Mat­tie R. Way

The Covington News - - Local News -

Mat­tie R. Way died Jan. 28. The daugh­ter of the late Ge­orge and Lucy (Allen) Watkins, she was born in 1937 in Buck­ing­ham County, Va. She moved to New Jer­sey and joined the Union Bap­tist Church in Pas­saic, N.J. She later joined Christ Tem­ple Bap­tist Church, founded by her par­ents. Mrs. Way was a mem­ber of the choir and Mis­sion­ary Cir­cle and ad­viser to the Ju­nior Usher Board. She later moved her mem­ber­ship to the United Methodist Church, Orange, N.J., un­der the lead­er­ship of her son-in-law the Rev. Al­fred McCray Jr. She moved to Cov­ing­ton to live with her daugh­ter Kim and at­tended Spring Hill United Methodist. Mrs. Way loved her fam­ily. Cook­ing was one of her hob­bies.

If you were hun­gry, she would feed you. She be­gan her cater­ing busi­ness in the early 1970s. She was pre­ceded in death by par­ents and 16 sib­lings.

Sur­viv­ing are son Paul Watkins, Pater­son, N.J.; daugh­ters Michelle Way (Kelly) Pater­son, N.J., Yolanda Thomas (Leon), Decatur, Kim (the Rev. Al­fred) McCray, Cov­ing­ton; grand­chil­dren Mau­rice and Quaran Len­non, Mecca and Xavier Watkins, Tif­fany Keemer, Kelly Al­ston, Travis and Bria Ter­rell, Isa­iah, Mi­ca­iah and Se­ma­iah McCray; 13 great-grand­chil­dren; spe­cial great-grand­daugh­ter Na’Lashia Hasty whom she raised; god­chil­dren Mar­lene Good­ing (La­mont), Tamika McDuffy (Da­mon), Ja­son and Da­neen Green­wood; spe­cial nieces and neph­ews Ge­or­gianna “Cook” (Henry) Mack, Ida Ruth ”Ruth” (Ron­ald) Stokes, Wil­helmina “Mina” (Wil­son) Med­ley, Susie Durham, El­iz­a­beth (Elder Petro) Lamb, Ge­orge “Sonny” Booker; close cousin Louis (Ester) Bolling; spe­cial friends Carnie P. Bragg Jr., James Brown, Betty Rhyme, the Rev. Estella Horne, Vir­ginia Co­hen, Car­rie Mathis, Ad­die Jo White, Pren­tis Mackey, Arthine Fra­zier, Dorothy Knapp, Melonie Har­wood, Elaine DeMarco, Janet Good­man; adopted sons and daugh­ters Elder Kay (Bishop Her­bert) Banks, Shirley (Ed­win) McMil­lan, Linda (Wal­ter) Gilchrist, Char­lotte (Phillip) Wise, Bessie Free­man, Kel­ton Webb, Natasha (James) Sher­man, Terry (John­nie) Woodruff, Dr. Sal­lie Mills, Cas­san­dra Mitchell, Carol (Ron­ald) McLau­rin, Linda Har­ring­ton, Deb­ora (Lee) Pittman; a host of nieces, neph­ews, adopted grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren, cousins, rel­a­tives, ex­tended fam­ily and friends.

Funeral ser­vices were held at 1 p.m. Feb. 8 at Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. Matt Mur­phy and the Rev. Al­fred McCray of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment fol­lowed at New Cov­ing­ton Ceme­tery, Cov­ing­ton.

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