Funeral services for Willie Mae Watlington will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday June 15, 2013 at Harold L. & Dorothy J. Young Memorial Chapel.
Burial will be in Smith Cemetery directed Young & Young Funeral Home of Hartsville.
Willie Mae Watlington was born July 2, 1931 in Hartsville, South Carolina, Chesterfiled County. She was the was the of eight children born to Noah and Flora Smith who proceeded in death as well as 2 Sisters; Rebecca Frazier and Anna Hazel Hedit and one brother, Noah Smith,Jr.
She attended elementary school at Ousleydale Baptist Church School and graduated from Butler High School. She later attended Morris Beauty College, where she received her certificate in Cosmetology.
In 1952, she married Richard Coleman, Sr. in Chicago and one son was born; Richard Coleman, Jr.
In 1958, she accepted Al-Islam and became a Muslim, she joined the Nation of Islam under the leadership of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and remained faithful until her passing.
She later remarried to Minister Raymond Watlington and they moved to Houston, Texas. To this marriage, one daughter Vanessa S. Watlington was born. Minister Watlington preceded her in death.
Willie Mae returned to Chicago where she remained until she retired from Champion Tech, and returned home to Hartsville, South Carolina in 1998.
Willie Mae's most cherished possessions were her children and grandchildren who she always spoke most fondly about.
She leaves to mourn: Richard Coleman, Jr. of Chicago, Illinois, and Vanessa S. Watlington of Hartsville, South Carolina. Grandchildren: Raheem Watlington of Chicago, Illinois, Agoya and Ayana Marsh of Hartsville, South Carolina, Carlita (Dmitri) Joe of Westchester, Illinois. Three sisters: Clearetta (Curtis) Smith, Arifah Sabari and Martha Bradford all of Hartsville, South Carolina and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and friends who she dearly loved.