Devon Rashad Watson was born June 28, 1998 in Bainbridge, GA to parents Patrea Bouie and Terry Watson. During his relatively brief time on earth, Devon warmed the hearts of many with his radiant smile and joyful spirit. In all of His wisdom and sovereign- ty, God received Devon into His everlasting arms on Sunday, February 2, 2020 following a brief illness. Already missed by all who loved him, Devon’s life was impactful and will not be soon forgotten. Devon spent his earliest years in Decatur County, GA—in Attapulgus and Cairo, GA. As a kid and even as a young adult, he was very mild mannered and extremely soft-spoken. His mom says with laughter that he spoke so softly that only his younger sister and little cousins understood him. A fun-loving kid, Devon loved his family and spent much time with them. He was an awesome big brother and a loving son. Kindness and compassion for others were two of his most admirable qualities...and who can forget his big smile. In these times, we embrace memories of a beautiful soul and rejoice in the Lord that we had the opportunity to en- joy him for 21 years. Though saddened by his departure, we give thanks with hope as we remember him well and look forward to a time when we will be reunited...where the sun is always shining, where troubles are no more. We cling to Jesus Christ, our very present help and the only hope we know.
Devon attended Southside Elementary School (Cairo, GA), Northeast Middle School (Tifton, GA) and Tift County High School (Tifton, GA). An artistic young man, Devon found a great love for music and also took interest in animation. He was dedicated to both crafts and spent time developing himself in both. In 2016, he received training in digital arts—specifically animation during his time in the National Guard Youth Challenge Program in Hinesville, GA, which led to an opportunity to pursue further training in California. Rather, he chose to remain in the Atlanta area where he invested in his greater passion—music and song writing. In his spare time, he would be found writing song lyrics in his notebook. Devon often spent time with a few of his friends working on songs that he had written. In 2019 Devon began studying music at the SAE Institute of Atlanta. He also loved making prank videos and critiquing videos on YouTube. His family recalls one day in particular when he ignored them as they spoke to him. Little did they know, he was recording the whole act as a part of a prank video called “Ignore My Family.” Devon’s latest pursuit was to acquire his CDL license out in Salt Lake City, UT. Successful in this endeavor, he was a driver-in-training until his untimely death. Devon was adored by all and leaves to cherish his memory his loving mother, Patrea Bouie (Curtis) of Stone Mountain, GA and devoted father, Terry Watkins of Atlanta, GA. He will be sorely missed by his two sisters, Naterria Watson of Stone Mountain, GA and Nieesha Watson of Puerto Rico; his grandmothers, Margaret Sapp of Attapulgus, GA and Queen Johnson of Cairo, GA; his maternal grandfather, Patrick Bouie of Reno, GA; four uncles, Fredrickus Sapp of Attapulgus, GA, Shannon Sapp (Norma) of San Antonio, TX, Jermaine Bouie of Thomasvile, GA and Gerald Crawford of West Palm Beach, FL; six aunts, Katreva Dupont of Savan- nah, GA, Elaine Lorelike (Ryan) of Lithonia, GA, Tarissa Crawford of Atlanta, GA, Laurie Crawford of Atlanta, GA, Leslie Crawford of Atlanta, GA and Diana Johnson of Tallahassee, FL; and one special great aunt, Shirley Tatum (Clarence) of Bainbridge, GA. Family and friends, it is never easy to make sense of the loss of those we love so dearly, especially when they are so young, but we must trust in God’s love for us all...and the love that He had for Devon. While this has taken us all by surprise, God in His infi- nite knowledge knew this day would come. He gave us 21 and a half beautiful and very special years to know, to enjoy and to love a special young man named Devon. We hurt much because we loved much. So cry if you must cry, but don’t stay there. Thank God for the great times shared. “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21
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