Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Retha Mae Ray Watford, 85, widow of Benjamin B. “BB” Watford, died Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at her residence. Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Daniel Cason and the Rev. Murray Powell, were held Friday, December 6, 2013, at Black River Original Free Will Baptist Church. Burial, directed by Andrews Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home, followed at Ivey Cemetery. Mrs. Watford was born May 24, 1928, in Andrews, the daughter of the late John Causey Ray and Sadie Bell Taylor Ray. She grew up in Andrews and retired in 1990 from Andrews Apparel. She was a member and former Sunday school teacher at Black River Original Free Will Baptist Church. Two brothers, John L. Ray and William E. Ray, preceded her in death. Survivors are: three sons, Harold E. Watford (Dorothy) and Benjamin R. Watford (Terrie), both of Kingstree; and John C. Watford (Pam) of Andrews; three daughters, Jennie Lambert (Wayne), Rose W. Tedder (Ronnie), and Robin Watford, all of Andrews; two brothers, David L. Ray (Linda) of Andrews; and James C. Ray (Donna) of Bonneau; one sister, Edith R. Cooper (Donald) of Andrews; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice of SC, 500 Pamplico Hwy., Ste. D, Florence, SC 29505.