Dr. Michael "Mike" Stanley Watford, Sr., age 61, went to be with his Lord Monday, September 24, 2012, at his home following an illness. Born September 16, 1951 in Camden, SC, he was the son of Rev. Lonnie Ernest Watford, Jr. and Mrs. Colleen M. Watford.
Dr. Watford graduated from Camden High School in 1969, was a member of Citadel’s 1973 graduating class, received his Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest and a doctoral degree in Theology from Drew University in 1988. He went on to serve the community for more than thirty years as a Baptist minister, more recently working with Woodman of the World and he was a member of Grace Baptist Church of Horry County. Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing and telling a good joke. Most of all he enjoyed serving the Lord.
Survivors include his parents of Camden, SC; his wife of thirty-nine years, Barbara Jeffcoat Watford, two daughters, Danielle Watford and fiancé Buddy McDowell and Christy Watford-Suggs and husband, Kevin all of Loris, SC; one son, Stan Watford, Jr. and wife, Ashley of Loris, SC; three grandchildren, Grace Suggs and Alyssa and Brayden Watford; one brother, Dr. C. Bruce Watford and wife, Sheryl of Elgin, SC; two sisters, Sheryl Lynn Watford and Marcia White of Fayetteville, GA and Lisa Pottieger and husband, David of Camden, SC; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Linda and Conrad Cooper of Lexington, SC; two nieces, one nephew, three great-nephews and two great-nieces
Funeral services were held at 4:00 pm Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church with committal services following at the church cemetery. Dr. C. Bruce Watford, Rev. Randy Ghent and Rev. Marcus Fowler will officiate services. A visitation was Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Hardwick Funeral Home. Those who wish may make memorials to the Watford Family Memorial Fund, c/o Mr. Dennis Coats, 3311 Broad Street, Loris, SC 29569. Please sign Dr. Watford’s online guestbook at hardwickfuneralhome.com or call Hardwick Funeral Home at 843-756-7001 for further information.