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515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
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Sumter, SC 29150
803-775-7500
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Sumter, SC 29150
803-775-7500

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Elwyn Watt

Elwyn Morgan "E.M." Watt Jr.

Friday, December 5th, 1930 - Saturday, August 8th, 2020
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Elwyn Morgan “E.M.” Watt, Jr., 89, husband of Patsy Prescott Watt, died Saturday, August 8, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey.

Born December 5, 1930, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Elwyn Morgan Watt, Sr. and the late Pauline Kvaternik Singleton Watt. He graduated from Edmunds High School 1949 where he excelled in sports. He continued his academic and athletic career at Presbyterian College and he served as President of the Student Body. In 1952 and 1953, E.M. Was the individual high scorer at the State Intercollegiate Track Championship. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He became a teacher and coach at Mayesville High School in 1955 and later that year moved to Mayewood High School where he was instrumental in building the track. He was extremely proud of the five man track team that won the state track meet. He was a farmer and dairyman as well as an avid hunter and fisherman, who loved nature and the outdoors, especially his farm that he named “The Swamp” He attended Lewis Chapel United Methodist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher. He was inducted into the Sumter Sports Hall of Fame, served on the Sumter School District 2 Board for 8 years, was a member of the Board at Sumter Dairies, served as past president of the Sumter County Farm Bureau, was a member of the American Legion Post 15, and was active in the American Cancer Society.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years; three children, Meri Wyn Hudson (Steve), Georgana Stegner (Joe), and Morgan Watt (Sherri) all of Sumter; a special exchange student that became a member of the family, Oliver “Oli” Thoma of Germany; six grandchildren, Jordan Ruska (Hal), Meredith Wiseman, Hazel Gray Hudson Hughes (Walter), Harrison Hudson, Bryson Watt, and John Myers Watt; two sisters, Tona Chandler (Pat) and Marguerite Huggins all of Sumter; two brothers, Frank Singleton (Joanne) of Chapin and Bob Singleton (Jane) of FL; sisters-in-law, Jeannine Watt and Dawn Yates (Joel) all of Sumter, and Bonnie Strange of Statesboro, GA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Caro Leigh Jackson McElveen, Wylma Ridgeway, Clyde Hook, Edna Touchberry, Gertrude Benbow, Iris Mills, Roberta Singleton, and Vera Stokes Bradham; and brothers, John Allen Watt, Thomas Watt, and William Singleton.

E.M. will always be remembered for his diverse athletic ability, humor and quick wit, generosity toward strangers, and his love for his family. He was especially proud to open his home for Thanksgiving Day gatherings for family and friends over the last 50 plus years.

Due to the COVID -19 Pandemic, a private family service will be held. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brunson Cemetery Fund, 200 McInnis Store Rd., Sumter, SC 29153 or to Lewis Chapel United Methodist Church, 1510 Plowden Mill Rd., Sumter, SC 29153.

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.
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Glen Browder

Posted at 06:49pm
I am so sad to see this obituary. I am a native of Sumter and graduate of Edmunds High School; but I did not know E.M. Watt personally. I learned about him when I attended Presbyterian College about 10 years after he was a student and athlete there. My friends among the faculty and staff spoke of him with tremendous admiration and respect. "Kilo-watt"--as they called him-- was an athlete of blazing speed and talent. I have never heard anything negative about him since those days; and I am sorry that I did not get to know him in later years. I belatedly extend my condolences to the family.
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Michele Moses

Posted at 10:44am
My sincere condolences to the family of Elwyn Watt Jr. Special hugs to Mrs. Patsy, Meri Wyn, Georgana, and Morgan. Y'all are one of the sweetest and dearest families I know. My prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Hugs and tears, Michele Moses
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515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
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Email: funeralhome@ftc-i.net
803-775-7500 Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home
515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
Fax: 803-774-2037
Email: funeralhome@ftc-i.net
803-775-7500 Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home
515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
Fax: 803-774-2037
Email: funeralhome@ftc-i.net
803-775-7500 Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home
515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
Fax: 803-774-2037
Email: funeralhome@ftc-i.net
803-775-7500 Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home
515 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150
Fax: 803-774-2037
Email: funeralhome@ftc-i.net