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Darryl Lawrence Watson (Darryl) was born a twin on August 25, 1963, in Chicago, IL to the union of Lawrence Jones and Ozzie Jones-Watson. Darryl's childhood was a time of curiosity and growth. He attended Perry Elementary School and Fenger High School in Chicago, IL. Darryl accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He became more independent and started to develop his own interests and passions. His teenage years were an exciting chapter in his life, whether pursuing creative endeavors, or building lifelong friendships with mentors and mentees.
Darryl relocated to South Bend, IN in the early 1990’s and was a member of New Horizons Outreach Ministry where he met and united in marriage with Tonya Powell in 1994. Together, they were blessed with six beautiful children. Darryl's greatest joy in life was his family, and he cherished every moment spent with them.
Darryl was a skilled and accomplished journeyman carpenter. He had a true passion for woodworking and took great pride in his craft. From building intricate furniture pieces to constructing structures. Darryl's talent and dedication shined through in every project he undertook. His attention to detail and craftsmanship were admired by all who had the pleasure of witnessing his work. Darryl's legacy as a journeyman carpenter will continue to inspire others in the field. In 2017, Darryl started a new career as Transporter for Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. He really enjoyed working and ministering to staff and patients in need of conversation or encouragement.
Darryl was a loving and devoted father to his children and grandson. He took pride in being very active in their lives to ensure their success, always challenging them to strive for greatness. He attended every parent-teacher conference, chaperoned field trips, and supported every extracurricular activity. He took on the responsibility of raising his children on his own, instilling Christian values, love and discipline. Despite the trials that came his way, he did his best offering guidance, encouragement, and constant support. His legacy as a loving father and grandfather will live on through the love and values rooted in them.
Darryl's strong faith in God was an essential part of his life. He was a devout Christian and remained a member of River of Life Family Church. His faith provided him with a strong moral compass and a sense of purpose, strength, and inspiration. Darryl's belief in God was a source of comfort and hope for him, especially during challenging times. His commitment to his faith was integral to the person he was and will be forever remembered by those who knew him.
Darryl, our beloved son, father, brother, and friend was called home February 11, 2024. He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence Jones and Ozzie Jones-Watson and his twin brother Derrick (Carolyn) Watson.
Darryl is survived by his six children; Dominique S. Watson; Gabrielle L. Watson; Danae E. Watson; Sierra N. Watson; Jessi D. Watson, and Joshua D. Watson. One grandson; Bryshere Watson. Seven sibling, Donald Watson (Angel); Anthony Watson; Debra Watson; Jeanette Stroud (Benjamin); Andre Jones (Monique); Angela Tillman (Matthew) and Brian Watson (Melanie). Darryl also leaves a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and wide circle of dear friends who were touched by his kindness and friendship.
Darryl's life was a testament to the power of love, resilience, and family. His impact on their lives will always be cherished, and his memory will continue to be celebrated by those who were fortunate enough to know and love him.