Bryan Douglas-Watts, of Niles

Published 8:50 am Monday, April 10, 2017

Dec. 24, 2003 — April 1, 2017

Bryan A. Douglas-Watts, 13, of Niles, passed away suddenly Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Quality Inn Hotel in Niles.
He was born Dec. 24, 2003, in Niles to Paula A. Watts at Lakeland Hospital.
To know Bryan (“Lil B”) was to love Bryan, and if you ever met Bryan, you know exactly what I mean by that.
Bryan’s age may have said he was only 13 years old, but from birth I knew my child had been here before. He had an old soul, and every time he opened his mouth he amazed whomever he talked to. When I carried Bryan in my womb, I knew I was carrying the gift of life. Oh my God, Bryan was so special; he was our everything!
Family meant the world to Bryan. All he ever wanted was for his family to be together all at once. Bryan had a heart like David; he really was a child of God. He had a heart for people and everybody knew it. Every time we saw a person in need, Bryan gave his last to them.
If you really want to know what kind of kid Bryan was, look at the person next to you, take the shirt off your back and give it to them. Look down at your feet, take your shoes off and give it to them. Bryan was a giver, and all the kids and adults loved him so much, he protected kids he didn’t even know because he didn’t like people being messed

Bryan Douglas-Watts

He was a lover, and I used to say jokingly, “Boy you don’t know nothing about love.” He’d say, “Yes I do momma, you showed me what love is.” Bryan was a golden child, and he lived his life to the fullest. I know my child will live for eternity. Our last conversation we had, he said to me: “Mom, I think God finally heard my prayer. Before I went to sleep I read my Bible and when I woke up this morning, you didn’t have to tell me to pray or read my Bible because I already did it.” It made me feel so, so, so good to hear him say that. As I dropped him off, he opened my car door, gave me a hug, kissed me on my cheek and said: “I’m ‘bout to have fun this weekend momma. This party gone be lit.” I said: “OK Bryan. Have fun, be happy.” He said: “Thank you, mom. You go be happy, too.”
Bryan attended his birth church Old Path COGIC, Living Word Cathedral COGIC, Faith Apostolic Ministries and his current church, New Beginnings Ministries.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Paul Watts, and a very special father-figure in his life, Derrell Jenkins.
Bryan is survived by his loving mother, Paula A. Watts (James Stokes) of Niles; sister Brianna Brown; paternal grandparents Elsie and Clarence “Nick” Smith; aunts and uncles Robert Rolan, Doletha Rolan, John (Marjorie) Rolan, Corey (Denise) Rodgers, Regena Rolan and Paul (Jazmyn) Watts; special aunts Shannon McNeal-Dixon, La Shawn Brookins and Angela Nickens; cousins Juanita Buck, David (Candice) Shannon, Victor Shannon, Corey “C.J.” Rodgers, Brieona Maxwell, Kendra Sambo, Janelle (Paul) Watts and Farries Maxwell (Lil Farries); best friends Jabri, Demetrius, Jason, K.K. and Taya; a special friend, Cameron Peterson; and a host of family members and friends who loved him.
A time of visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Niles. Funeral services will be at noon Thursday, April 13, 2017. at Faith Apostolic Ministries, 909 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, Indiana. Committal services will follow in Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bryan’s memory to his mother, or on the GoFundMe page at
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home in Niles.