I learned of the passing of Bill Watts last week via Barbara Van Camp’s Watts Family forum on Facebook.
Bill and his family were a big part of my childhood. In the 1970s and 1980s, they lived a couple of blocks away from us in Harvey, Illinois. Bill was my dad’s first cousin – Bill’s father Charles Watts was brother to Blanche Graham, dad’s mom. We would visit Bill and Stella often in those days. Mom and dad credit Bill and Stella with introducing them to each other (Stella is mom’s first cousin), so without Bill it’s possible I might not have existed!
Rest in peace.
Mr. Billy Wayne Watts
Billy Wayne Watts, age 74 of Marshall, Arkansas passed from this life on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Washington Regional in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born in Marshall, Arkansas on October 10, 1939 to Charles and Ruby (Jackson) Watts.
Billy attended the South Mountain Freewill Baptist Church. He worked for eighteen years as a police officer on the Harvey Police Department in Harvey, IL. Billy also served as Deputy Marshall on the Marshall Police Department for four years and was an elected constable of Bear Creek 6 until his death. He loved eating his wife’s good cooking, watching TV, reading and when he was able, riding his tractor around the family farm. Billy enjoyed visiting with family and friends, especially spending time with his grandchildren.
His parents; two children, Lori Watts and Michael Watts; and one infant grandchild, Nathan Watts, precede Billy in death.
Survivors include his wife, Stella (Stephens) Watts of the home; sons, Christopher Watts and wife Robin of Romeoville, IL, Mitchell Watts of Chicago, IL and David Watts of Marshall; daughters, Debra Secor and husband Arthur of Chicago, IL and Mandy Watts of Newport; grandchildren, Brandi, Marina, Samantha, Alexis, Logan, Timothy, Aubrey, James, Adam, Ryan, David, Vanessa, Rubin, Kyle, Britney, Trinten and Jacob; seven great grandchildren; and one brother, Benny Watts and wife Betty of Marshall.
Funeral services for Billy will be 2:00 PM Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Roller-Coffman Funeral Home in Marshall, Arkansas with Bro. James Tibbitts and Bro. James Horton officiating. Cremation will follow the service with burial in Rambo Cemetery at a later date.
Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Watts, Mitchell Watts, David Watts, Jacob Watts, Keith Watts, Kevin Watts and Arthur Secor.
Roller-Coffman Funeral Home, “Mr. Billy Wayne Watts.” Retrieved on 29 August 2014.