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Memorial services for James Jackie Watts, 84, of Cullman will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at New Hope No. 2 Baptist Church, Bro. Sherman Bailey and Bro. Patrick Morton officiating.
Mr. Watts passed away Dec. 17, at home surrounded by family. He was born April 6, 1933, to Theodore and Vella Mae Watts.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kennie Watts; brothers, J.T. Watts Jr. and Bill Watts.
Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Helen Watts; one daughter, Debbie (Randy) Bates; two sons, Keith (Carol) Watts and Jayson (Crystal) Watts; two sisters, Polly Ray and Glenda Bates; grandchildren, Wesley (Misty) Watts, Phillip (Sally) Watts, Casey (Morgan) Watts, Meagan (Erik) Keese, Nicholas (Kristina) Watts, Kaleb Watts, Courtney (Dillon) Jarrett; and great-grandchildren, Bailey and Addie Watts, Ella and Cohen Watts, Lydia and London Watts and Colt Keese.
Jack was a longtime member of New Hope No. 2 Baptist Church, married to the love of his life, Jan. 14, 1953. After getting drafted into the U.S. Army he served in the Korean conflict. When he got home from serving our country he worked for Burgess Construction Company hauling heavy equipment all over Alabama. After that, he was an instructor at Wallace State Community College, teaching diesel and heavy equipment, all the while running a cattle operation at home. Jack received his bachelor's degree in business from Athens State University, while working at USBI in Huntsville. After retiring, he opened his own Tack and Saddle Shop where he built and repaired many saddles. Everyone that knew him knew he always had a story to tell, and a laugh to give, along with a pocket full of candy. He taught his kids and grandkids that working hard and being honest was everything, but don't forget to have some fun along the way.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Comfort Care Hospice of Cullman.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cullmanfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 18, 2017
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