Mr. Robert Watts, 86, and a resident of Parksley, quietly passed away Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.
Bob, as he is known to his friends, was the youngest son of the late Howard Watts Sr. and the late Julia Mumma Watts of Parksley.
Mr. Watts was born on Sept. 13, 1932, in Parksley and graduated from Parksley High School, class of 1951, and from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, in 1955. He was a R.O.T.C. graduate and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served several years on active duty, both stateside and in Germany and Korea. Mr. Watts was retired from the U.S. Army Reserves with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He was retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1999, having worked in the states of New York, North Carolina, and Florida as an agricultural loan officer and office manager.
Mr. Watts was an active member of the Hallwood Baptist Church. He thoroughly enjoyed his church, members and friends, and was very faithful every week as well as studied his Bible religiously. He loved to discuss the Bible with anyone and everyone and particularly enjoyed Wednesday night prayer service, where there was always a lively discussion.
In addition to his Bible, there was the hobby of gardening. He loved it and was so happy just outdoors with a hoe and a rake and planting a new plant or tree.
Mr. Watts is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Janice Somers Watts; his son, Robert Kent Watts; and grandson, Nathan Robert Watts; as well as cousins and close friends.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Watts Sr., died several years ago, as well as his brothers, Howard Jr. and John Richard “Dick”. Dick was killed in World War II in 1945. An infant son died in 1963.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at 3 p.m. from the Hallwood Baptist Church, in Hallwood, with the Rev. Danny Shrieves officiating. Friends may visit at the residence at any time.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Hallwood Baptist Church, c/o Max Marshall, P.O. Box 36, Hallwood, VA 23359.
Arrangements were made by the Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley