February 15, 2013

George Franklin Watts


— George Franklin Watts, 88, of Jacksonville, Fla., and formerly of Rocky Face, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Jacksonville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Claire Watts; son, Ronald Franklin Watts; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Foster; sisters, Phyllis Colleen Watkins, Della Louise McDade; brothers, Jack Ellis Watts and Horace Lionell Watts.

He was born June 4, 1924, in Lenoir City, Tenn., son of Ellis and Grace Foster Watts. George enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Jan. 18, 1941, and retired on Sept. 14, 1960, as a chief aviation machinist’s mate. He then attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical School in Florida and received his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering. He then worked for Pan American Airlines in Miami before retiring in 1981. George was devoted husband and father and a sincere friend to those who knew him.

George is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Linda Jean and Joseph Martin; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gail Beron, Beatrice and George Streeter, Sally and Don Rains; two grandchildren, Amy Watts and Mindi Bush.

A funeral to honor the life of Mr. George Franklin Watts will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Salem Baptist Church in Ringgold with the Rev. Mike Teague officiating. Entombment will be in Salem Baptist Church.

Julian Peeples Funeral Home, Westside Chapel, Rocky Face, is in charge of arrangements.