Billy Watts

Billy Watts

Thursday, November 12th, 1942 - Thursday, September 24th, 2020
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Billy Louis Watts, was born November 12, 1942 in Iredell County, N. C., and was the son of the late Ernest Alfred Watts, Sr. and Viola Shives Watts. He departed this life on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at Iredell Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.
He attended Morningside School and graduated in the class of 1960. Billy enrolled in NCCU in 1960, where he earned an undergraduate degree with a major in English and a minor in music. His commencement exercise in was in 1964. He did further studies at the National Education Institute- Columbia University in New York in 1967; Catawba Valley Technical Institute where he received an Associate Degree in Applied Science; a Data processing Technology Degree in 1972; also Billy attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, obtaining a Master of Education Degree in 1979; Appalachian State University, receiving a Specialist in Education Degree in 1989; and Catawba Valley Community College, where he earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science- Business Computer Programming, with Phi Theta Kappa honors in 1992. Billy taught in Bel Haven, NC, and later returned to Statesville, where he was employed in the Iredell-Statesville Schools System. He was a classroom teacher, and later became an assistant principal, and supervisor. Billy’s services with the Iredell-Statesville School System, expanded for 31 years.

He served with a strong sense of dedication, determination and diligence as a member of the Carolina Region Lay Leader of the Carolina Region Annual Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church for approximately eight years. He restarted the Lay Luncheon in 2006 for the Carolina Region. Mr. Watts spent time traveling to different churches presenting Workshops on the Lay Ministry. Mr. Watts was active in the Winston Salem/Greenville District Local Lay Council.
At Holsey Memorial, Mr. Billy Watts faithfully served as Sunday School Superintendent. He had a passion for teaching God's Word. Mr. Watts often challenged people to step out of their comfort zone and to become more involved in Sunday Church School. As a result, the Sunday Church School began to grow.

Mr. Watts was actively involved and totally committed in the Financial aspect and other areas of the Church. He served as the Recording Steward for many years, and on the Social Concerns Auxiliary, and the Senior Choir. He was instrumental in getting the baby grand piano at the church. Even though Mr. Watts' health started to decline, he was concern about the welfare of the church and still continued to support the church. Often times he would make contributions and support for persons that went to college to further their education.

He has received numerous certificates and plaques honoring his work at Holsey Memorial, in the community, on the District and Annual Conference level of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

Along with his solid faith, he had a great sense of humor. He often evoked laughter from others with his quick-witted responses and statements.

In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Clara Shives, and his paternal grandparents, Junious and Zora Lackey Watts; his brother, Earnest Alfred Watts, several uncles, aunts, and cousins.

He leaves to cherish the memories of his life, two nephews; Russell Alfred (Valerie) Watts, of Ayer, Massachusetts, Billy Louis Watts, of Aurora, Colorado, a niece, Tamra Sawyer; two great nieces, Shanta Sawyer, of Mooresville, and Naomi Watts, of Ayer Massachusetts; two great nephews, William Louis Watts II and David Franklin Watts, of Colorado Springs; one aunt, Beulah Watts Mack, of Statesville; a sister-in-law, Mary Agnes Watts, of Statesville; and a host of cousins, church family, and numerous friends.
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  • Service

    Thursday, October 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, October 1st, 2020 11:00am
    Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary
    603 South Center Street
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  • Interment

    Belmont Cemetery
    Greenbriar Road
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Conrad Dalton

Posted at 08:02am
Rest in PEACE my classmate from Morningside High School Class of 60. My regards to the family and friends. Conrad Dalton

Doris G Turner

Posted at 06:32am
My dear friend, I will truly miss you. Your friend from our days on Chambers Street and all the good times in between. Rest in PEACE Billy. “Poochie” Doris Greene

Leavie J. Davis, Jr.

Posted at 07:30am
Mr. Billy L. Watts was the Senior Class Advisor and teacher of English and French for the 1967 Senior Class of Beaufort County High School in Pantego, North Carolina 27860. From then until now, Mr. Watts remained a beloved friend and occasionally returned to Homecoming Activities and Class Reunions. His passing was unexpected and he will be forever remembered as our Advisor. Many members of our class kept in touch with Mr. Watts and one classmate, Everett L. O'Neal, often visited with Mr. Watts at his home in Statesville. In a recent telephone conversation I had with Mr. Watts, he was as jovial and affable as ever while asking about former students and colleagues. He was that kind of guy! He will be missed.
And so, as this chapter draws to a close, the Class of 1967 shares in the sadness of the family in the passing of Mr. Watts. We send healing prayers and comforting hugs and pray God's Grace for the Soul of this Christian Warrior.

Leavie J. Davis, Jr.
Senior Class President
P. O. Box 61045,
Durham, NC 27715

Leavie J. Davis, Jr. Posted at 05:51pm

I neglected to mention that the 1967 Senior Class referenced herein was Mr. Watts' first class in his first job after graduating from North Carolina Central University. Leavie J. Davis, Jr.

Faye Little

Posted at 12:13pm
Wow, just heard of Emma now My Friend Billy. We always teased each other calling each other “girl friend/boy friend” as a joke. He will truly be missed by All, whether it was gathering everyone for Family reunions or traveling the world. May you RIH. Prayerfully Yours, Faye Little❤️🙏🏽🥀

Cynthia Brown Posted at 01:47pm

My condolences to the Family of Billy and Emma. Praying for each and every one of you. God's Speed!!!

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