McMinnville resident and Warren County native James Franklin Watts, 74, was born April 29, 1938 and died Aug. 1 at Manchester Health Care Center in Manchester following an extended illness.
A retired firefighter with McMinnville Fire Department, he was the son of the late Robert Fuston and Delzel Kirby Watts. He was married Dec. 24, 1955 to Doris Elizabeth Morton Watts, who preceded him in death Oct. 7, 1993.
He is survived by five children and their spouses, Danny and Sandra Watts of Gruetli-Laager, and Dennis Watts, DeWayne and Teresa Watts, Donna and Gerry Croney and Gary Watts, all of Murfreesboro; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Arnold and Melba Jean Watts of McMinnville; two sisters and brother-in-law, Betty Sue McMillen and Patricia and Bobby Stewart, both of McMinnville; several nieces and nephews and companion, Paulette Polson of McMinnville.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today in High’s Chapel with Patt Dennis officiating. Burial will follow at Shellsford Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until time of service Friday at High’s.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Aug. 3, 2012