Robert Watts, 86, and a resident of Parksley, quietly passed away Saturday, October 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.

Bob was born on September 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 United States Army, and served several years on active duty, both stateside and in Germany and Korea. Bob was retired from the United States Army Reserves with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

He was retired from the United States 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.

Bob 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 studying 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.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of fifty-seven 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, October 27th at 3:00 PM from the Hallwood Baptist Church in Hallwood with Rev. Danny Shrieves officiating.

If friends desire, they 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 are by the Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley, VA.

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