Billy  Watts

Billy Joe Watts

1932 - 2019

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Obituary of Billy Joe Watts

Billy Joe Watts (Bill), passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Doris T. Watts. He is the son of Elbert Martin Watts and Lydia Eula Knighten Watts. At present a resident of Kingsport, TN and former resident of Crown Point, LA. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force having proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was the owner of the former Watts Corp. of Lafitte, LA. He established this company with his father and was proud to be a part of this community. He was an avid tennis player, scuba diver and snow skier in his mid-life. Later he traveled working all over the United States and the world.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Miles Jeffery Watts; and sister, Linda Watts Furmaga.

Bill is survived by his children, Timothy Wayne Watts (Kelly Lankau), Billie Jo Watts LeBlanc (Nicky), Robin Ann Watts Boswell (Steve), Dr. Susan Watts Jeansonne (Dr. Gregory Jeansonne). He loved all of his grandchildren, Brett LeBlanc (Heather M.), Ryan LeBlanc (Heather S.), Alexa LeBlanc Lobre, Savannah Watts, Devin Watts, Shane Watts, Noel Jeansonne, Beau Jeansonne and Alex Raye Boswell. He enjoyed being with his great-grandchildren, Jax LeBlanc, Graham LeBlanc, Cole LeBlanc and Layla Lobre; several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their thanks to his doctor, Dr. Jantzi; the Amedisys hospice staff and visiting angels; also a special thanks to his daughter, Dr. Susan Watts Jeansonne and husband, Dr. Gregory Jeansonne and Beau Jeansonne for their help during the last days of Bill’s illness.

There will be no public service. He will be cremated and his ashes will be spread per his wishes with his family in a private gathering at a later time.

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Carter-Trent Funeral Home in downtown Kingsport is proudly serving the Watts family.