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July 06, 2022

Robert (Steve) Watts

Robert (Steve) Watts

Robert (Steve) Watts, 88, of Baker’s Cove Road, Taylorsville, passed away peacefully Friday, May 21, 2021, at his home.

Steve was born Tuesday, October 4, 1932, to the late John (Cub) Culberson Watts and Nettie Barnes Watts. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Taylorsville.

Steve graduated from Taylorsville High School, Lenoir Rhyne College, and Appalachian State University. Steve served our country in the Army stationed in Hawaii, while he was there, he visited Guam and Japan. Steve taught for two years in Frankfurt, Germany, and toured many European countries. He also taught in Miami, Florida, at Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina, three years at Mitchell College in Statesville, Statesville, Watauga, and Alexander County. He was the principal of Wittenberg Elementary School for 20 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Kelly (Mae) Watts, Floyd (Evelyn) Watts, and Harry Watts; and three sisters, Marie (Pete) Robinette, Margaret (Gene) Rathje, and Madge (Ted) Little.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 53 years, Dianne Annas Watts of the home; a son, Robert Anthony Watts of Taylorsville; a daughter, Heidi Elizabeth Watts of Taylorsville; his furry friends, Maggie, Rosko, and Daysi; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rebecca and Dan Hignight of Taylorsville; two nieces; and seven nephews.

A private graveside service will be conducted Thursday, May 27, 2021, at the Taylorsville City Cemetery. No formal visitation will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Taylorsville First Baptist Church, PO Box 305, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.

Chapman Funeral Home is serving the Steve Watts Family.

1 Comment

  1. Margaret Whisnant on May 31, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    My sincere sympathies to Diane and children.

    I worked for Steve at Wittenberg from 1965-1967. He came to Lenoir Rhyne just before I graduated and hired me for my first teaching job! He was an energetic, serious leader with a great sense of humor that made my first two years of teaching a happy, memorable learning experience.

    His life was a series of constructive accomplishments, and undoubtedly he had a positive effect of countless people.
    Rest in Peace, Mr. Watts.

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