June 17, 1939 ~ May 20, 2020

Born in: Harlan County , KY
Resided in: Philpot , KY

Fred Wesley Watts, 80, of Philpot passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Twin Rivers Nursing & Rehabilitation. He was born in Harlan County on June 17, 1939 to the late Fred Lee and Inez Dugger Watts. Fred was retired from Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 633 where he worked as a plumber, pipefitter, and welder. He served in the United States Navy. Fred was a former President of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 633, and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Ensor, Kentucky. He enjoyed woodworking, working in the yard, spending time with the family, especially his grandchildren. He loved to barbecue, being around people, listening to music, traveling, and living life.

Along with his parents, Fred is preceded in death by his sister, Nadine Blair.

Fred is survived by his wife of 59 years, Edna Crutcher Watts; his children, Greg (Suzy) Watts of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Melanie Watts, Kelly Howard, and Zachary (Katrina) Watts, all of Owensboro; 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and his sister, Stacia (Thomas) Jarvis, of Yelvington, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, with Brother Craig Bratcher officiating. Burial will follow at Owensboro Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday, and again 10:00 am until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Watts. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Fred Wesley Watts and sign his virtual guest book by going to

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  1. Fleet Reserve Association Tri-State Branch #105
    C/o 4100 Kipling Drive
    Owensboro, Kentucky 42303-7220

    In recognition of Fred Wesley Watts’
    honorable service to the United States of America, and the United States Navy; We extend our
    appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country, and the USN.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

    In Loyalty, Protection, and Service, The Shipmates of Branch #105

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Buddy was always good to me and I loved his sense of humor. I know he will be missed.

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers for the

    Mike & Doris (Ford)Atherton
    Navarre, Fl

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