Name:   Johnny Ashworth Watts

From:  The Roane County News, Kingston, Tennessee
Date:  Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Johnny A. Watts, 76, died unexpectedly at his home in Kingston on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

He was born in Asheville, N.C. on Feb. 6, 1928. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Tilson Watts Sr. and Lela Mae Black Watts; and a brother, Lester Tilson Watts Jr.

He was a member of the Methodist Church in Hendersonville, N.C. He attended Central High School in Knoxville prior to being drafted in 1946, where he attained the rank of sergeant in the Army Air Corps. He attended undergraduate school at the University of Tennessee and was employed in Reactor Research at ORNL, X-10 for more than 17 years. He then spent 23 years as the Southeastern Field Representative for the Young American Bowling Alliance (YABA) prior to retirement. He dedicated most of his adult life to the youth bowlers in Kingston, the Tennessee State Youth Bowling Alliance and other entities of the bowling world.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Marjory Meadows Watts; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Watts of Knoxville; son and daughter-in-law, John Michael and Faye Watts of Washington, N.C.; grandson, Army Sgt. Rory I. Watts of Fort Stewart Ga.; granddaughter, Ashley M. Watts and grandson Sean M. Watts of Washington, N.C.; daughter from a previous marriage, Sharon Watts Rudder of Knoxville; grandsons,

Keith and Daniel Rudder; and great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Rudder.

Internment was at Anderson Memorial Gardens in a private family funeral service on Sunday Dec. 26 with the Rev. Steve Martin officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a college scholarship for youth involved in a YABA program being established in Mr. Watts' name or the youth charity of your choice. Please contact the United Community Bank, 223 N. Third St., Kingston. TN 37763 for further information concerning the scholarship fund.

Weatherford Mortuary of Oak Ridge was in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book can be signed at