The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


May 22, 2013

Bernice Watts

Bernice Smith Watts, 91, of Decatur, Ga., died Thursday, May 16, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Garland and Corinne Smith; and husband, Elbert Watts.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Ellyn and Paul Foltz; son and daughter-in-law, John Watts and Linda Lakes; grandchildren, Ashby Foltz, Corinne Watts and Tennison Watts; sister, Edith Fortenberry; nephew, Ron Fortenberry; sister-in-law, Jane W. Hamby; brother-in-law, James J. Hamby and their family.  

Mrs. Watts also leaves behind many longtime friends in Virginia, Alabama and Atlanta as well as a devoted professional caregiver, Mrs. Janice Y. Marshall.

Mrs. Watts was born in Elkmont and held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.  She spent her career as an elementary school teacher in Florence, Charlottesville, Va., and Fairfax County, Va.

Mrs. Watts moved with her husband, Elbert Watts, to Atlanta in 1977, where they became longtime members of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church and were active members of the Graydon Sunday school class. In retirement, Mrs. Watts enjoyed travel to Europe, Hawaii and throughout the U.S. and Canada with her husband. 

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, Ga., with the Rev. Lewis Miller officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The General Memorial Fund of Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur, GA 30033; or to the giver’s favorite charity.

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