HENRICO—James Russell Watts, 90, of Henrico passed on July 19, 2021. He was born March 27, 1931, in Nelson County, to the late Eddie Louis Watts Sr. and Alma Dawson Watts.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Rubinette “Ruby” Thomas Watts; siblings, Janet Martin, Mary North, Evelyn James, Eddie Louis Watts Jr., Joseph L. Watts and Frances Shareck.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Watts; son, Thomas Watts of Henrico; sister, Anna Johnson of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews, including relatives in the Northern Neck.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and served the Virginia State Police for 34 years, retiring as a lieutenant of the training academy in 1988.
He was a member of St. Stephen’s Baptist Church, Tye River, and attended Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Henrico.
The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 25, at Good Shepherd UMC, 9155 Hungary Road, Henrico, followed by a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Stephen’s Baptist Church, 2903 Tye River Road, Amherst, VA 24521 or Good Shepherd UMC, 9155 Hungary Road, Henrico, VA 23294. The program will be live streamed at: https://boxcast.tv/view/celebration-of-life-james-watts-fu9hxkwglswwgietc5lz.