Gerald “Jerry” Watts

Gerald “Jerry” Watts was born July 24, 1952, to the union of Dr. Calvin A. Watts and Thelma G. Watts of East Palatka.

He grew up there and was educated in the Palatka School District. In his youth he moved around, and in 1980, he settled in Seattle.

Jerry was a member of Mt Zion Baptist Church in Seattle and was a member of the Men’s Choir. He had a passion for singing, especially gospel music. He had an entrepreneurial spirit, working on cars and doing remodeling for businesses and residential.

He met Cynthia, his wife of 22 years, in Seattle, embracing, loving, and raising her three children, Mitch, John and Tina, as his own. He was a proud family man, and family was not always about blood. It was about relationships developed. Family was always important.

All who had contact with Jerry, briefly or long term, will remember and cherish his loving, caring heart. He was a role model for young and old, helping, encouraging and just being a shoulder to lean on.

Preceding him in death are his parents; brother, Kenneth Watts; sisters, Vickie Lynn Watts and Brenda Watts; and grandparent, the Rev. S.C. Dawson and Bertie Dawson.

Jerry leaves to honor his memories his wife, Cynthia; children, John, Tina and Mitch; brothers, Calvin C. Watts (Barbara) and Carl Watts; sister Ladybeth Watts-Turner (Frank), all of Seattle/Renton, Wash.; brother, Herbie Watts of Palatka; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside memorial will be Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at Pattersonville Cemetery in East Palatka.

E.W. Lawson & Son Funeral entrusted with the services.

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