Ima Jean (Adair) Watts


It is with God’s grace and comfort that we write the obituary of our Sainted Mother, Mamaw, Daughter and Sister who shed her weather-beaten body with a song and a prayer on July 31, 2017 weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5 at the Estelle Hospice House in Ocala Florida surrounded by her family. Born on May 26, 1939 to the late Elder Tommy Adair Sr. and Sister Margaret Baisden Adair. Mamaw was blessed to be baptized by her Daddy in March 1961, and was a member of the Sardis Old Baptist Church in Delbarton West Virginia then moved her letter to Southern Home Old Regular Baptist Church in Citra Florida making her a servant of the Lord for over 56 years.

She is preceded in death by the love of her life, Deacon JT Watts Sr. and was married on December 24, 1956 giving them 59 wonderful years with her soulmate. And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God Ruth 1:16. To this union they were blessed to have six children JT (Betty) Watts Jr., Chris (Kim) Watts Sr., Tommy (Caurina) Watts, Noreen Watts, Joe (Katherine) Watts and Lora (Matt) Wilkerson. Eleven beloved and cherished grandchildren Nakia (Brian) Crossley, Jake (Tiffany) Watts 3rd, Columbus (Erica) Watts Jr., Hope (Josh) Winters, Seth (Rachel) Watts, Michael K Dansereau. Alysha (Robert) Serrano, Joshua Watts, Samuel (Megan) Watts, Spring (John) Bradley and Taylor Strickland. Eleven great grandchildren, six sisters, two brothers, brother-in-law’s, sister-in-law ‘s, many nieces, nephews, church family and friends. One of the greatest gifts she was ever given was when my Papaw woke up from a nap and said, “Honey call your daddy we’re moving to Florida”. They came to Florida from West Virginia in 1987 and was overjoyed to be close to her family, of course her favorite place, the place of her greatest peace the Southern Home Old Regular Baptist Church.

Even when her mind was failing she loved to be at church. You could always tell by the sweet smile that appeared on her face when she came through the door. She knew she was in the Lord’s house and she surely loved the Lord!

She was a gentle loving lady and raised her children and grandchildren with a loving fierceness of the Lord. She was the hand you felt touching your head at night to make sure that you were ok when you were sick and the voice in the dark asking if you were home when we walked through the door late at night.

There was always a pot of coffee, biscuits and gravy ready before church and Friends on the weekends. Mamaw loved to cook for her family and church. She was so proud of how many of her children chose a Christian life. We were taught to love and trust in Jesus, repent and ask him to forgive us. We will always have those stones she left for us to follow. She was a mother to us all and led a beautiful Christian life and her legacy will be a legacy of love. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:21

Written by her granddaughter,

Sister Nakia Crossley