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William Elwood "Cotton" Watts

December 21, 1929 ~ December 30, 2020 (age 91)


William Elwood “Cotton” Watts peacefully entered his heavenly home on December 30, 2020, at the age of 91.  Cotton was born on December 21, 1929 to Robert Edward “Buck” and Carletta Watts.  He was raised in the County Line community and graduated from Miller Grove High School.

Cotton served in the United States Air Force, and was eventually stationed in Presque Isle, Maine.  While there, he met the love of his life, Jacqueline “Jackie” Anne Watson and they married on December 21, 1952.  The newlywed couple moved to Dallas, where he worked for American Airlines for 32 years.  In 1996, he and Jackie moved back “to the country”, settling on the site of his parents’ family homestead.  Cotton loved to travel, hunt, fish and tinker with various automobiles, particularly his VW Rabbits.  In 2002, Cotton and Jackie bought a motor home and spent many enjoyable trips, especially to New Mexico and Arkansas.  Cotton’s other travels included salmon-fishing trips to Alaska, quail hunts in Mexico and Colorado deer and elk hunting.  Wild game and fish were staples at the Watts dinner table.

Cotton was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Curtis Milton Watts and Edward Elton Watts; and sister Ruth Ivetta Hines.

Cotton is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jackie; daughters Beverly Phillips (Mark), Cindy Bucher (Scott); son, Mark Watts (Lori); grandchildren Denise Rhodey (Mark), Amber Shinn (Randy), Alicia Smith (J.R.), Whitney Watts and Peyton Watts; great-grandchildren, Ryan Woods, Tyler Woods, Austin Woods, Dylan Shinn, Makayla Smith and Kessler Smith; four great great grandchildren; brothers Lewis Dean Watts (Shirley) and James Austell Watts (Chrysteen); numerous nieces; and special great-nephew Logan Holden, Cotton’s VW Buddy.

A private family service will held Saturday at 1:00 pm. If you wish to view the service via facebook, please follow this link:

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The family would like to thank Abacus Home Health and Heritage Home Health and Hospice for their kind and compassionate care in Cotton's final days.


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January 2, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home
803 N. Texas St
Emory, TX 75440

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