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Dr. Woodrow Watts
(March 23, 1912 - July 17, 2014)

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Dr. Woodrow Watts

Services for Dr. Woodrow Watts, age 102, will be held at 3 PM on Sunday July 20, 2014, at Bailey and Foster Funeral Home, Palestine, Texas with Chaplin Kenn Somerville, presiding. Interment will follow in Roselawn Park under the direction of Bailey and Foster Funeral Home. Dr. Watts passed away July 17,2014, at Cartmell Home in Palestine, Texas. He was born March 23, 1912, in the Denson Springs Community, Anderson County, Texas to Wiley Young Watts and Mary Jane (Mollie) Hassell Watts. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 66 years, Ruth Elrod Watts, sister Morell Watts Regan, brothers Collie Young Watts, B. C. Watts, E. J. Watts and Harmon Watts. He is survived by daughters Joyce Maguire and Betty Grace (husband Dr. Stephen Grace); granddaughters Jodie Bell (husband Nik Allain), Michelle Simon (husband Andrew Simon), and Melissa Maguire; grandsons Michael Bell (wife Isabelle Bell), Tyler Grace, Jason Grace (wife Becky Grace), and Trevor Grace. Great grandchildren Sarah Bell, Daphne Grace, and Spencer Simon. Dr. Watts is a graduate of Grapeland High School. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Sam Houston State University, a Master’s Degree from Texas A&M University and a Doctor of Education Degree from The University of Houston. He spent 38 years in public school education; 35 years were with the Houston Independent School District. He started as a teacher at John Reagan High School. His educational career was interrupted for 3 ½ years by his service in World War II. He earned his commission in the Signal Corp as a 2nd LT. He was later transferred to the Army Air Corp as a 1st LT. At the end of the war, he returned to teaching and served as Assistant Principal and Principal of Burbank Junior High School, Principal of Lamar Senior High School, and the first Principal of Robert E. Lee Senior High School. In 1966 he was assigned to the Central Office as Deputy Superintendent and placed in charge of all Secondary Schools. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Palestine, Texas where he operated their cattle ranch in the Brushy Creek Community. He and his wife travelled extensively. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and Victor Sunday School Class. He was a life member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association. Pallbearers will be Michael Bell, Jodie Bell, Jason Grace, Trevor Grace, Ryan Berry and Stephen Grace. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Victor Sunday School Class. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to service at Bailey and Foster Funeral Home on Sunday July 20. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 422 South Magnolia Street, Palestine, Texas 75801 or Cartmell Home for Aged, 2212 West Reagan Street, Palestine, TX 75801 or Heart to Heart Hospice, 1402 Rice Road, Suite 100, Tyler, Texas 75703.

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