David E. Watts

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 April 2020 at 6:15 pm

David WattsAmerican flagDavid E. Watts, 86, of Gasport, entered peacefully into eternal rest on April 27, 2020 at his home, following a courageous battle with cancer. Dave was born on May 17, 1933 in Lumberton, N.C. to Charles Watts and Laura (Thompson) Watts. He was the fourth of nine children.

In 1953, Dave served in the U.S. Army, during which time he would meet his future wife, Gerda “Sunny” (Martin) Watts. On May 3, 1954, Dave and Sunny married in Belton, Texas. In 1956, Dave and Sunny moved back to Dave’s hometown of St. Pauls, N.C. and soon welcomed their first child, David E. Watts Jr., in Lumberton. Shortly after, Sunny talked Dave into moving back north, closer to her hometown.

In 1958, they moved to Medina and soon welcomed their second child, Carolyn Louise Watts. In 1958, Dave started his career at Harrison Radiator, from which he retired after more than 30 years. Dave spent most of his free time with his wife, son, daughter, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, along with his large extended family. He was a proud member of the Sacred Heart Club, the American Legion, and the Moose Club. He also enjoyed his annual family vacations to Myrtle Beach, fishing trips, and visiting his brothers and sisters down south.

Dave was predeceased by his beloved wife, Gerda “Sunny” (Martin) Watts, in 2010; his daughter, Carolyn Louise Watts, earlier this year; and his siblings, Alan Watts, Irene (Watts) Harris, Charles “Junior” Watts, Isabel (Watts) McCartney, James Watts and Donald Watts.

Dave is survived by his son, David (Joni) Watts Jr.; grandchildren, Jesse, Travis and Kaila Watts; sister, Barbara (Vance) Trogden of Hope Mills, N.C.; and brother, Clarence (Joan) Watts of Elizabethtown, N.C.

Services will be privately held by the family. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded at graveside.

Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Please share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.