James A. Watts
12/19/1936 - 10/6/2021

James Austell Watts, age 84, of Greenville, Texas went home to be with his Lord on October 6, 2021 after a brief illness.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Church with Pastor Wayne Darty officiating.  He was laid to rest at Brashear Cemetery on Saturday, October 9 at a private family burial. Coker-Mathews Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James was born on December 19, 1936 in the County Line Community to Carletta and Robert (Buck)

Watts. He was the youngest of their six children.  He married Chrysteen Mabe on July 14, 1960 and they had three daughters. 


James graduated from Miller Grove High School in 1954. After graduation he began working for his brother Edward Watts in his sawmill business. Then in 1957, he started working at Temco Aircraft where he trained to become an aircraft electrician. He worked in the defense industry most of his career and worked on many aircraft contracts including the presidential fleet. James loved airplanes and was very excited the first time he was able to take his family on a flight to Amarillo flying out of Dallas Love Field in 1968. Working in the defense industry took James many places and in 1971 he had the opportunity to work in Thailand on a program for LTV. This was his first experience traveling outside of the United States. He later spent time working in Florida and Germany. He worked for Boeing for many years, and then eventually retired in 2006 from L-3 Communications in Greenville.


Once retired, James and Chrysteen enjoyed traveling and spending time with family. He loved nothing more than being with his family - they were his greatest joy! He loved cookouts, watching football and baseball games and traveling together with family.  He always enjoyed watching his grandchildren play any sport and went to every game possible from the oldest grandchild to the youngest. He was very proud of his daughters, son-in-laws and grandchildren for all their accomplishments. 


James was known as a quiet, patient man with the kindest heart. He was loved by all who knew him. He truly lived by the Golden Rule and tried to teach this philosophy to all of his family.


James is survived by his wife, Chrysteen Watts of Greenville; daughters, Virginia Rutherford and husband, Joe of Greenville, Dianne Weaks and husband, Dr. Mike Weaks of Lone Oak, Leslie Castillo and husband, Bobby of Greenville; grandchildren, Dr. Zachary Weaks and wife, Sarah, Will Rutherford and wife, Lyndsey, Elizabeth Rutherford, Nathan Weaks, Brayden Castillo, Talen Castillo, Jylien Castillo; great-grandchildren, John Weaks and Evan Weaks.


He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Curtis Watts, Edward Watts, Elwood Watts, Lewis Watts; and sister, Ivetta Hines.

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