Ed Watts

  • "I have never met you before, but I went to school with Ed...."
    - Philip Messana
  • "Rian We haven’t spoken in quite some time and when I heard..."
    - January Hill
  • "Ed...you were my light, my love, my strength, and my hero...."
    - Rian Watts
  • "Rian,Kobe,Sue, I would like to tell you how special you all..."
    - Sonya & Pete Hukill
  • "Dear Rian, Kobe and Sue, With tears in eyes I extend my..."
    - Shirley Mattacchione

Ed Watts, 31, died Sunday January 11, 2009 as the result of a motorcycle accident. Ed moved to Bradenton in 1992 after growing up in Ocala, Florida. Ed joined the U.S. Army after high school graduation and left to attend the University of Florida where he was an avid sports fan. Upon leaving the Army, Ed continued his Military career in the Florida National Guard where he became 1st Lieutenant serving in the war on terror in, Afganistan. Ed returned to Bradenton and married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Rian. He was employed by Willis A. Smith Construction Company in Sarasota. Surviving, wife Rian Coolidge Watts; son, Kobe Phillips-Watts, Bradenton; parents, Jodie and Jerry Parnell, Steinhatchee, Florida, Barbara and Bill Watts of Tallasee, Alabama; brothers, Will Watts, Lake City Florida, Jake Parnell, Thomasville, Georgia; sister, Jennifer Parnell, Saint Petersburg, Florida.; paternal grandmother Nan F. Edwards, Cordova, Tennesee; brothers-in-law, Adam Coolidge, Aurora, Illinois, Chad Coolidge, Permillion, Ohio. Memorial service, January 15, 2009, 4p.m. at Coquina Beach. Burial at a later date, Sarasota National Cemetery. Memorials, Kobe Phillips College Fund, Suncoast School Federal Credit Union. Arrangements by Kicliter Funeral Home.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Jan. 14, 2009
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