Ben Watts

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Ben Watts, 64, passed away May 17, 2013, after a long illness, with his loving wife and two of his brothers at his bed-side.

He was born May 19, 1948, the son of Henry J. and Eloise Law Watts of Belmont.

Ben grew up in East Belmont and attended Belmont schools. He married Marlene Holik in 1974.

He was a medical corpsman and respiratory therapist in the U.S. Army in the early 1970s and served in Hawaii. Prior to that, he was employed at Ashworth Brothers in Charlotte.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three brothers, their wives and families, Udell Watts (Dorothy) of Odessa, Texas, Bud Watts (Fran) of Huntersville and Sam Watts (Bobbi) of Belmont, along with many loving nieces and nephews.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents, by a brother, Bill Watts and sister, Mildred Watts Wilson, both of Ikmulgee, Okla., by a brother, John Watts of Charlotte and a sister, Hazel Reeves of Belmont.

He has now seen his savior Jesus Christ face to face.

No services will be held. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of cremation rites.

Memorials may be made to the Radio Bible Class, Grand Rapids, Mich., or to the .

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Published in Gaston Gazette on May 24, 2013