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Hugh Watts

CHERRYVILLE - Hugh McRee Watts, 86, of Queens Road in Cherryville, died Aug. 28, 2013, at Trinity Village in Hickory.

He was born Sept. 10, 1926, in Alexander County, son of the late Thomas Wilson and Verna Estelle Clanton Watts.

Mr. Watts was a member of First Baptist Church in Cherryville and a benefactor of "Creed Coffee House" at the church in memory of his son, Tommy. He was a World War II Navy veteran, member of the Cherryville American Legion Post 100, and a Mason. Hugh was in trucking manage-ment 39 years, starting with Brown Transport, Associated Transport, and then joining Carolina Freight Carriers in 1974 where he worked until his re-tirement. He quickly moved up the ranks becoming Executive Vice President of
Maintenance for Carolina's nationwide fleet. Hugh was recognized for many awards, including the Distinguished Service Award, Silver Sparkplug Award, Fleetowners Golden 100 Award, and Fleet Maintenance Executive of the year in 1998. Hugh also chaired and served on many councils in the trucking industry in his long career.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Huffman Watts; a son, Thomas McRee Watts; brothers, Clifford Watts, Flake Watts, and Lynn Watts; and sisters, Flora Rogers and Polly Divens.

He is survived by sister-in-law, Betty Watts of Statesville; five nieces, Vickie McGuirk (Gary) of Greensboro, Ginny Jeffries (Richard) of Lenoir, Julie Wright (Chris) of Winston-Salem, Ann Watts Abbott (John) of Mt. Airy, MD, and Teresa Watts of Raleigh; two nephews, William Rogers and Terry Watts (Priscilla) of Hickory.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church Cherryville with the Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating.

Burial will be in City Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.

Published in Gaston Gazette on Aug. 30, 2013
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