George Watts

George Douglas Watts

Sunday, August 23rd, 1942 - Thursday, November 5th, 2020
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George Douglas Watts,78, of Salem, entered his heavenly hunting grounds on Thursday, November 5, 2020.

It is difficult to find words that would truly define George. A kind and compassionate hearted man, he lived his life to the fullest each day. A dedicated civil servant, he retired from the Virginia State Police Department after twenty-seven years, then went on to continue to serve his community as a Deputy with the Botetourt County Sheriff Department from which he retired after ten years of service. Law Enforcement was indeed a large part of his life, however, if he were not in uniform chances are you would find him hunting, or stripper fishing. You never knew what he was going to do, he would often leave you in suspense wondering what he would pull off next. Up until a month prior to falling ill, at the age of 78, you would still find him keeping up with or outdoing the young guys of his hunting party. One thing that some did not know about George was that he had a sincere love for children, especially his grandkids. He has left behind a legacy for his family to carry on, one of strong morals, determination, faith, and compassion for all people. An inspiration to many, he will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Nora Watts; departed spouse, Geraldine Watts; as well as a sister, Rebecca Smiley.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 22 years, Suzanne Watts; son, Paul Watts (Jessica); daughters, Julie Saunders (Brian), and Linda Thompson (Johnny); step-children, Jodi Bower, and John Bower; brother, Jack Watts; fourteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; as well as numerous other family members and dear friends.

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 9, 2020, from 6 – 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of John M. Oakey Son Funeral Home, Salem, VA. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 11:00, at Sherwood Memorial Park, with law enforcement honors being rendered by the Virginia State Police. Pastor Mike Honaker will be officiating.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 9th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, November 9th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    Address Not Available
  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    Address Not Available
    Mike Honaker
  • Interment

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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Verlyne Simmons Key

Posted at 05:27pm
Dearest Suzanne and family I am so sorry for your loss! Remember, death can take all things save one, LOVE remains, for love alone is real! May love surround you, comfort you and touch your heart with hope. George meant so much to everyone who knew him and he will be missed by all of us. With love. prayers and my deepest sympathy,
Verlyne Simmons Key (Class of 1960 Jefferson High School)

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Posted at 12:33pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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David F. Dean

Posted at 11:40am
George and I attended the 48th session of the state police academy in 1968. Meeting him for the first time and spending the length of the training together, he and I became friends which lasted throughout our careers. I remember George being either first or second in our class. The many times I saw George at Salem Headquarters, he was enjoyable to be around due to his demeanor, always a smile on his face and willing to be of assistance. I send my sincere condolence to his family.
First Sergeant David F. Dean, Retired.

Nancy Terry

Posted at 08:53pm
George was one of kind. He has been a part of my life since early teens when I first became friends with Julie and as we grew older became to be a great friend to my husband. He will truly be missed. Rest in peace George. Always be in our hearts! Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time!

Jeff, Nancy & Meagan Terry

Posted at 08:08pm
Thoughts of peace and courage for you. Sending our prayers!
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