Watts was born and reared here. He attended Piedmont High School.
“We didn’t grow up in a rich family,” said Watts. “We were a poor family but we were very close. My parents were very good parents.”
His parents are Peggy Pierce Watts and the late Ellis Jackson Watts.
Watts and his wife, the former Jackie Barnette, will celebrate their 35th anniversary Dec. 21. Their son and daughter-in-law, Jeromy and Ashley Watts, live in Douglas, near Albertville. They have four grandchildren.
Watts believes he’s a fortunate man -- a man whom God has looked down on through the years, especially in more recent years.
In 2012 his job ended when Garcy closed. Thanks to a fellow plant manager, Sam Tunstall, who purchased the plant, Garcy now has over 30 employees. Watts is thankful that he is one of them.
He is a welder and has worked at Garcy for the past 15 years.
“I really love working there,” said Watts. “It’s actually a blessing to have the job, because Garcy actually shut down. Mr. Tunstall bought it back. He’s a great man to work for.”
Over 24 years ago, Watts and his sister, Wanda Turner, began singing as a duet.
It wasn’t long until Jackie joined them making them a gospel trio.
Watts remembers the first time they performed as a trio. It was at Fagan Park.
“We hadn’t picked a name for our gospel trio yet,” he said. “The man that was over the singing asked me what our name was so that he could introduce us. Just out of the top of my head, I came up with Heaven Seekers. We’ve been the Heaven Seekers now for 24 years. I guess it was meant for me to say that.”
They sing somewhere every weekend at benefits, churches, homecomings, concerts and other events.
“If we don’t sing on the weekend, we don’t know what to do,” he said., “It just doesn’t seem right if we’re not singing. It’s part of our lives.”
Watts’s sister, Wanda, had sung with gospel groups in the past. Watts asked her to borrow a sound track.
“I brought the track home and just started singing,” he said. “Actually, I didn’t know if I could sing or not. I took music in school and was in the band. I knew music, but not singing. I guess that’s what the Lord wanted me to do.”
Watts enjoys, with Jackie’s help, making candleholders out of plates and crystal glass. They began doing that a few months ago.
“Our friend’s mother had passed away,” said Watts. “She wanted us to have something of her mother’s, so she gave us a pair of candleholders her mother had made. I told my wife that we could do that. That got us started.”
If anyone would like to book the Heaven Seekers or purchase their candleholders, they can contact Watts at 447-2200.
Contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org.