Jarrett Shelton Watts

Born in Lexington, Kentucky on February 18, 1950

Departed on August 30, 2019 and resided in Ashland City, Tennessee

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Jarrett S. Watts
ASHLAND CITY, TN

Jarrett Watts, age 69, passed away on Friday, August 30, 2019. Born in Lexington, KY, Jarrett leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Cecilia Gail Watts, 2 children, Ashley Lain Caldwell and Jarrett Nathan Watts. Jarrett has 5 grandchildren, Kaitlyn Caldwell, Ashton Watts, Amberley Caldwell, Joshua Caldwell and Ryman Watts. Jarrett also leaves behind a brother Howard Watts, Jr., nephew Keith Watts, great nephew Matthew Watts.

Preceded in death by his mother Alice Reed Watts Stricklin and father Howard Staton Watts, a.k.a., Cedric Rainwater who was an entertainer and one of the founders of bluegrass music.

Jarrett proudly and honorably served his country in the US Army with the Army Security Agency. He entered the Army in September 1968 and completed his service in April of 1972 at the rank of Sergeant. He served three tours in Vietnam April 1969 to March of 1970. In August 1970 to September of 1971 and October 1971 to March of 1972 he was with the 328th Radio Research Company in Chu Lai and later Da Nang Vietnam. He was a Communications Center Specialist and had a Top Secret Security Clearance. During his time in service he was awarded a Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals. He also had 5 overseas service bars and a Good Conduct Medal and Purple Heart Metal. Jarrett was always proud of his service to his country.

Jarrett was an automation engineer in sales and owned his own company "Watts & Company" covering the entire state of Tennessee. Jarrett attended Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church in Ashland City, TN. His love of history and enthusiastic travel led him to visit every state in the country. Jarrett was a golfer, scuba diver, motorcyclist and overall adventurist.

17 Comments to Jarrett Shelton Watts

  1. glaise chaisson
    September 3, 2019 12:43 pm

    I have served with jarrett in 1969.i have nothing but fond memeries of him.we developed a kinship that will always be.rest in earned peace my brother.till you send for me to join you again.my brother. most sencere condolences.

  2. Bobby Carroll
    September 3, 2019 2:39 pm

    I was lucky to be a close friend. We rode over 70K miles together across 23 states. Plan us a ride for when I join you.

  3. Bill Eggers
    September 3, 2019 9:11 pm

    Thank you for the laughter. Thank you for your strength. Thank you for your Friendship. I will miss you.
    Love you, Brother.

  4. Susan Biggs
    September 4, 2019 8:21 am

    I have the fondest memories of Jarrett . I was always glad to see his smiling face come through the door of GE Supply and to this day I still tell Jarrett Watts stories . He will be missed . Love Susan Biggs

  5. Wayne DeLong
    September 4, 2019 10:12 am

    I worked with Jarrett for years at AA Electric. I think he was the most upbeat man I’ve ever known. He always had a grin and a story. What a joy he was to be around. He was certainly one of a kind.

    And how he loved his wife and kids. He spoke so proudly of you.

    May god bless you all

  6. Ledia Galbraith
    September 4, 2019 12:42 pm

    Gail – so very sorry for your loss. May God comfort your family thru the days ahead.

    Ledia Galbraith

  7. Sharon Medley
    September 4, 2019 12:47 pm

    I worked with Jarrett, he would call on us at GE Supply. He always had a smile and a great story to tell every time he would come through the door. He always talked about his family, he loved them so much and was very pride of them as well. What a wonder life he had on this earth. Now he has been called home, go with God and rest in peace. We will always have the memories, and thank you for your service.

  8. Ed Baker
    September 4, 2019 8:16 pm

    Jarrett was a close friend for 40 years. We enjoyed camping , hiking, and scuba diving. He was so much fun to be with. God has a special place for him in heaven.

  9. Brenda Baird Lamberth
    September 4, 2019 10:16 pm

    What a special person Jarrett was. He had such a positive attitude and a great sense of humor. I remember spending time with them in Florida many years ago & what a great time we had. I also remember him asking me if I wanted to see a picture of his pride & joy and then he would show me a picture he kept in his wallet of an actual bottle of “Pride’ furniture polish and a bottle of ‘Joy” dishwashing detergent. He thought that was the funniest thing and so did I. Many “Thanks” to him for his service to our country. He served it well, I know the days ahead will be tough, but know that you all are in my thoughts & prayers during this most difficult time.

  10. Tom & Sue Heiser
    September 4, 2019 11:09 pm

    Rest in Peace Jarrett. We served at the same time with the 328th, though we did not know each other then we were brothers-in-arms. We enjoyed seeing you and Gail at the reunions and staying in contact via the internet. We always looked forward to our times together. Your humor and laugh were so welcome. God speed my friend.

  11. Bruce Miner
    September 5, 2019 10:43 am

    Jarrett you lived a wonder full life. A great family man, successful business owner, annd a friendly to all people you meet you. I was glad to have our phone conversations. You always were so upbeat despite your medical issues. I respected you as a man of faith. I shall miss you and your lovely wife Gail. I hadn’t realized you served three tours in Vietnam, nor your outstanding military achievements. You are a hero in so many ways. Bruce Miner

  12. Jim Parks
    September 5, 2019 10:54 am

    Jarrett, along with Tom, we were blessed to be fellow soldiers. I thank you for your service. May God continue to watch over you and yours.

  13. Gilbert G. Arias
    September 5, 2019 1:22 pm

    Jarrett, what dedicated service to your country–over half of your Army hitch spent in Vietnam and a Purple Heart! And a fruitful life afterwards. Glad that Texas was exposed to your great sense of humor. Gilbert Arias

  14. Jeff Peterson
    September 5, 2019 3:36 pm

    RIP Jarrett.

    Jeff Peterson
    328th Vietnam

  15. Cpt Olen Ridling USA(Ret).
    September 5, 2019 4:10 pm

    R.I.P. Brother. An honorable man who gave honorable service to this great nation.

  16. BJ Crawford
    September 8, 2019 10:05 pm

    Jarrett, we served together in DaNang in 1972. Great guy! RIP Soldier.
    328th Vietnam

  17. George S. Natt
    September 11, 2019 11:05 am

    Jarrett –
    ” We where what others did not want to be,
    and we went where others did not want to go”
    “I am proud to be a Vietnam Veteran who served our country with you.”
    Rest in peace brother!

    George Natt (Sgt)
    CRITICOM NCO – 328th RRC
    Chu Lai & LZ Bronco
    April 68-May 71

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