Earl Watts


(July 14, 2006)

Earl Watts, former area resident, died Friday, July 14 at North Platte, Nebr. He died three days short of his 76th birthday.

He was born July 17, 1930, in Lovell, to Emma and Charles Watts.

He grew up in Lovell until the 10th grade when he moved to Byron, where he graduated from high school in 1949. After graduation Earl moved to Texas where he married Betty Sue (Williams) Watts at Crane, Texas, on Sept. 17, 1950. They moved to Odessa, Texas, where they lived for 17 years while Earl worked in the oil field. In December of 1971, Earl and Betty moved to Elk City, Oka., following work in the oil field.

In 1984, he obtained his CDL and went to work for J.B. Hunt until his retirement in 1993. After his retirement Earl and Betty continued to make Elk City their home. Earl enjoyed gardening, walking and most of all spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Earl V. Watts, Jr.; his parents and one grandson, William McClane.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, of the family home; two daughters, Belinda Cramp and husband, Darrell of Franklin, Tenn., and Vicky Dolese and husband Gary of Livingston, Texas; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard Watts, Ralph Watts and Carl Watts; and two sisters, Veda Ilg and Edith Chaney.

Services and burial were held Monday, July 17 at Whinery-Savage Chapel in Elk City, Okla.