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Mary Watts

March 28, 1916 — January 14, 2013

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Mary "Sook" Skinner Watts

Keysville, GA  – Mary Elizabeth “Sook” Skinner Watts, 96, loving wife of the late James Watts and faithful companion and neighbor of Thomas Hillis, entered into rest Monday night, January 14, 2013 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, January 17, 2013 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charlie Pennington and Dr. James M. Ford officiating.  Interment will follow in the Keysville United Methodist Church Cemetery.
One of eleven children born to the late Laney Stewart Skinner and the late Oscar T. Skinner, Sook grew up in Emanuel County and retired as a seamstress from Stapleton Garment Co. Sook believed in working hard and not wasting anything. Her greatest joy came from working in her vegetable and flower gardens, and cooking for her family and friends. The matriarch of her clan, “Granny Sook” was a devoted mother to all—she was loved by many and will be greatly missed.  Sook was also preceded in death by her two sons, Bobby Watts and Buddy Watts; and all of her siblings. Survivors include her six children, Billy Watts (Amanda), Dorothy R. Williams, Marjory Tudor, Wilma Smith (Chuck), Mary Ruth Prescott, and Steve Watts; 31 grandchildren; 60 great grandchildren; numerous great-great grandchildren; several great-great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.  Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons--Wayne Arrington, Alan Norman, Ed Norman, Ken Tompkins, Charlie Watts and Greg Watts.
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Legacy of Love

A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.

You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.

A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.

You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife, not just as a mother.

For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.

So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep.

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