Terry Franklin "Toby" Watts
Hephzibah, GA – Terry Franklin "Toby" Watts, 56, loving son of the late Agnes Hayes Watts and of Billy Watts, entered into rest Saturday evening, January 26, 2013 at his residence. Services will be held at 3:00PM on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Albert Halford officiating. Interment will follow in the Keysville UMC Cemetery.
Terry was born and raised in Keysville with the exception of a 5 year stint in Florida where two of his children were born. He worked in construction laying ceramic tile for over 30 years. He was a great father and provider for his family. Terry enjoyed hunting, fishing and “riding dirt roads” but was the happiest being with his grandkids and hanging out with friends. He was a loving son, devoted father, doting grandfather and faithful friend who will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
Terry was also preceded in death by his great granddaughter, Amiaya Jackson, and his grandmother, Mary Skinner Watts. Other survivors include his children, Terri Watts (Terry Murrah), Toby Watts (Shannon), Tina Watts, and Walter Watts (Jessica Jernigan); six brothers, Jerry Watts (Dale), Greg Watts (Lisa), Tony Watts, Don Watts (Norma Jean), Steve Watts, and Randall Hillis; three sisters, Brenda Watts, Lisa Watts, and Billie Joe Hillis; fourteen grandchildren, Toby Bass, Michael Bass, McKenzie Bass, Preston Watts, Misty Atkinson, Brittany Atkinson, Calie Atkinson, Don Smith, Amber Smith, Calvin Watts, Hayden Watts, Blake Watts, Jacob Weeks and Breanna Singletary; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.
Because of the financial burden of a prolonged illness, the family requests memorial contributions be made directly to James Funeral Home, P.O. Box 588, Wrens GA 30833.
The angels gathered near your bed
So very close to you
For they knew the pain and suffering
That you were going through.
I thought about so many things
As I held tightly to your hand.
Oh, how I wished that you were strong
And healthy once again.
But your eyes were looking homeward
To that place beyond the sky
Where Jesus held His outstretched arms.
It was time to say “Good-bye”.
I struggled with my selfish thoughts
For I wanted you to stay
So we could walk and talk again
Like we did just yesterday.
But Jesus knew the answer
And I know He loved you so.
So I gave to you the greatest gift—
The gift of letting go.
Now my heart will carry memories
Of the love you gave to me
Until we meet again in Heaven
Where the best is yet to be.