Sylvanus Dorris Watts, 82
JOELTON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Anderson-Garrett for Staff Sgt. (ret.) Watts, 82, of Mt. Juliet.
Retired from the US Army after 20 years, and later retired from both the Rodeway Inn and the Davidson County Sheriff's Department, he died Feb. 12, 2011.
A member of Beckwith Missionary Baptist Church, he spent his later years gardening, fishing and hand-carving and giving away walking canes and staffs made with local saplings.
Services were conducted by Rev. Danny Tomlinson. Burial followed at Martin's Chapel.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Linville Watts and is survived by children Sylvia (Gregory) Blann, Taryon (Timothy) Carney, Burton (Barbara) Watts, Lisa (Michael) Russell and Cheryl (Robert) Smith.
Also surviving: siblings Hugo (Sue) Watts and Cecil (Daisy) Watts, Betty Hooper and Mildred Overby; grandchildren Magan, Claire, Tyler, Clayton, Chelsea, Cayman, Garan and Lacy; three great-grandchildren; wife Barbara Rediker Powell Watts and her children Brenda Powell Butler, Judy Powell, Randy (Sheila) Powell and Sandra (Michael) Claiborne; grandchildren Dennis, Matthew, Stephen and Sarah; and four great-grandchildren.
He was the youngest son of George and Maggie Watts' 15 children.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.