Rev. James Willard Watt, Sr.

  • Born: March 30, 1921
  • Died: December 31, 2010
  • Location: Greenville, Kentucky

Tucker Funeral Home

113 North Third Street
Central City, KY 42330
Tel. 270.754.1551

Tribute & Message From The Family

GREENVILLE - Rev. James Willard Watt, Sr., of Greenville, KY passed away joyfully in his home at 8:50AM on Friday, December 31, 2010. He was born in Cromwell, KY on March 30, 1921, to the late Lee and Dona Watt. Under a "hardship case" at age 16 he was part of C.C. Camp that built Hoover Dam. He surrendered to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in 1952 and was licensed and ordained by Crabtree Avenue Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY. He served as a minister of the gospiel for 58 years, starting with his first pastorate, Pack Baptist Church in Rumsey, KY. He continued to pastor churches in Daviess, McLean, Union, Pike, and Christian Counties in Kentucky, and also Pine Lakes in Florida. He served as Associational Missionary in Lynn, Graves, and Pike Baptist Associations, and retired as Associational Missionary in Muhlenberg Association in 1986. While serving Pike County, he started several missions, 75% of which became self-supporting churches. After retirement, Bro. Watt was a "church planter" for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. During this time, he pastored two churches and baptized eighty, He then served as a missionary in Idaho and in Southern California. At age 85, he continued to serve as an interim pastor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Daisy Anderson Watt; two children, a daughter, Thelma Watt (Charles) Shouse of Thousand Palms, CA, and a son, Rev. James Willard (Pat) Watt, Jr. of Greenville, KY; one sister, Violet Watt King, of Daytona Beach, FL; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; many close and beloved friends.

Funeral services will be held at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City, KY. Visitation will be open to the public at 4:00PM on Sunday, January 2, 2011. The funeral will be at 1:00PM on Monday, January 3, 2011. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Livermore, KY. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Gideon's International. Online condolences may be made at