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


Condolence & Memory Journal

I will never forget Rev Jim and Daisy Watts. They came to our little eastern Kentucky church to help with bible school in 1968. He led me to Christ that summer at the age of 8 and also my sister Brigitte at the age of 6. I remember Daisy as a sweet, pretty lady that always looked like sunshine. She was beautiful and Rev Jim had kind eyes and explained Jesus to me in a way that no one had before. I still remember that day like it was yesterday, the day I was saved. Thank you Rev Jim for your service to the Lord.

Posted by Rita Slone Miracle - Phelps, KY   January 29, 2013


A great pastor called home.

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.

Posted by Steve Lynn    January 03, 2011


Daisy, Thelma and Jim Jr.,

I have wonderful memories of you and Uncle Jim visiting us at the farm near Cromwell and then our trips to your place in Livermore and I think, Morganfield?. There was the all day trip to the Mammoth Cave, and of course, the tractor incident on the farm.

His sermons and stories and jokes (yours too Jim Jr.) were always enjoyable to hear.

I'm so glad to have spent a little time with you and Uncle Jim this past May.

May your fond memories ease the sorrow.

Alan and Fe

Posted by Alan Watt - Nephew   January 03, 2011

Mrs. Daisy, We are so sorry for your loss but it is definitely heaven's gain. He was a dedicated servant of God. We still cherish the memories of spending the weekend with you when I preached at Fed's Creek. We have been busy this weekend and could not get to the funeral home to visit with you and the family. You and the family are in our prayers. May God comfort you during your loss.
Alton (Doc) & Marquita Crowe

Posted by Alton & Marquita Crowe - Beaver Dam, KY - friends   January 03, 2011

Mrs. Daisy & family,

Been praying for you. I have always had so much respect for Bro. Watt. He certainly contributed to my growth as a Christian, while he was at Livermore. He was something! I remember so many stories. One he told he was asked what he thought about women wearing make-up. He replied, "I think every old barn looks better with a coat of paint". Then there was the sermon title he 'borrowed', "Sin always takes you farther than you want to go.
Sin always keeps you longer than you want to stay.
Sin always costs more than you want to pay."
He challenged me as a young adult to remain faithful to my God & because of that, I say as he so often said, "I THANK MY GOD OF EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF YOU." God bless you & yours. Lynn(Jarvis) & Craig Walker

Posted by Lynn & Craig Walker - Livermore, KY   January 03, 2011


Kenny and I would like for you to know we are very sorry for your loss. I know you girls loved him dearly. I didn't know him but from listening to Kelly, he must have been a great Christian person. We will be praying for you all.
Kenny and Anna

Posted by Kenny and Anna Lindsey - Friends of the grandaughter   January 02, 2011

We are so sorry to read of Uncle Jim's passing. Also, that we cannot
be there during this difficult time.
He certainly lived what he preached.
Please know you are in our hearts.
We are here for winter months. Will be in touch when we return
in April.
We love you, Andy & Wanda

Posted by Charles "Andy" & Wanda Anderson - Rancho Mirage, ( Palm Spri, CA - nephew by marriage   January 02, 2011

Jim, Jr. & Family;

We were so sorry to read about the passing of your father. He was a great Christian pastor just like his son is. Please tell Daisey and Pat and all of the children and grandchildren they are all in our prayers.

God Bless You All.

Bob & Peggy

Posted by Bob & Peggy Speer - Hawesville, KY - Friends   January 02, 2011


Your family is in our prayers.

Posted by Brian Summers - Friend   January 02, 2011


A light that will never cease to glow.

Posted by Allison Summers - Friend   January 02, 2011

Bro. Watt and Mrs. Daisy have been long time friends of my parents, Ray and Marilyn Collins. He always treated me as a good friend too. When my first child, Grace, was born, my parents and I traveled to see them in Greenville. I remember how overjoyed they were to see us. Right before we left, Bro. Watt prayed the most beautiful blessing over my daughter, Grace. He was a treasure of a man and will forever be implanted in my heart and mind. I will always remember his warm spirit and luminous smile. He will be missed tremendously.

Posted by Allison Summers - Bowling Green, KY - Friend   January 02, 2011


Bro.Jim always told us that we would be "Friends forever". We loved him dearly. See you later Bro. Jim. Watch for us on the far side banks of Jordon. God bless and comfort you Mrs Daisy. With great love
Ray & Marilyn

Posted by Ray and Marilyn Collins - Friends   January 01, 2011


; LET G0 and LET GOD give sloace as only HE CAN.

Posted by HENRY & GENEVA BRISTOW - TITUSVILLE, FL - friends from the Owensboro, KY a   January 01, 2011

Dear Daisy and Family, Loving Memories of days gone by, serving Our Lord alongside such dear friends. Love You

Posted by carroll and robbie medley - charlestown, IN - friends   January 01, 2011

Dear Daisy and Family,

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to you. Heaven is definitely a brighter place as Jim has entered that glorious place. The time that you both were at Hawesville Baptist as Jim served as interim pastor, is a time we treasure. We pray that God will wrap His loving arms around you and the entire family.


Joe & Rene' Kreisle

Posted by Joe & Rene' Kreisle - Hawesville, KY - friend   January 01, 2011


Dear Ms. Daisy, Was so sorry to hear of Bro. Wyatt's passing. May God give you the comfort you seek in those days ahead of you.We at Cleaton thought the world of him..Always so enjoyed hear him preach many times over..Huggs and Prayers Sandra Whitworth

Posted by Sandra Whitworth    December 31, 2010