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“So sorry to hear of your dad's passing, please know you will be in my prayers & thoughts. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Joan McClellan - Powderly, KY

“Deeply saddened about Jim's passing. Remembering him and his sister Thelma as close childhood friends at Curdsville. He was like a brother to us,...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Dianne Hallmark-Fulkerson - KY

“Bro Jim and his family were always kind, sweet , considerate. Bro Jim married Wayne and I at Oak Hill Baptist Church on a Sunday night in September...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Marcia Barnes - Cecilia, KY

“Bro. Jim, I want to thank you for directing me to Christ.I want to tell your family I love them, and will always think of the times while at...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Paul Kreisle - Tell City, IN

“I can't begin to express our sorrow of Bro. Jim's passing. He was our pastor for several years and a dear friend for a long time and also a great...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Marian Gwen Crick - Bremen, KY

“Brother Jim was loved and respected by all. He adored his wife and family. He touched many lives in a positive way. Gone but not forgotten. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Linda Crabtree - Owensboro, KY

“I will always have wonderful memories of Jim. He was and always will be our favorite pastor ever. Marla looked forward each Sunday to seeing her...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Sharon Nunn - Magnolia, KY

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GREENVILLE - Rev. James Willard Watt Jr., 73, of Greenville, passed away at his residence on Thursday, February 20, 2020. "Bro Jim" was born on July 28, 1946, in Owensboro. At the young age of 17, he met and married his beloved wife of 56 years, Pat Morris, who devoted herself to him and his call to the ministry when he surrendered to preach the gospel. He was ordained by Livermore Baptist Church in 1964. He graduated from Butler County High School and later attended Campbellsville College and Southern Seminary. Bro. Jim first began his service as pastor in 1964 at Roseville Baptist Church in Roseville, KY. In the years to follow, he served as pastor for the following churches: Beech Grove Baptist, Three Springs Baptist, Oak Hill Baptist, Jamestown Baptist, Liverpool Baptist, Hawesville Baptist, Belfry Baptist, Bethlehem Baptist, Beechmont Baptist, Beechland Baptist, and Curdsville Baptist. In conjunction with pastoring his congregations, Jim also worked as an investigator for neglected and abused children, and as an advocate for women suffering from domestic violence. Although he officially "retired" in 1995, he continued to supply at various churches throughout Muhlenberg County and surrounding counties. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Greenville. In most recent years, Jim was well known for his creativity and his love for bringing laughter and joy to those he met. He loved writing, playing guitar, and at age 72, began painting beautiful and personal works of art that are treasured by his family. Although health issues impacted him tremendously during the last 20 years of his life, they did not prevent him from being a champion for the broken-hearted or cause his impact on the lives of others to lessen. This is evident in the legacy of love and devotion he leaves behind for his congregations, friends, and most of all, his family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. James Willard Watt, Sr.; his father-in-law, Russell Slaton Morris; and his mother-in-law Katherine Bell Morris, who was like a mother to him.

Survivors include his loving wife, Patricia Morris Watt; mother, Daisy Anderson Watt; daughters, Lorrie (Mark) Finegan of Owensboro, Amy (Mark) Driskill of Greenville, Bethany (Jeff) Travis of Greenville, and Kelly (T.J.) Teague of Greenville; grandchildren, Ryan Finegan, Liam Finegan, Ryan Driskill, Sydnie Driskill, Quinten Travis, Eli Travis, Delaney Teague, and Slaton Teague; sister, Thelma Shouse; and family friends, Harry (Lisa) Neal, Joseph Neal, and Katie Rose Neal.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate Jim's life on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at 12:00 noon in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Greenville, with Rev. John Galyen officiating, assisted by Rev. Harry Neal. Visitation for the public will be held from 10:00AM until the memorial service begins. Tucker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at