Asheville – Alton Josey “Bo” Watts was born December
8, 1927 in
the Oswego community of SumterCounty. He was the son of the late Vernie Parnell Watts and Ethel Mae Jones Watts. He attended
public school at the OswegoElementary School, the MayesvilleConsolidated School and EdmundsHigh School, graduating in June 1944. He attended
ClemsonCollege before entering the US Navy in July
1945. He was stationed at NOB Argentia, NFL rose to the rank of GM3/c and discharged in July 1946.
He returned to Clemson and earned a Degree in Mechanical Engineering in January
was employed by Carolina Power & Light Co. In September 1950, he was
recalled to active duty with the US Navy during the Korean War. He was released
from active duty in January 1952 and returned to work with Carolina Power &
Light Co., where he spent the next 38 years, retiring in 1990 as Manager,
Fossil and Hydro Generation Western Area in Asheville, NC.
his career, he was very active in the engineering profession. He was a
registered professional engineer in NC and a member of the North Carolina
Engineers Society and on the board of directors for several years. In 1964, he
organized the Sanford, NC Engineers Society, which was part of
the North Carolina Engineers Society. He was a long-time member and past
president of The Engineers Society of Western North Carolina. Also, in 1964, he
was elected Honorary Member of the NC State University Chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, the school’s Mechanical Engineering Honors
Society. He was a 50-year life member of the American Society of Mechanical
was a lifelong member of the UnitedMethodistChurch and held many offices in the church.
He was a certified lay speaker and Sunday School
teacher at SkylandUnitedMethodistChurch. He organized Troop 72 of the Boy
Scouts of America at SkylandUnitedMethodistChurch. He was a member of The Order Of The Arrow and served as Scoutmaster for 10 years. He was a
50-year member of the Lions Club and was past president of the Valley Springs
Club. He served on the Board of Directors of the Skyland
Fire Department for six years. He worked with the United Way of BuncombeCounty, serving on the budget committees of
several organizations in BuncombeCounty.
his retirement, he became involved with genealogy and did extensive research on
his family. He developed a website that assisted many of his family members all
over the US to find lost members. He also
composed several documents on his family which were donated to the Genealogy
Library in his hometown of Sumter, SC. He was also involved with Ballroom
Dance and had many wonderful friends in the dance community. He was a member of
“Four Seasons and Memories” Dance Clubs in Hendersonville, NC. He was an avid skeet, trap and
sporting clays shooter and was a member of several gun clubs in North and South Carolina. In later years, he learned to bowl
and was a member of Haywood Knolls Bowling League in Hendersonville, where he had so many close friends.
was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Stenza
Lee Pait Watts of Bladenboro, NC. He is survived by a son, Jeff Watts
(Sherry) of Candler, and a daughter, Pegge Watts
McCormick (James) of Surfside Beach, SC; a grandson, Justin Watts McCormick
(Dana) ; two granddaughters: Kelly Alford (Adam) and Lara McCormick (Bill), all
of Surfside Beach; four great-grandchildren: Wyatt, Reed, Griffin, and
Caroline; two step-grandchildren: Eddie Morse (Tiffany) and Lee Morse
(Barbara); and two step-great-grandchildren: Parker and Avery.
Alton was also preceded in death by his sister, Colzie Britt, and his beloved companions Lorna Mims and Binney Miller.
memorial service will be held at Friday, August 6, 2021 at Groce
Funeral Home at LakeJulian. Friends will be received following
the service. Inurnment will be private.
lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Valley Springs Lions
Club, 4 Fawn Drive, Asheville, NC28803.
Funeral Home at LakeJulian is assisting the family.