Dorothy E. Watts

9:59 am | October 16, 2012

Dorothy Edith Price Watts, 87, of Elizabethton, left behind a worldly body and exchanged it for a Robe and a Crown, on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.

She was born in Stone, Ky., a daughter of the late Lee and Lilly Greer Price, but grew up in Old Butler. She attended Watauga Academy, Butler.

Edith served in the United States Navy as a Technician in the Signal Corps during World War II. She was the oldest known female that was being treated at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.

Mrs. Watts was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation after 44 years of service. She was a member of Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church. She was an avid Lady Vols Fan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rhonda H. Watts, March 30, 1998; a son, James R. Watts, August 13, 2008; and three brothers, Warren, J.L. and Raymond Price.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and John McDonnell, Johnson City; five grandchildren, David McDonnell and wife Kim, Lori Kelly and husband Kris, Jessica Baumgardner, Brandon Watts and Danielle Watts; five great-grandchildren, Ashley Collins, Lauren Collins, Andy Baumgardner, Hannah McDonnell and Allie Watts; and her daughter-in-law, Marilyn Watts, Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Watts will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Randy Johnson and the Rev. Mark Potter officiating. Music will be provided by Joel Crisp and Ben Johnson. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 17, in the Price Family Cemetery, Butler. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Wednesday, will be Warren Price, David McDonnell, Brandon Watts, Andy Baumgardner, Kris Kelly, Donald Price and Sam Harrison. Honorary pallbearers will be her church family. The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to Dr. Holladay and the staff at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center and also to a granddaughter Jessica Baumgardner, who cared for her during the last year. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends may also visit at her residence. Military Honors will be provided by the Carter County Honor Guard. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Watts family may be e-mailed to mfc@

Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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