Cecil Bowen Watts, 92, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville, KY. He was predeceased by his wife (Anne Watts), three brothers (VW, Maurice & Roger Watts) and three sisters (Ermany, Emma and Mary Frances).
He was born October 11, 1925 in Harrodsburg KY, to the late Herman and Eyre Emma Divine Watts. He was a graduate of Harrodsburg High School and the University of Kentucky.
After college, he served our country in the United States Navy during WWII, the “Big One” as he called it.
After his armed service in the Navy, Cecil resumed work on the family farm, named “Fairview Farm” in Harrodsburg, KY with his father and brothers. He then went on to own and operate his own farm in Harrodsburg, working the land until 1962. He then, with his wife Anne, moved his family to Versailles, KY where they opened Versailles Auto Supply in 1963. He would go on to own and operate that very successful business for 26 years until his retirement in 1989.
During his time in Versailles, he served as deacon and elder at Versailles Presbyterian Church, a member of Woodford Hills Country Club, Frankfort Country Club and Spindletop. He was also a member of the UK alumni association, and a UK football season ticket holder for many years dating back to Stoll Field.
In 1996, Cecil and Ann moved to The Country Club of Sebring, in Sebring, Fl where they lived happily into their later years. There, they were very involved in the golf community. After his wife passed in 2006, he continued to reside in Sebring, remaining very active in golf into his 90s where he often shot his age and recorded two holes in one.
He was past president of the Sebring CC men’s association and enjoyed many friends and fond memories of their time in Sebring. He also enjoyed his church family at First Presbyterian Church in Sebring.
Cecil came home to Kentucky in 2016, to spend his last years with his family. He resided at The Forum at Brookside in Louisville, KY at the time of his death.
Survivors include a son, Cecil H. Watts (Monica), Prospect, KY; two daughters, Carole Ann Luckett (David), Vancouver, WA; and Cristine Watts Sims (Dennis), Louisville, KY; six grandchildren, Kendall Rizenbergs, Kyle Rizenbergs, Megan Watts (Stiles), Sara Watts, Corynn Finucane (Scott) and Kenneth Luckett; and three great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a dear and special friend in Sebring, Barbara Boss.
We will miss Dad’s intelligence, wisdom, common sense and his quick and razor sharp wit. He was kind and generous to a fault. He was old school and definitely one of a kind. We love you, Pops.
The family would like to express sincere thanks to the 5th floor nursing staff at Norton Brownsboro Hospital for their loving care of Dad during his final days with us.
A private family ceremony was held after cremation.