William "Bill" Boyd Watts

19 February, 195111 June, 2021

William (Bill) Boyd Watts, 70 of Callahan passed away on June 11, 2021 after a long bout with cancer.

He was born on February 19, 1951 to Woodrow and Annie Watts in Loris, South Carolina. Bill worked for Comcast for 21 years. He was a coach in little league baseball and Pop warner football. He was also president of the West Nassau Band booster for several years. His greatest passion was being a volunteer Firefighter. He volunteered for 28 years starting with Gray Gables VFD and ending with Callahan VFD, where he was chief for the last 14 years. During his time with the fire department he was very instrumental in recruiting many to volunteer that went on to make it a career to serve. Over the years he also helped raise money for the MDA through fill the boot drives. Thousands of dollars were raised each year for MDA research.

Bill was preceded in death by his mother Annie, Father Woody, and his three brothers Larry, Charles, and Paul. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Kathy Watts: daughter Jamie Kuches of Callahan: Sons Bill (Wendy) Watts of Jacksonville and Sean (Erin) Watts of St Johns County; sister Ellen Vasquez and Seven grandchildren Esther, William, Lily, Christopher, Joel, Jonathan, and Chase.

Family will be receiving visitors on Thursday June 17th at Hardage-Giddens Funeral home located at 7242 Normandy Blvd from 5-7 pm. His funeral service will be the next day June 18th at noon.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, 17 June , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, 18 June , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, 18 June , 2021


William "Bill" Boyd Watts

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Ray Bullard

17 June 2021

Bill I never saw you when you wasn't happy and joking around. You was a long time friend. Subway wont ever be the same. And the Fire Department will always miss you . Love You Bro , DUMPSTER COMMAND 10-82

Amanda Roberts

15 June 2021

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

On behalf of myself and the staff at Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral Home, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to your family at this time.

Mary Selph

15 June 2021

What a WONDERFUL Man. ALWAYS Smiling and a real Jokester. Prayers for your family. You are really going to be missed by many.

Renea Sams Conger

14 June 2021

I remember working at library on Dunn Ave. (Dad) bill would come in to see Kathy. And made the comment aboút having a redhead daughter. I told him he could adopt me. So I called him daddy watts. He was so funny. And a great man.

Talisa Bush

14 June 2021

This is gonna be one missed man! He made a name for himself everywhere he went. I love you, ugly and this brat is gonna miss you!

Wilson Faircloth

14 June 2021

What a guy
What a friend
Miss you buddy


Bill Foures

14 June 2021

Dear Mrs. Kathy and family I think god for meeting Mr. he was a very awesome Fighting fire, riding motorcycles to Daytona for bike week; He loved helping people and always was there for the people in callahan. I think he was a mentor to not only me but both his sons, we all became professional firefighters. But we did it because we had the same compassion that he did to help people in there time of need. He live life to the fullest. My prayers are with you and your family God blessed us with a great man, and thank you for letting me be a small part of it.

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