James McCaffrey Watts

February 7, 1957January 19, 2021

MSgt James “Jim” McCaffrey Watts began a life-long connection to the US military being born at Chincoteague Naval Air Station, in Chincoteague, Virginia on February 7, 1957. Jim would later in life join the US Air Force where he would serve with love, honor, and pride for God and country for 22 years until he retired and then joined Tinker AFB Civil Service and serve as a Crew Chief for 10 years. Jim was then forced through impacting disabilities to retire. Although Jim retired from formal service, he never stopped serving in his heart and in his love and support for his band of brothers and sisters.

Jim grew up in the Oakdale Community of Charlotte, NC, attended West Mecklenburg High School, and had a love for broadcasting and music that led him to graduate from Carolina School of Broadcasting, and to become a DJ while stationed in Mildenhall, England and as a sports announcer and radio programming producer while stationed at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma.

Jim was an avid reader and studier of the Bible and US and military history. He loved baseball from little league to cheering on the Atlanta Braves throughout his life. As PTSD limited his public life, Jim began a social media presence seeking out friends and family to connect, support, encourage, and share memories to bring a new aspect to his life. Jim had always loved family, friends, jokes, humor, and had a booming voice that echoed through the airwaves, and he brought that part of himself back through his posts and messages.

Jim was preceded in death by his father USAF Retired SMSgt John Henry Watts, his paternal grandparents Henry and Bertha Watts, maternal grandparents Frank George McCaffrey, Pearlie McCaffrey Stinson, and Curtis Stinson.

Jim is survived by his mother, Betty McCaffrey Watts, his sister Janet Watts, his extended family brother Bob Marcik and wife Jennifer, niece Ashley Marcik Fisher and husband James, nephew Kyle Marcik and wife Brooklyn, great-nephews and nieces Tayven Fisher, Daxton Fisher, Teaghen Fisher, and Lily-Anne Marcik. Sister Pam Sams and husband Kirk. Along with Aunts, Uncles, and cousins whom he loved dearly.

Jim is survived by and now soaring once again with his beloved USAF Beale Bandits, USAF Crew Chiefs, and his many USAF band of brothers and sisters.

Jim will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021


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Oscar Paez

March 1, 2021

I was a very troubled youngman coming from rough beginings, when I came into the USAF. MSgt James Jim Watts saw potential that nobody else had seen in me in the short time I was in the 963rd AMU and he challenged me to be a better person, a better mechanic and not so much of a loose canon. Thanks for having the patience and confidence in me when nobody believed in a young kid from East Los Angeles. I owe you allot and I will carry on your work ethics in these later years of my avaition career to do great work at Airbus. RIP Boss you will be missed I thank God he put you in my life when he did.
See you at the gates of heaven.

Rick Ricketts

February 3, 2021

JW, One of my best friend both at Mildenhall where we recruited him to become a Beale Bandit all the way while at Beale he was our TDY Disc Jockey, we had a lot of great times running Yuba City in his Black Trans Am, and living in the Sugar House Apts, I will miss him dearly as now I had hopes of going to Charlotte this summer to visit, I will see you again JW you can bet on that, my Brother

Debra Ann Killgore

February 2, 2021

I remember you Jim from when you was station at Beale you was always so friendly towards me when I was with (Rick) Ricketts but you also gave me a fun bad time about it. You will be missed my friend Rest In Peace

Stacy Sveom

February 1, 2021

I feel very fortunate to have known and served with Jim Watts. We met and were stationed together in California, where he became a Beale Bandit. We also went overseas to England together many years ago. Looking back now, the Air Force must have learned it's core values from Jim. "Integrity first, Service before self and Excellence in all we do." Then add to that, a good friend with a kind heart. That's the Jim Watts I knew and remember! I am so very sorry to hear of your loss, my sincere condolences to your family.

AShley Fisher

January 27, 2021

Jim Watts was an amazing son, brother, cousin, nephew, and friend to so many but to me he was my god father, my Uncle Jim. He was at every birthday, every Christmas, and Thanksgiving. I remember waiting on him to walk through that door so I could run and meet him and give him the biggest hug. He always used lines from The Godfather movie; and always said “proud of you kid.” He is the only family I grew up around constantly and I’ll forever be thankful for him. I’ll forever miss his laugh, hug, and his god father jokes. I’ll forever miss the “proud of you kid” comment he never once didn’t say before getting off the phone. I love you uncle Jim so much !!

Jennifer Marcik

January 27, 2021

I met Jim over 34 years ago. He and my husband met when they were in the air force. The moment I met Jim I felt like I knew him forever. He had away with people. He was kind,caring and would do anything for you. When our daughter was born we asked him to be her godfather and he was a great one at that! One year my husband was on a TDY and away for Christmas. My kids were missing their dad. Jim dressed up as Santa Clause for them. It was priceless! The look on their faces when Santa was at the door. All the pain he was in he never complained. I will miss him dearly. But through him I met his family and they became our family. I thank you Jim for that because without you that would not be possible. I am glad you are flying high and no longer in pain. God gained another angel that will look over us all! Until we meet again I will cherish the memories and how blessed I was.

Aunt Emma Fell

January 21, 2021

Jimmy, you were so special to me. This just tears me apart to lose
you.I know you were in a lot of pain and I would not wish you back.
My memories of you can never be replaced.I love you now and always.You were the first boy in our family and I was the youngest of
six girls with the first two grand children being girls and when you came to our house you were "KING OF THE ROAD". I can`t begin to
tell you how heavy my heart is with grief.



Maria Rogers

January 21, 2021

Mrs. Watts and Janet,
Please accept our condolences. We are so sorry about Jim. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Maria and Danny Rogers

Glenn Larson

January 21, 2021

Such a sad day. Always had a great time with Jim both on duty and off duty. His character is always above reproach.
You will be missed!
Rest In Peace my brother!

Brian Wallace

January 21, 2021

Thank you Jim for being such a wonderful person and supporting me and my family through our difficult times. You were a wonderful person to talk to. Prayers to your family. RIP brother.