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Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - Columbus

4071 Macon Road, Columbus, GA

OBITUARY

James Alfred Watley

October 21, 1952September 13, 2020
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James Alfred Watley was born at Bush Hospital in Columbus, GA to Jesse Junior and Fannie Lee Watley on October 21, 1952. He went to Baker High School and was married to Delia Watley on March 10, 1972. He was a Master Plumber for 31 years and owner of Watley Plumbing Company.

He was preceeded in death by the love of his life, Delia; brothers, Edward Watley, Stephen Watley and Franklin Watley.

James is survived by his children, Amanda Edwards (husband-Blake), Michael Watley (wife-Cindy), and Jason Watley (wife-Candice); grandchildren, Alexis Campbell, Janna Tibbit, Joseph Watley and Victoria Watley; great-grandchild, Linley Tibbit; brothers, David Watley, Terry Watley, Ronnie Watley and Mark Watley; and sisters, Pearl Mitchell and Linda Norris.

James was a devoted husband and loving father that worked hard to provide for his family and a great man, who gave us many things. He gave us life, unconditional love, knowledge, a great work ethic, taught us to hunt, fish and plumb, but most of all, he told us about faith in God. With that faith, we know that he is in heaven with our mom, his parents, three of his brothers and the rest of his family that have passed. Notice we didn’t say friends because he considered his friends as family. He enjoyed morning coffee on the deck with Amanda, fishing with Jo Jo, arguing with Jason (because they were just alike), checking for wheat pennies, hunting with Michael, and watching Fox News with his little shadow, Sassy.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Watley family may be left at shcolumbus.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Amanda Edwards (Blake), Daughter
  • Michael Watley (Cindy), Son
  • Jason Watley (Candice), Son
  • Alexis Campbell, Grandchild
  • Janna Tibbit, Grandchild
  • Joseph Watley, Grandchild
  • Victoria Watley, Grandchild
  • Linley Tibbit, Great-Grandchild
  • David Watley, Brother
  • Terry Watley, Brother
  • Ronnie Watley, Brother
  • Mark Watley, Brother
  • Pearl Mitchell, Sister
  • Linda Norris, Sister
  • Delia Watley, Wife (deceased)
  • Edward Watley, Stephen Watley and Franklin Watley, Brothers (deceased)
  • Jesse Junior and Fannie Lee Watley, Parents (deceased)

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Services

  • Visitation for Family and Friends

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Funeral Services

    Friday, September 18, 2020

Memories

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Dorothy Apt

September 18, 2020

Hi James! I know you are praising Jesus and loveing your family and friends! I have known you and a long time. You all are so precious to me. I am going to miss you and love you very much! See you in Heaven!

Kathy Blair

September 18, 2020

Our deepest Condolences to the Watley Family........remember family.....
"Absent from the body is present with the Lord".
Love in Christ,
Kathy Blair & Family

Brenda Lisle

September 18, 2020

Amanda, Michael & Jason, The one thing that stands out about your Daddy is the way he would look at you with that one big eye, one little eye when he didn't want to do something. He had the best sense of humor of anyone I know. His laugh was contagious, the more he laughed the harder you would laugh. One day I was sitting on the back deck when Jo Jo came out asking him for $20. James looked at me and said I'm Jo Jo's Sugar Daddy. James loved his Dee, his children, and Grandchildren so very much. I will miss my dear friend. James was the only one I knew who could hang curtains and change lightbulbs without a ladder, even if he wasn't as tall as he was, he was the tallest man I ever met!

Kathy Kennon Bailey

September 15, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of James. He was a good man, loving husband, father and grandfather. He will once again be with the love of his life Delia. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Love,
Kathy K Bailey & family

Vicki Earnest

September 15, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of James' passing. He was a good father and provider to his family and loved his family very much. He will be seeing Delia again. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Love,
Vicki Earnest

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