Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home

515 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC


Rev. Worth Nelson Watts Sr.

March 19, 1928November 7, 2019

Rev. Worth Watts, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 7, 2019. There will be no formal visitation or memorial service. Instead, we ask that family and friends write down a memory of Worth. Give these memories to a family member or mail them to Ruth at their home address. These will be compiled in a book that the family will call “A Preacher and His Wife”. This book will become a family treasure and will replace the memories that Alzheimer’s Disease erased. Worth graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He was an ordained Presbyterian minister and served as a pastor for forty-two years in churches in Elon, Burlington, Sanford, and Greensboro. During his ministry, 540 new members were received into the membership of his churches. He baptized 86 adults and 131 babies. He officiated 118 weddings and conducted 174 funerals. The results of Worth’s ministry are not in these numbers, but in the people whose lives were made better by his ministry. He was a beloved pastor. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 70 years, Ruth Smith Watts; daughter, Ginger and her husband Rob and their children, Danny and Denise; son, Gray and his wife Cassie and their children, Ashley and Eric; son, Chip and his wife Melody and their children, Maggie and Luke; ten great-grandchildren; and four great great-grandchildren. Daughter, Susan, passed away from cancer in 2015. There will be a private family burial service at Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.


  • Private Family Committal Service at Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery Saturday, November 9, 2019


Rev. Worth Nelson Watts Sr.

have a memory or condolence to add?

Kathie Lee

November 9, 2019

I will always remember Uncle Worth in the pulpit. He had a commanding voice and presence that made us sit up and pay attention. He didn’t preach sin and death, though. He preached love and grace, like a true Presbyterian. His quiet demeanor was his strength and his quick smile showed us his heart. I can’t imagine our family without our “Abraham” leading us. We are all better because of him.

Much love,

Becky Flowers

November 8, 2019

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Rev. Watts. He is the reason we joined Trinity Presbyterian Church in Elon. He was a kind and gentle man and we looked forward to his meaningful sermons each Sunday. The Lord has gained a faithful servant. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruth and his family.

John Parkinson Sr.

November 8, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the Watts family. Worth was a fine Southern gentleman who touched all our lives. We are all better people for having known him. The Parkinson Family.

Gloria Johnson

November 8, 2019

Heaven welcomed a truly Christain servant when they welcomed Worth Watts.
Prayers for his family