Ethel Christine Watts

June 22, 1932April 20, 2021

Christine Parker Watts, 88, of Hickory, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at her residence. Born in Catawba County on June 22, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Russell John Parker and Mae Crouch Parker.

Christine was a charter member of The Chapel Church in Hickory. She was a faithful servant, serving as youth director, Sunday school teacher, mission leader, Samaritan Purse Shoe Box Director, and Christmas play director. She retired from Catawba County School system. Christine was a dedicated loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Bill Watts; daughter, Diane Watts Hefner; son, Jeff Watts; brothers, James Russell Parker, Coy Lee Parker, Gene C. Parker; and sister, Pearl Parker Raines.

Christine is survived by her sons, Ronnie Watts and wife Susan of Bethlehem, Steve Watts and wife Donna of Claremont, Rev. Dr. Dale Watts and wife Linda of Hickory; and her daughter, Robin Watts of Hickory. Daughter-in-law, Angie Watts Ross of Hickory; grandchildren, Diane Bennett, Kevin Watts, Tiffany Watts, Jessica Watts, Chip Watts, Christy Creson, Ryan Watts, and Laura McLeymore; and numerous great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

A Funeral Service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2021 at the Chapel Church in Hickory with the Rev. Dr. Dale Watts officiating. She will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. A private graveside will be held later.

Memorial donations may be given to The Chapel Church - Hickory Samaritan Purse Shoe Box Fund, 410 26th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

Condolences may be sent to the Watts family at

Drum Funeral Home in Hickory is honored to be serving the Watts family.


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Tony & Shayla Gaines

April 26, 2021

Dale, Linda, Chip, and Family,
We are sending our deepest sympathy for the passing of your mother. A mother leaves a special place in our hearts. May all the life time memories help you through the difficult time, and your faith in God. Prayers, and big hugs for all.

Jane Harris

April 24, 2021

I am so thankful to know and love Christine. She made such a positive impression on me and my two guys that she taught in youth.
Love and prayers to all her family. Love Jane & Ed Harris

Cathy Starnes

April 21, 2021

Dearest Watts Family,
I was saddened to hear of Christine's passing, but find comfort in her home-going. She was a sweet person and loved everyone. I know you will miss her. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. God Bless you and give you peace.