Betty Jo Watts

December 25, 1940November 25, 2018

Betty Jo Watts, age 77 of Farragut, Tennessee passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018. She was a Christmas baby born in Charlotte, NC in 1940. She married Richard, the love of her life in April 1962 and they moved to Farragut, TN in 1973 where they raised their family and lived until both their passing. Betty was a lifelong homemaker, where she spent most her years providing in home daycare to many families within the Farragut community including several former Farragut school teachers. Her lifelong devotion to her faith in God was evident in her devotion to all the children and youth she encountered. Although she was mom to only three birth children, she was "mother" to hundreds of others through out her life. A charter member of the Knoxville Church of the Nazarene, she displayed a faith and love of God that was second to none. She served many roles within the church including being a Sunday school teacher, youth director, board member and most importantly a prayer warrior. She was active with her husband in the CBFO youth organizing for many year as well. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years Oren Richard Watts, her daughter Shannon Lynn Gossage, her parents Thomas Raymond Black and Thelma Matthews Black, sister Nancy Smith, and grandson Seth Adam Gossage. She is survived by her children Brad Watts (Susan Williams), Dina (David) Hodges, son-in-law Adam Gossage; grandchildren Eden (Austin) Glover, Kayla Watts, Sydney (John Power) Watts and their mother Shawna Watts, Richard Hodges, Brenna Hodges, Ethan Gossage, Laney Gossage, Mallory Gossage; great granddaughter Arya Lynn Power all of Knoxville, TN; brothers Thomas (Diane) Black, Rick (Linda) Black of NC; along with many nieces, nephews and other family. The family will receive friends Saturday, December 1, 2018 from noon to 1:15 pm at Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 6031 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208. A graveside service will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held in Knoxville at First Church of the Nazarene, 538 Vanosdale Rd, Knoxville, TN 37909 on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 5pm. Please visit to leave condolences for the family.


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Deirdre Van Amberg

December 2, 2018

Betty was a precious lady. She loved the Lord with all her heart and served him and his people diligently. Despite being in physical pain for many yrs, she still found ways to minister to our family. Her friendly manner and candor made me always happy to see her. With God's help, she kept on moving forward in life despite many difficulties and tragedies. An inspiration to others.

JeannE Morris

November 27, 2018

Betty was always a great encouragement to me. She was the one person I knew understood my pain and fatigue. No matter how she felt, she always encouraged me to keep going. I love and miss her.