Russell W. McWatters

March 24, 1926March 2, 2013
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RUSSELL WHITE McWATTERS, resident of Germantown Plantation, died March 2, 2013. Russell was born March 24, 1926 in Cleveland, OH. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marilyn Jo McWatters, children, Bill and Sandie McWatters of Collierville, Tom and Mary Alice McWatters of Franklin, TN. He was a loving grandfather to Matt and Chrissy McWatters of Franklin, Dr. Drew and Dr. Carly McWatters of Collierville, Dr. Katie and Rev. David Hollis of Jackson, Mark and Lauren McWatters of Nashville and loving great-grandfather to Paxton McWatters of Collierville, TN and Amelia McWatters of Franklin, TN. Mr. McWatters served in the U.S. Navy in the V-12 program. He then went on to graduate from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Russell worked as a salesman his entire career and never met a stranger. He was the former owner of Chickasaw Trane Heating and Air Conditioning. He was a member of the Memphis Rotary Club as well as the Rotary Readers Program and former chairman of the International Students Program. A long time member of Windyke Country Club, he loved golf, travel and University of Memphis basketball. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 6 from 12 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 1 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens on Poplar Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Sociey, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Memphis Rotary Club. Online condolences may be expressed at, Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave. (901)725-0100


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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March 7, 2013

Our Prayers are with All the Mcwatters.
Grandma Betty Miller, Jim, Peggy, Jamie, Jorden, Beth and Chase

Ed Mcwatters

March 6, 2013

I was deeply saddened when I learned about the loss of "Uncle Russ" as I knew him. I can only remember meeting him twice and both times thought this is an amazing man that I needed to know more about. He was someone you enjoyed being around and wanted to be around. He was so proud of his family and made me feel apart, I think he did that with everyone. The memory of him will always be in my heart.

Jane Brown

March 6, 2013

Dear Ms. Jo, Bill, Tom and family, so sorry to hear of Russ's passing. Keeping you all in my prayers.

Samuel Snider

March 5, 2013

to the McWatters Family. It is with great sorrow I write this note. I have known Russ since the early 90's when he was was with Dixie Refrigeration. Both he and Bob Oeding helped me tremendously when i was first starting in the industrial refrigeration field. I have continued to stay in touch with Russ until his retirement. I am dearly sorry for the loss you must surely feel. Your family will be in my prayers. Although i only met him face to face twice I will always remember the way he would say "RightO" when he finished our conversations. I am from St. Louis and only talked to Russ on the phone, but when I heard the news it was as if i was kicked in the stomach. My prayer is that the comfort Jesus will be with you all in the coming days. God Bless
Sam Snider

Cam Neal

March 5, 2013

Dear All of the Family McWatters, I am among those who loved him. His influence and impact for good in the world, along with Jo, was far and wide.

Janie and David Varn

March 4, 2013

Tom,Please know that we are thinking about all of you and love you so much! Your dad was loved by so many and will be missed!

March 4, 2013

Dear Jo, Bill, Tom and family. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Ann and I recall the great time we had together in Hawaii. No business to worry about....just sharing friendship. Memories are the only things that we have forever. Thanks God for memories

Tom and Ann Ginnever

Deanna and Joe Perry

March 4, 2013

Tom, our condolences go out to you and your entire family. You are truly blessed to have such a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Linda and Ron Wagner

March 4, 2013

We send our love to Joe, Bill, Tom and their families. Russ was a wonderful friend and a great guy. He leaves a legacy of loving family and friends. We treasure our memories of him.

Marty and Kristin Shaw

March 4, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God's peace be with you.