Mack Watts

Watts, Reverend Mack Was born September 18, 1918 in Beatrice, Alabama. He was the 8th of 12 children born to the union of Henry and Mattie Watts. On July 2, 2013 at 5:30 PM the Great Comforter cradled Mack in his arms and carried him home at the age of 94. Mack was a resident of Zion, IL where he has lived since 2007 after leaving his childhood home. Mack attended school in Monroe County, AL. He later enlisted in the United States Armed Forces where he served as a Corporal First Class during World War II. He was discharged with honors in 1945. On June 27, 1947, Mack was joined in holy matrimony to Thessalonia Stallworth. In 1964 he was ordained as a minister and was called to preach the gospel. He served as pastor for Mile Chapel in Lower Peachtree, AL, Miles Chapel in Thomasville, AL, New Hope in Oak Hill, AL, and New Hope in Beatrice, AL, as well as several others in the Mobile district. He was also a member of the Southeast Alabama CME Annual Conference in the 5th Episcopal District. After 29 years as pastor, he retired from Jones Chapel CME Church in Dixon Mill, AL. Mack was a member of the Black Farmers Association of America and also served as the unofficial Mayor of Stallworth Quarters, AL. He enjoyed baseball, gardening, watching western movies, and spending time with his family and members of his congregation. He had a kind, generous heart and a tremendous love for people. He greeted everyone with open arms. When asked how he was doing he would always reply, "I'm still kicking but not very high". Mack committed his live to Christ at an early age and LOVED attending church. He had an unconditional love for God and the word of God. In September 2007, he joined Shiloh Baptist Church (Watch Care) under the leadership of Pastor Walstone E. Francis. He regularly attended Sunday school classes where he was a member of the Amazing Grace study group. Precious memories of Reverend Watts will be cherished by family and friends, Thessalonia Watts-Stallworth; his children, Eva (Bobby) Williams, Johnny (Yolanda) Watts, Shirley Armour, Beatrice, AL, Sandra Davis, Annie Love, Karen (Bobby) Gordon, Jonathan (Angelique) Hadnott, Timothy Hadnott, Machell Hadnott; 1 sister, Annie Mae Watts, Mobile AL; 1 sister-in-law, Clemmie Dawson, St. Albans, NY; 22 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mattie and Henry Watts of Beatrice, Alabama; 1 son; 3 brothers and 6 sisters. Funeral service will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church, 800 Genesee, Waukegan, IL 60085, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, visitation at 5:00pm, Service at 6:00pm, Pastor Walstone E. Francis officiating. Professional service will be entrusted to Bradshaw and Range Funeral Home, 2523 Dugdale Rd, Waukegan, IL and Penn's Funeral Home, 290 E. Claiborne St., Monroeville AL 36460. A subsequent funeral service will follow on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm in Beatrice, AL. The interment will be at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Beatrice, AL. Please sign guestbook at

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Published in News Sun from July 8 to July 14, 2013