Golden Fred Watts

October 26, 1936 ‒ February 23, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Golden “Fred” Watts Sr., 82 of Delaware, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Saturday morning, February 23, 2019.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents Charles Watts Sr. and Lou Verna (Wallace) Watts, his sister Dorothy Watts, and brothers Thurman Watts, Charles Watts Jr., and Paul B. Watts.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis A. (Ratcliff) Watts, whom he married on October 2, 1960; his three children, Golden “Fred” (Jeanea) Watts II, Ken (Tammy) Watts and Terasa (Jeremy) Slone; his grandchildren, Brittaney Carter, Brooke Gillen, Mariah Robinson, Gavin Watts, Golden “Fred” Watts III, Treyton Slone, Caiden Slone, Gracie Slone, and many other grand and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Fred was born in Crum, WV on October 26, 1936. He moved to Kenova, WV as a child where he grew up. He attended both C-K high school and Marshall University where he obtained multiple degrees in Science, Math & Chemistry. He taught math and science at both as he obtained his Masters.

In 1966, he started a successful career working at Ashland Chemical where he became internationally known for his work with Phenolic Resins. He was involved with numerous patents there. To Fred, his education made a living. His favorite things were spending time with his family and talking about the bible. As a longstanding member of Pleasant Hill Freewill Baptist Church, he loved serving the Lord. His other enjoyments were picking a guitar, telling a joke in a way only he could, and playing on his tractor.

The family will receive friends on Monday, February 25, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Pleasant Hill Freewill Baptist Church, 230 Hayes Street, Delaware, OH. Services will follow at 5:00 pm with Rev. Lucian Baker officiating.

Burial will take place at Community Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Wayne, WV on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 4:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Fred’s memory may be made to Pleasant Hill Freewill Baptist Church or Philadelphia United Baptist in Lavallette, WV.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Watts family.

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  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Hes not sick anymore. PRAISE GOD!!!!! Fred was a wonderful loving friend. He loved to joke and have fun. Thank God we will meet again.

  • We’ll keep you all in our thoughts and prayers
    Sorry to here about your loss. I liked him very much.
    We’ll see him on the other side!!!

  • So sorry to hear this but he is walking the streets of glory now and talking to Jesus. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort and strength during your time of need. I will be praying for you all.

  • To the family I wil never forget this wonderful man of God !!! He was a testimony to us all & will be missed !! Oh how he is shouting & singing now !! I can see him running through those gates with a beam of light all around him !!! At church my kids grew up referring to him as the gum man . He would give all the kids gum at the beginning of church but seriously told them no opening it till church was over !!! May God be with the family & comfort them as they go through this life with thin !!! Fly high Fred we love you !!!!😢❤️

  • Uncle Fred was one of sweetest people you could ever know, he always made me feel welcome and not a burden when I lived with them in my junior year of high school and where I attended C-K High school, even though they were only 10 years older than me I felt more like a little sister than a niece, then when I graduated from Crum High school I went to live with them again, when they lived off Hidden Valley Road. He made the best gravy, I learned his way and have always used it, and of course his popcorn was the best, it was always popped on the stoves in a pot with a lid, when the first kernel popped out of the pot he would put the lid on and let it pop until it popped out of the pot, the best. I know he is in heaven watching over his family still today. You will always be my friend and uncle, I love you Uncle Fred.

  • Fred will be greatly missed by all who new him. We will miss the times we spent together, sharing Bible verses and singing together. Fred a Phyllis took care of my son as we attended my mother’s funeral. He will be missed by my whole family. Looking forward to seeing him in Heaven and walking those golden street with him soon. Love, the Ward/Abrams family.

  • Herb and I are saddened that you had to loose your loved one. He is in a much better place now and suffers no more. To the Slone family, my heart is broken because of the pain you are suffering. You were all good to him and Terasa was his Angel here on earth. We send to all of you our deepest sympathy.

  • So sorry to hear of Fred passing away. He and Phyllis have been our friends for many years. We had some fun times together fishing,singing and visiting each other in our homes. Our children were close in age and they became friends at an early age. I know Fred is rejoicing in Heaven with his many family and friends, but most of all he is in the presence of Jesus and singing with the angels. No more sickness nor pain nor sorrows ! We are praying for Phyllis, Fred,II, Ken and Terasa and their families that God will give them peace and comfort as they grève. Til we meet again Fred , we will meet you by the river. Love from your longtime friends, Berlin, Sissy (Carol) and Family.

  • Mr. Watts was my 8th grade math teacher at Ceredo-Kenova High School in 1965-66 and a wonderful math teacher he was. I went on to major in math at MU and I always believed Mr. Watts gave me a strong foundation. When he left teaching in 1966 for a job at Ashland Oil, it was a huge loss to the future students at CKHS, but he certainly made his mark as a chemist at AO. What a talented, fair, kind man he was!
    My heartfelt sympathy to all his family and friends.
    Rhonda Robinson Scragg

  • Ya’ll are in our hearts and prayers. Fred always knew how to put a smile on my face. I aleays enjoyed taljing with him hearing stories. He was truly a blessing to know. He will be missed

  • I was greatly saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. He was an exceptional man and would do anything for you. Fred hired me in 1979 and I worked for him until he retired in the late 90’s. He was my mentor and guided me through my career at Ashland during this time. He was not only my boss but an exceptional friend As well. We had countless discussions in the break room about everything imaginable. Little did I know he was grooming me to replace him when he retired. I owe my 36 year career at Ashland to Fred. He was truely one of the great managers at Ashland, and everyone wanted to be in his group. When he retired from Ashland they lost a great manager. The industry also lost a great force as Fred was extremely well known throughout the chemical industry and a great contributor in numerous areas throughout the chemistry industry. His career at Ashland is still remembered by the remaining employees that knew him. I was truly blessed to have known Fred. God bless.

  • I have many wonderful memories of being in service with Fred and Phyllis…especially a gospel sing at his church in Ohio when he brought several accapella groups from “back home” to sing. Fred always had a smile for everyone and a genuine love for his Christian brothers and sisters. I can imagine the Watts reunion that is taking place in Heaven! God bless his family with comfort and peace.

  • Thinking of the family during this difficult time. Fred was a uniquely wonderful man who was humble, loving and kind. He will be missed by many, including me.

  • Sorry and prayers to the family.. we just found out….Fred will be missed…I loved talking to him and listening to “jokes”… he always brightened our day….

  • Dear Aunt Phyllis and family – I was sad to recently learn of Uncle Fred’s passing. I will always remember him for his constant smile and sense of humor. I hope you find peace and comfort in your many memories of him. He was truly a man of faith in Christ. What a beautiful family you created together, Aunt Phyllis!

    Deepest sympathy,

    Marjorie (Ratcliff) Parenteau
    (John & Peggy’s youngest)