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Henry Furman Watts

April 27, 1932 - January 5, 2018

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Henry Furman Watts, Sr.

LEXINGTON - Henry Furman Watts, 85, born April 27, 1932 in Camden, South Carolina, died on Friday, January 5, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents, James Furman and Ruth Turner Watts of Camden.
After graduating from Camden High School he attended Marion Military in Alabama. In 1956 he graduated from the University of South Carolina, earning a BA, followed by his Master's in Education in 1972. At USC, he was a member of the men's tennis team and Sigma Chi fraternity, Gamma Nu Chapter. A lifelong public servant...

Henry Furman Watts, Sr.

LEXINGTON - Henry Furman Watts, 85, born April 27, 1932 in Camden, South Carolina, died on Friday, January 5, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents, James Furman and Ruth Turner Watts of Camden.
After graduating from Camden High School he attended Marion Military in Alabama. In 1956 he graduated from the University of South Carolina, earning a BA, followed by his Master's in Education in 1972. At USC, he was a member of the men's tennis team and Sigma Chi fraternity, Gamma Nu Chapter. A lifelong public servant to his beloved state, he served with Employment Security Commission in both Charleston and Beaufort, Vocational Rehabilitation Department in Columbia as Area Supervisor, Commissioner of the Commission for the Blind, and Director of Investigations with Department of Social Services. He was honored for his contributions to the State by being awarded State Employee of the Year in 1975 which was acknowledged with a Concurrent Resolution of the General Assembly, and upon retirement was presented with the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest civilian honor, by then Governor Carroll A. Campbell.
Henry was actively involved with many professional organizations to include Rotary International, the Academy in State Management at USC, volunteering for the Lexington County Mental Health Department, the Lexington County Museum and the Lexington County Mental Health Board. He was a parishioner of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Lexington. Talented in woodworking, he crafted many projects for his church, family and friends. Henry had a life-long love of history and political science and amassed a library on both the Revolutionary War and War Between the States. Through his great grandfather, Capt. Joseph J. Bell, he became a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Always an avid reader, he enjoyed conversations on most any subject, especially current affairs. His love of water led to several boats throughout his life and he especially enjoyed visiting Lake Wateree, Lake Murray, and the SC coast.
Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Martha Brooker Watts; son, Henry F. Watts, Jr. (Darcy) of Atlanta, Ga., step-son, Walker S. Russell, Jr. (Ledra) of St. Simons Island, Ga., and two adored grandchildren, James S. and Dylan A. Watts.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington, SC on Friday, January 12th at 2:00 p.m. followed by burial at the church cemetery. The family will greet friends in the Fellowship Hall after the service. Caughman Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Alban's Episcopal Church Altar Guild or to Lexington Interfaith Community Services, www.licssc.org