Alice Miller Watts, 85, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.
Born June 17, 1933 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Eslie L. Miller and ArdieMae Sigmon Miller.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Blake Lanier Watts; two brothers: Eslie Miller and Johnny Miller.
Mrs. Watts was a graduate of Claremont Central High School and the Woman’s College (now UNCG). She taught 30 years at College Park Jr. High School and Hickory High School, where she was head of the Math Department and also coached the HHS Quiz Bowl.
After her retirement Alice volunteered at Catawba Regional Hospice and at First Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the Church Session. Alice also volunteered at the Hickory Public Library, Hickory Science Center and the Hickory Landmarks Society. However, Alice’s greatest pride was in being the wife of Blake Watts who lovingly referred to her as “Sweet Alice” and in being the mother of their two sons. Their marriage was truly a lesson in harmony and devotion. “Sweet Alice” was also a lesson in love as she truly adored her family, friends, students, and the Hickory Community. She will be remembered for her beauty, her kindness and her deep capacity to love which was evident in every day of her life. She will be deeply missed by all.
She is survived by her sons: Blake L. “Bee” Watts, Jr. and wife Lisa of Hickory, Reid A. Watts and wife Cindy of Lenoir; sister, Mary Virginia Scarborough of Charleston, SC; and grandchildren: Duncan, Tristan and Liam Watts, all of Hickory.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church in Hickory with the Rev. Whit Malone officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her honor to First Presbyterian Church, 237 2nd St., NW, Hickory, NC 28601 or Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Alice Miller Watts and on-line condolences may be sent to www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.
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