On May 22,1960 the late Dehemerise Harris and James Earl Watts, Sr. were blessed with their sixth born son Jesse Norris Watts in Bogalusa, Louisiana. "Pete" as he was affectionately known by family and friends. His Houston family and friends knew him as "Mississippi."
Jesse spent most of his years in Mississippi, Louisiana and graduated from William B. Murrah High School. He enjoyed playing football as a young man with his long life friends Delria Howard and Ronnie Copper. He worked for a bricking company but later went to school for truck driving. Growing up Jesse always had a passion for 18 Wheeler Trucks.
He was a hard dedicated worker on any job he had. Jesse drove trucks for over 40 years until his health wouldn't allow him to anymore. Jesse was a devoted father to his two children, Jesse Watts, Jr. and Latonya Watts. Jesse later relocated to Houston, Texas where he met his wife Diane Johnson Watts. They had 40 years of a wonderful marriage from the day they meet and they were inseparable. Diane stood by his side and supported him in everything he wanted to accomplish, and was by his side until the very end. Jesse later in life joined Southpark Baptist Church.
Jesse's warm spirit and outgoing nature attracted everyone that knew him and will be missed by many both young and old.
Jesse made his final transition from this earthly life on February 20, 2020.
Jesse was preceded in death by his mother, Dehemerise Harris; father, James Earl Watts, Sr.; brothers, Frederick Watts, Terry Watts and Dale Watts; sister, Debbie Lynn Ford and brother-in-law, Willie Johnson, Jr.
Jesse leaves to forever cherish his memories; his wife, Diane Johnson Watts, two children, Jesse Watts, Jr. (Ladonna) Latonya Watts-Smith (Michael); three brothers, James Watts (Elise) Wayne Watts, Larry Earl Watts; sisters-in-law, Debbie Watts and Pat Watts; brother-in-law, Johnel Johnson; two sisters, Francis Henry and Tony Watts; nieces, Tracy Henry, Monica Henry, Shonda Watts, Semiaah Watts, Cookie and Sha Harris. Nephews Tamajai Watts, Jamgon Watts, James Earl Watts III, Willie Ford, Ronnie Ford, Moses Smith, Bobby Watts and Nico Watts; lovely grandkids, Jesse Watts III, Somoria Watts, Jay Watts (Bailey), Jacqueline McNair, MyKel McNair, Andrea, Andrew, Michael Smith, Jr. and Samaya; close friends, Raymond Nicholas, Russell Smith, Randy, Norde, Mathew, Lisa and Creade Williams, Johnny Jackob, George Bell, Derrick Rumph, Donald Davis, Agnes Davis, Shirley Wilson, Shirley Vanburen, Wynon Moore and George Bell; lifelong friends, Evelyn Hodge (God Daughter) Lydia Wilkins, Debbera Broussard, Fitch Harris, Delria Howard and Ronnie Cooper; God mother, Clara McBride, and neighbor who was like a play mother Daisy Ross, Debra Dickson, Ruth Newton, AL Blackmon, Kim Woodard, Michael Wooten (Soda Water), Craig Wooten, Jerry Wooten, John Dickson, Clyde Ryan, Vincent Perkins, Pearlie Hodge, Angie Morrisette, Sharon Williams, Kenneth Stevenson, Jan Andersen, Connie Jones, Ingrid Gary, Iquetta Jacquett, Wylona Williams, Tonya Alexander, Willie Culley, Willie Sanders, Joe and Sandra Taylor, Tamara Caldwell, Cynthia Hudson and Alfred Elder.
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