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Leo Joseph Watts

March 31, 1947 — February 5, 2021

AIKEN, SC – LEO JOSEPH WATTS, 73, beloved husband of Sylvia Edwards Watts, passed away Friday, February 5, 2021 at University Hospital, Augusta, GA.

      A native of Lancaster, PA, Leo was a son of the late Harry Leo and Lucille Hartman Watts.  He grew up in Columbia, PA and graduated from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, PA.  Leo lived in Aiken since 1976 and was active in his community coaching Little League and Pony League Baseball as well as church league basketball. He worked in management in several manufacturing companies in the Aiken area, starting with Therm-O-Disc which then became ASCO, a division of Emerson Electric.  He later worked for and retired from E-Z-Go in Augusta.  Leo was a former member of Aiken’s First Baptist and Millbrook Baptist Churches where he served as a Sunday School Teacher and deacon.  He was currently an active member of Talatha Baptist Church where he was a member of the diaconate.  Leo was a volunteer with Christ Central.  He was an avid Clemson fan and a die-hard Philadelphia Phillies fan.

     Surviving, in addition to his wife, Sylvia, are two sons, Leo Joseph Watts II (Susan), Charlotte, NC, Joseph Stephen “Joey” Watts (Mandy), Fountain Inn, SC; six grandchildren, Andrew Watts, Samantha Watts, Brooke Watts, Maddie Davidson (Logan), Will Watts and Ben Watts.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister, Paul and Mary Ellen Watts.

     A memorial service will be held Thursday afternoon, February 11th at 2 o’clock at Talatha Baptist Church with The Revs. Jordan Bird and Dr. Henry L. Chennault officiating.  The service will be livestreamed on the Shellhouse-Rivers Facebook page at

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Talatha Baptist Church, 361 Talatha Church Rd., Aiken, SC 29803.


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