Former Letcher County Judge/ Executive Ruben Watts, 87, died February 15 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital
A son of the late Gobel and Georgeann Watts, he was born in Letcher County. He was a brother of the late Shelby Gene Watts.
Watts was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a teacher, principal and administrator in the Letcher County School System. He was sheriff of Letcher County from 1973 to 1977, and worked for the Department of Labor from 1978 to 1980 before being elected county judge/executive, an office which he held for 12 years.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Jo Collins Watts, Blackey; a son, Michael Ruben Watts and wife Donna, Roxana; three daughters, Claudia Kyle Godbey and husband Michael, Nicholasville, Nola Yvonne Caudill and husband Jerome, Blackey, and Gwenda Sue Day and husband Tommy, Fredonia; three brothers, Franklin Watts, Alexandria, Curtis Watts, Hallie, and Bernard Watts, Blackey; three sisters, Loraine Caudill, Georgetown, Artha Mae Williams, Blackey, and Mary Blair, Dayton, Ohio; five grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held February 18 at Everidge Funeral Home. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine.