Obituary for James Ralph Watts, Sr.
James Ralph Watts, Sr., known as Ralph, passed away Jan 31, 2022. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Wilford and Mae Belle Watts; in-laws, Leon and Ruth Hilton; his sister, Bobbie Jean Watts; and his beloved wife, Shelley. Surviving are his children, Cindy Scheurer, Jody (Brenda) Watts, Becky (Steve) Conlon, and Melissa (Mark) Torp; 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was a man with a big heart and many words. He is very loved by his family and will be missed immensely. Ralph was an avid fan of NASCAR, college sports, westerns and old school country. He was born in Nichols, SC on April 14, 1937. After graduating from Green Sea High School, he served his country in the US Navy submarine service where he assisted in the blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After moving to Michigan, he was employed by Spartan Drywall for 30+ years before his “retirement”. The family will receive visitors from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at the Lehman Funeral Home, 210 E. Bridge Street, Portland, MI 48875. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, February 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. also at the Lehman Funeral home, followed by interment in Portland Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 4090. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.