Edward Watts, was born April 20, 1923 in Grenada, Miss., to Archie (Lucky) Watts and Corrine (Chalky) Ford, who preceded him in death. He was the youngest of 10 siblings which eight preceded him in death.
He later relocated to Detroit, where he lived with his eldest sister, Annie Lee Eberhart, whom he loved dearly. He met and fell in love with Athal Wisner upon his arrival. They were joined in Holy Matrimony on June 19, 1949 at Second Baptist Church. To this union, three children were born: Tony, Alicia and Nanette. He later accepted Christ at Second Baptist Church where he faithfully served as an usher. He also was a mobile store owner.
Ed Watts became employed by the city of Detroit Department of Sanitation for 32 years. He eventually became an owner of his own dump truck, which he continued to do until his death. He also did various things on his own, where he took care of the needs of others.
He was affectionately known as “Eddie, Ed, Watts, The Peanut Man, The Chicken Man, The Hustling Man, The Sausage Man” and more, Eddie had a big heart. He always collected money for the less fortunate, such as the Hurricane Katrina victims, and the earthquake victims in Haiti and mostly local families in need. He provided food for people when they were hungry, cold drinks when they were thirsty, newspapers for them to read and much more. His beautiful, loving and humorous personality was an added commodity. Everyone loved him dearly and he loved back.
On Dec. 5, 2011, the Lord saw the need to call Ed to his heavenly home, where he will reunite with his wife, Athal, who proceeded him in death.
Edward leaves to cherish his memory three children; Tony (Sheila) Watts, Alicia Watts and Nanette Watts; one sister Connie Mae Mardis; one sister-in-law Norvell Wilson (Peter) of Simi Valley, California; four grandchildren, Laryon, Larkisha, Nashon, Nasha; three great-grandchildren, Amaria, Ameir and Jalen; a host of nieces, nephews relatives and friends.