A native of Macon County, she resided in Birmingham, Ala., for 40 years with her husband and two sons, returning to Hickory Knoll in 1985 for retirement. She was the daughter of the late Lawrence S. and Gorda Stiles Penland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her husband, Willard Watts, who died in 1991; and two brothers, Billy G. Penland and Hoyt R. Penland.
Virginia served her country during World War II, working on naval ships in both Newport, Va., and Vallejo, Calif., where she met her husband. Virginia enjoyed flower gardening, feeding the hummingbirds from her front porch and making the best cornbread anyone could ask for. She was a member of Prentiss Church of God.
She is survived by: two sons, Stephen Watts of Birmingham and Christopher Watts of Lawrenceville; two grandchildren, Blake W. Watts and Joel P. Watts; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Wednesday at Macon Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Moffitt officiating. Burial followed in Rush Cemetery.
Macon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at maconfuneralhome.com.
The Clayton Tribune, June 7, 2012