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James L. “Bud” Watts

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Mr. James L. “Bud” Watts of Nashville, departed this life at his residence in Nashville on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 8:04 PM. He had attained the age of 90 years, 11 months and 14 days.

Mr. Watts was born on October 13, 1925 in Nashville, the son of James Albert and Ruth (Bernreuter) Watts. He was united in marriage to Imogene Decker on October 31, 1948 and she survives his passing.

Bud served in the United States Navy on a submarine in the Pacific during World War II. When the war ended Bud returned to Nashville and began farming. He and Imogene built a successful business which their son Tom continued in later years. Bud was one of the first farmers in southern Illinois to no-till soybeans directly into wheat stubble. He loved farming, fishing and hunting.

Bud was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Nashville. He was active in school boards and contributed to many community projects over the years.

He is survived by a sister, Joan Huffman and husband William of Carbondale; three sons, Bill Watts of Nashville, Tom Watts and wife Kathy of Nashville and Eric Watts and wife Eve of Omaha, Neb., nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Phil Carson officiating.

A private graveside service will be held at Vernor Cemetery in Nashville. Military graveside rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 110.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Legion Post #110 of Nashville and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home, who is assisting the family with arrangements.

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