Paula LaVonne Watts, 80, taught with Cumberland County Schools for 26 years

Paula LaVonne Watts

SOUTHPORT — Paula LaVonne Watts, 80, passed away Friday, July 30, 2021. LaVonne was born Sept. 23, 1940, in Maury, daughter of the late Preston and Esther Williams.

LaVonne was a devout Christian and faithful member of First Baptist Church of Hope Mills for over 40 years. She taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and was active in G.A.s and missions. Mrs. Watts taught in the Cumberland County school system for 26 years. LaVonne was a dedicated coaches wife, supporting her husband’s coaching career for nearly 60 years. She will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and aunt to many. Although she lived in Hope Mills most of her life, her heart was always in Southport with her extended family. Her family takes great peace in knowing that LaVonne is home with her Savior.

In addition to her parents, LaVonne was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Williams.

Survivors include her husband, J. Douglas Watts; three children, Jerry Douglas “Chip” Watts Jr., and his wife, Robin, Paula Watts May, and her husband, Andrew, and Allison Watts Heyrman, and her husband, Eric; five grandchildren, Justin McGee, and his wife, Katelynn, Jordan Kasal, and her husband, Brian, Courtney Watts, Blake Heyrman and Erin Heyrman; six great-grandchildren, Kamryn, Cooper, Zoe, Cade, Colt and Lincoln; brother, Preston Jamie Williams; sister, Esther Marie Boyd; aunt, Christine Moye; and cousin, Elaine Woodman.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Will Harrison officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

Share online condolences with the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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