Reacy Henderson Watt was born March 7, 1951. He is the youngest of the eleven children born to the late Reacy Hawkins and Cora Bell Matthews Watt in Carroll County, Mississippi. His siblings, James Melvin, Mary Louise, Merdean, Ocie DeLouis, William Jennings, Henry Douglas and Martin Luther preceded him in death.
The heart of Reacy was stolen by Sallie Mae Wheeler wearing a red dress at a Christmas Parade. He smoothly approached her and that was the beginning of a 53 year courtship and marriage. During the marriage, four children were born: Steven L. Watt, Diana Watt, Kendrick Watt and Nina Watt.
Reacy Watt’s formal education was done at Marshall High School in North Carrollton, Mississippi. It was in the summer of 1971 that he relocated to Illinois to begin a new chapter in his life. Reacy was employed at Harris and J & F Steel Company of Chicago, Illinois for many years. He proudly held a union steward position at J & F Steel for 5 years. Reacy was a master of ALL trades. If it was broke, he was fixing it. After many years in Illinois he decided to return home to McCarley Mississippi to enjoy a warmer climate. Also, he wanted to be close to one of his best friends, Leroy Dukes.
Reacy confessed his life to Christ at The Disciples Church of God In Christ in Harvey, IL. Reverend Martin Luther Watt was his Pastor, where he appointed him a Deacon and he also held a position on the finance committee.
Reacy Henderson Watt departed his life on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 11:41 pm, in the comfort of his home in McCarley, Mississippi surrounded by his wife and eldest daughter. His farewell message was, “Continue to make me proud.” Reacy leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife, Sallie Mae Watt, two sons: Steven (Jeneen) Watt and Kendrick (Nikki) Watt and two daughters: Diana and Nina Watt of Illinois; One son: Juan (Tasha) Jones of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grand children; three sisters: Lovie Watt Ingram of Palestine, AR, Altha Watt Hobbs of Dallas, TX, and Eunice Watt Dezell of Memphis, TN; six sisters -in -law, and two brothers-in-law; a special fury friend, Scrappy a.k.a “Hey Boy”. Fond memories will also be forever etched in the hearts of a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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