Richard (Big Red) McKinley Watts died on November 29, 2023at the age of 70 peacefully at his home.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents Nick and ZolenaWatts. He is survived by his siblings Jeanette Moody, Tommy Watts(Rebecca), Greg Watts(Anne), Deborah Watts and 3 generations of nieces and nephews.
Professionally, he served in the Army and acquired a Criminal Justice degree. Richard also owned Oddities & Such, a used furniture, antique, and miscellaneous store in Carrboro for over 30 years.
His regular routine included going to auctions weekly and working in the store with his brother Tommy. Auctions were both business and pleasure since had friends wherever he wentand they knew him by his second nickname “Chapel Hill”. Anyone that entered the store not only could find an interesting treasure but they would also get to hear fascinating stories that included local historical information or childhood adventures with his brother Greg and their friends growing up in Carrboro.
Richard was also especially fond of animals. He found and rescued numerous dogs and cats over the years and even wild animals found shelter near him.
Family gatherings were also very enjoyable with Richard. His stories, play time, and conversations were always entertainingand full of surprises. We called him our gentle giant; he never knew a stranger and was always generous. Richard had a strong faith in Jesus and he will be missed until we see him again in heaven.
The family will have visitation on Thursday, December 7, 2023 from 1-2 at Walker’s Funeral Home in Chapel Hill followed by a graveside service beginning at 2:30 at Westwood Cemetery in Carrboro. All are invited who are able to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Vets to Vets United, Inc. in Durham which provides companion dogs for veterans.