Helen “Paulette” Watts

Published 12:46 pm Monday, April 3, 2023

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“Therefore you have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” John 16:22.
Helen “Paulette” Watts, 72, of Unicoi, crossed over Jordan to sing with the angels Saturday, April 1, 2023, after passing away unexpectedly at Johnson City Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Deeston and Bernice Braswell.
Paulette retired from the Unicoi County School System after 20 plus years of service. She was a lifelong, devout Christian of the Freewill Baptist faith. Her favorite activities included growing dazzling flowers of all kinds, shopping until her daughter couldn’t shop anymore at her favorite outlets in Boone, Pigeon Forge and Asheville, preparing amazing foods for her family to enjoy, especially meatloaf, roast, deviled eggs, and her fresh garden corn, canning foods from the garden with her husband, singing religious and Christmas songs with her granddaughter, especially in the car, going out to eat and taking road trips with her daughter and son-in-law because she never knew where she would end up, and most of all spending time with her family. In the ’90s Paulette was part of the Heavenly Echoes singing group made up of some of her best friends, Charlotte Clark and Carol McKinney. She was a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandma.
Helen Paulette Watts leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband, Daniel Steve Watts of Unicoi; her daughter, Stephanie Paulins and husband Jeremy of Unicoi; granddaughter, Caitlin Paulins of Unicoi; great-aunt, Phyllis Kirkpatrick of Elizabethton; many cousins, brother and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, a special friend since elementary school, Darlene Price, and her beloved cat Molly. The family will greatly miss her and a void will be there forever. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.
Funeral services for Paulette will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Valley Funeral Home, 1045 N. Main Avenue, with Rev. Dexter Brummitt officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until the service hour. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Evergreen Cemetery, Erwin. Pallbearers will include family and friends. The family wants to especially thank everyone who poured out their love through prayers, calls and visits. Family and friends are welcome to call and visit at any time to offer condolences. Condolences may also be made online at www.wadugger.com.
Arrangements by Woodall-Anderson and Dugger Funeral Home, 108 Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 928-2245.

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