The Obit For Bill Watts

William Frederick "Bill" Watts

Published in The Courier-Journal from April 20 to April 22, 2012

WATTS, WILLIAM "BILL," FREDERICK, 78, of Louisville, passed away April 18, 2012 at Baptist Hospital Northeast.

He was born on May 25, 1933 to the late Leslie and Inez Hendricks Watts.

Bill was a 1951 graduate of Manual High School. He signed to play professional baseball where he spent five years in the minor leagues. He attended Bethel University in McKenzie, TN from 1956-1957 where he met the love of his life, Patricia Hogan, and they were married in 1958. He continued his degree at the University of Memphis where he graduated in 1963.

Throughout his career, he taught at Ahrens High School from 1963 -1980, where he coached wrestling, cross country and baseball; Louisville Male High School from 1980 until his retirement in 1996, where he was head baseball coach until he resigned in 1995. He was inducted into Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999 and was adopted as Male High Alumni and inducted into Male High School Hall of Fame. He was a Kentucky Colonel and was presented by the mayor of Louisville a Key to the City. His number was retired at Male High School when he retired from coaching. Bill also loved to umpire softball and youth leagues from Camp Taylor, Germantown and Jewish Community Center.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Fredda Lynn Watts; and a grandson, Matthew Hogan Boehnlein.

He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Hogan Watts from Union City, TN; two children, Glenn Watts of Hong Kong and Lisa Boehnlein, married to Bob Boehnlein; two grandchildren, Madelyne Collier and Andrew Harris Boehnlein; and three siblings, Gary (Clara) Watts, Betty Bottorff and Judy (Mike) Frey.

A celebration of his life will be conducted at noon on Monday, April, 23, 2012 at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home and from 10 until service time on Monday.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to Flags for Vets or Bethel University.