Charles R. Watts Jr. was born to Charles R. Watts Sr. and the late Esther Jewell (née Williams) on Aug. 24, 1942, in Baltimore. He was the oldest of four children. He departed this world on May 30 after a brief illness.
Charles was educated in Baltimore City public schools and graduated from Douglass High School in 1961. He attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (formerly Maryland State College) and Morgan State College (now a university.) While attending Morgan, he married his high school sweetheart, Sheila A. Reynolds. They were married July 17, 1964. From this union three daughters were born.
Early in his childhood, Charles was baptized at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Baltimore. He later converted to Catholicism after the birth of this daughters. He was a practicing Catholic, attending St. Mary of the Mill in Laurel, Md., until his health prevented him from attending.
Charles worked for the Baltimore City Housing Department as a housing inspector. He later developed an entrepreneurial interest which included proprietorships with Gulf Oil. He recevied a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop, recruit and implement a training porgram at the University of Scranton. This position allowed him to travel around the country. He relocated to Denver, Colo., where he was a subcontractor to Mile High Cable Company, which he later expanded to Orlando, Fla., and Boston, Mass. In the mid 1980s, Charles returned to Baltimore and started A.C.S.I. Utilities, an asbestos abatement company. Just prior to retirement, he worked for the Howard County Transit System.
Charles pledged on the first line of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity at Morgan State. He was also very devoted to his family and donated a kidney to his mother in 1980.
He leaves to cherish his memory three daughers, Sheila “Randi” Watts, Charlyn “Charlie” Chandler and Sonia R. Watts; two son-in-laws, Arthur T. Chandler and Ernest Okonkwo; former wife and lifetime friend Sheila R. Watts; father Charles R. Watts Sr. and wife Wilhelmina Watts; six grandchildren; sister Gwendolyn Watts, F. Bernard Watts and Wayne Watts; and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
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