Fallen Hero: Retired Staff Sergeant Ronny Gene Watts


Funeral Home

Brookhaven Funeral Home

Brookhaven, MS


Wednesday, June 19, 2024, Brookhaven Funeral Home, 9-10:30 AM


Graveside service and burial, Matthews Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Wesson, MS.


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary:

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”.

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on June 15, 2024 and has moved on to his heavenly home.  Retired Staff Sergeant Ronny Gene Watts, age 82, who had served within the MSARNG in the 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

January 2, 1942 – June 15, 2024

A visitation for Mr. Ronny Gene Watts will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at Brookhaven Funeral Home from 9:00 AM till 10:30 AM with burial to follow in the Matthews Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery in Wesson, MS. Bro. Carl Smith will be officiating the graveside services with Brookhaven Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ronny Gene Watts, 82, of Wesson, MS, passed from this life on Saturday, June 15, 2024, peacefully at his residence. He was born on January 2, 1942 in Franklin County, MS to Pearlie and Elizabeth Watts. Ronny was a graduate of West Lincoln High School and was retired from Texas Eastern after working over 35 years. He had a great love for playing music and being with his grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Pearlie and Elizabeth Watts; his wife Jeanette Smith Watts along with his older sister Patricia Case and younger sister Shelia Walker.

Survivors are his sons Brad Watts and wife Wendy of Wesson, MS and Blake Watts and wife Christina of Wesson, MS; his four grandchildren, Will, Whitney, Avery Anna and Collin Watts; along with a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers are Brad Watts, Blake Watts, Collin Watts and Will Watts.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of King Daughters Medical Center.

Ronny was always a faithful supporter of St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678, so the family asks that any memorials be sent there.