A funeral service to celebrate the life of Patricia Plyler Watts, 79, of Camden, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 17, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Camden with a reception immediately following in the church Fellowship Hall. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 PM, Friday, January 16, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.
Patricia Plyler Watts, wife of James Bailey Watts, died Tuesday, January 13, 2015. She was born in Lancaster, SC, the daughter of the late Eugene P. Plyler and Mary Lowry Plyler. Pat received her Undergraduate degree from Limestone College, her Master’s degree at Winthrop University and an Honorary Doctorate degree at Limestone College. She taught school 11 years and owned and operated Camp Interlaken, a private summer camp for girls. Pat served 11 years on the Lewisville, Texas School Board and founded and organized Lewisville Education Foundation and served as the 1st Chairman. She won Female Citizen of the Year (1991) of the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce and served on the Texas State Board of Cancer and as Chairman of Special Events. Pat was past Chairman of Cultural Arts of Lewisville, TX and served as 1st Woman Chairman of Trustees of the Lewisville Methodist Church. She taught Sunday school at Lewisville Methodist, First Baptist in Lewisville and First Baptist Church in Camden, SC. She served as State Chairman of the Junior Women’s Clubs of S.C, and served as Treasurer of Children’s Trust Fund of S.C. (Governor appointed). Pat spent many years as Trustee of Limestone College and was appointed Trustee Emeritus. She was Alumni of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year of Limestone College. Patricia chaired a $4.8 million fundraiser for restoration of Winnie Davis Hall, organized and chaired the first Fine Arts Gala at the Camden Fine Arts Center and served on the Board of Fine Arts of Kershaw County and Vice Chairman on the committee for fundraiser for the Performing Arts Center of Kershaw Fine Arts. She chaired the restoration of the Joseph Kershaw Tomb and served on the fundraisers for the Free Medical Clinic and for several political figures. Pat was Regent of Hobkirk Hill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and a delegate to the National D.A.R. in Washington. A Performing Arts Wing at the Fine Arts is named for Jim and Pat Watts.
Pat is survived by her husband, James Bailey Watts of Camden; daughter, Lisa Taylor Milovanovic (Rocky) of Sanibel, FL; sons, James B. Watts II (Darla) of Jefferson, SC, Charles Elliott Watts (Rheta) of Corinth, TX and Michael Brasington Watts of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Bailey Renee Watts, David Watts, Sawyer Watts, Andrew Turner, Nikole Hilton, Amanda Turner and Krystal Stoner; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Sylvia Plyler and Elizabeth Watts; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides her parents, Pat was predeceased by her brother, Lowry Keith Plyler of Lancaster, SC.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the Watts family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.