Franklin Delano Watts, retired barber and farmer, passed away on September 15, 2018, after a valiant battle with pulmonary fibrosis.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Ethel Watts, and his brother, Cecil Grey Watts.  He is survived by one brother, William Albert Watts (T. J.) of Keysville; two sisters, Nell Watts Burney of Clarksville and Barbara “Polly” Watts Beard of Keysville; long-time special friend, Audrey Payne of Keysville; and many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Franklin was a U.S. Navy veteran, a sixteen-year member and officer of the Keysville Ruritan Club, and a member of American Legion Post 260. His happiest moments were spent on the farm gardening, advising, and caring for his dogs and his quail preserve.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Ontario Christian Church.  The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, at the Browning-Duffer Funeral Home, Keysville,  and all other times at the home of Polly Beard, 260 Priddy Street, Keysville, Virginia.  Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home is serving the family.



Condolence Messages

  1. Robbie D. Pryor

    17 September 2018 4 years ago

    The Watts Family,
    So sorry to hear of Franklin’s
    passing. May God give you comfort and
    peace at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Robbie D. Pryor
    Glendive, Montana

  2. Betsy Newcomb Long

    17 September 2018 4 years ago

    Franklin was a grand person and he helped Gordon and I tremendously over the years. Blessings, sympathy and peace to all.

  3. Vivian Chapman

    18 September 2018 4 years ago

    So very sorry to hear of Franklin’s passing. He was a great human being. Prayers for all!

  4. Holland E, Boaz

    18 September 2018 4 years ago

    I’m so sorry to hear of Franklin’s passing. I knew him quite well as we served
    in the Keysville Ruritan Club together. He was a fine gentleman and I enjoyed his friendship very much.

  5. Melissa lacks Sherrill

    19 September 2018 4 years ago

    Me and daddy liked going to barbra shop to see franklin I loved him like a big brother and daddy and franklin were good he will be greatly missed . Great sympathy for the watts family

  6. Mike Dean

    19 September 2018 4 years ago

    I bet he is shooting quail already. Franklin was a great friend……barber…….the only difference between a good hair cut and a bad one is two days…….RIP Franklin.

  7. Jan Francisco

    28 September 2018 4 years ago

    I am so sorry to hear of Franklin’s passing. I saw in his barber chair many a time with either Franklin cutting my hair or Doug Jackson. I loved to see them, but I hated that hair cut. Franklin has been a great friend to many people in the Keysville area. He was always so visible and he always had a laugh with him. Audrey, I know you will miss him dearly. May you RIP Franklin. You will be missed. My deepest sympathies to Polly, Audrey and his family.

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