Susan "Susie" Johnson Watts



LANCASTER, SC ~ Mrs. Susan “Susie” Johnson Watts, age 55, died Monday, July 10, 2017 at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill. She was born February 23, 1962 in Lancaster, a daughter of Rev. Thurmond Johnson and Milbry West Johnson and was the wife of James Horace Watts, Jr. Mrs. Watts was a 1979 graduate of Central High School and attended Winthrop University. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from USC and her Masters of Accounting Degree from Liberty University. She played and coached softball, was an avid reader, loved gardening, antique and consignment shopping, buying fish for her aquarium, but her greatest love was her friends, family and especially her grandchildren. She had a very giving heart, was a great wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and sister. She enjoyed and had a passion for teaching people about Christ, was a Sunday School teacher at Antioch Baptist Church and Springhill Baptist Church and was a member of Eastside Baptist Church.

Mrs. Watts is survived by her husband, James Horace Watts, Jr.; her parents, Rev. Thurmond and Milbry Johnson; her children, Mitchell Catoe (Kelsey) of Nashville, TN, Anna Catoe Thames (Trey) of Charlotte, NC; Chance Watts, Brandy Watts and Tripp Watts (Savannah) all of Lancaster; a sister, Monica Johnson Carithers (Mark) of Greenville, SC; eight grandchildren, Callie, Brody, and Nash Catoe; Calli, Oliver, and Grayson Thames, and Bentley and Neely Watts; niece and nephew, Madison and Mason Carithers; and a special cousin, Justin Robinson.

The Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Watts will be 2:00 pm Thursday, July 13, 2017 at The Chapel of Burgess Funeral Home by Rev. Thurmond Johnson and Dr. Steve Stewart.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 1:45 pm at the funeral home and other times at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Johnson. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at

Burgess Funeral Home & Crematory of Lancaster, SC is caring for the family of Mrs. Watts.