Jeffrey "Jeff" Allen Watts

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on January 31, 1974

Departed on December 17, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, Tennessee

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Jeffrey “Jeff” Allen Watts passed away unexpectedly on December 17, 2016. His forty-two years on this earth were spent making a difference each and every day.

He will forever live on in our memory as the outgoing, helpful, caring, giving, and humorous man he was. Jeff’s love knew no bounds and we all can attest to the way that love touched us. He shared a special closeness with his parents, being only a phone call away, talking about anything and everything. “Jeff was the funnest person I’ve ever met…he’d crack you up,” his dad recalls. “He was a lot smarter than he thought he was.” A humble and simple man who cared greatly for others, he never met a stranger and kept in touch with all the folks he went to school with over the years.

Although a professional in veterinary care, Jeff didn’t always have a deep-seated love for animals. It developed after high school when he and his family moved from Hendersonville up to Gallatin. Moving meant having a proper yard for pets, and Jeff’s parents bought two Labrador Retrievers, one for Jeff and one for his brother Andy. From that point forward his love for dogs, cats, and everything in between blossomed.

For over twenty years Jeff dedicated himself to his work and ministry at McMillan Veterinary Clinic in Gallatin. “His care and love of animals was unmatched,” according to his brother Andy. “He always had a smile and he was ready with a hug when you needed it most,” his work family recalls. “Jeff never said ‘no’ to any task,” they remember, and his work ethic was an inspiration. In fact, Jeff so loved his work and those with whom he worked that he rarely ever took vacation time. It wasn’t just a paycheck to Jeff; it was his life.

It’s not hard to understand that Jeff impacted everyone with whom he came into contact. His friendly and giving spirit caused his neighbors to love and look out for him. The fact that he was selfless was perhaps the reason why people were so drawn to him. He made time for and cared greatly for those he knew, no matter where or how the acquaintance was made.

In his spare time, Jeff enjoyed getting out of the house and going on walks, especially at Moss-Wright Park in Goodlettsville. He enjoyed watching college football and listening to music. His tastes were for alternative and metal rock among other genres, with Deftones being his all-time favorite band. Jeff also enjoyed food like everyone else on the planet, but his favorites included Moore’s Hot Chicken and just about anything his mom cooked. He especially loved her cornbread dressing and would wash it all down with a tall glass of sweet tea.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his mentor who was like a second father, Dr. Jerry McMillan. Jeff leaves behind those he loved most in this world; his loving parents, James and Elizabeth Watts; brother, Andy (Vivian) Watts; nephew, Seann Watts; niece, Vianna Watts; many other extended family members; his life-long friend, Tony Swindle; his work family from McMillan Veterinary Clinic of Gallatin; cherished neighbors of Hickory Village Condominiums; countless treasured friends; and his beloved canine companion, Penny.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeff’s honor to The Jeff Watts Memorial Fund. All donations may be sent directly to Sumner Bank and Trust, 240 West Broadway, Gallatin, TN 37066. Please be sure to make your checks payable to The Jeff Watts Memorial Fund. Through an alliance with McMillan Veterinary Clinic, all proceeds of the memorial fund will be used to assist pets in need of proper care to honor Jeff and his love of animals.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and again on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. A Celebration of Jeff’s Life will be held following visitation on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the Garden of Prayer of Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

16 Comments to Jeffrey "Jeff" Allen Watts

  1. Michael Woodall
    December 18, 2016 8:55 pm

    Will miss ya buddy. It’s been a pleasure, and I look forward to seeing you again and having some laughs like the past ones. RIP. God Speed.

  2. Carolyn Graves
    December 18, 2016 10:36 pm

    Will miss you so much will miss your smile and sense of humor. Bowser will miss you when he comes to be boarded. RIP

  3. Julia & Jerry Roberts
    December 19, 2016 8:25 am

    Jeff, we will miss you so very much. Our girls loved you and so did we. You were a very fine man. Rest In Peace Jeff.

  4. Alison Leneski
    December 19, 2016 10:16 am

    Men like Jeff are a rarity. Rarely do you meet someone who so wanted to make other people happy. He genuinely gained his best happiness from other people’s happiness, especially if he could contribute to it. There will remain a hole that only he can fill here on Earth, but oh…. Heaven has gained one of the best souls ever in creation. Rest easy, love.

  5. Jr
    December 19, 2016 5:37 pm

    Thank you Jeff for your friendship.

  6. Anne Doris
    December 19, 2016 7:11 pm

    Jeff, I will miss your sweet smile and seeing you at the office. Always helping me in and out with P.J. Daisy and Sassy. You always seemed to love with your whole heart. I will never forget you .

  7. Jim & Cheryl Brown
    December 19, 2016 7:53 pm

    Jeff, we are sadden you are gone, but all those pets you took care of over the years that are in Heaven are overjoyed you are with them now. As for those that are still here on earth it will not be the same with you gone. You will be sorely missed!! Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family and everyone at McMillan Veterinary Clinic.

    Jim & Cheryl Brown
    Davenport, Fl.

  8. Sue Graybill
    December 19, 2016 9:24 pm

    Jeff, it is with a heavy heart that I am writing this, you are going to be missed so very much! The love and care you gave our fur babies came from the biggest heart I have ever encountered, and they, as well as all of us loved and appreciated you so much. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the MVC family. RIP Jeff, Gone but not forgotten!

  9. Rhoda A Fagan
    December 20, 2016 5:53 pm

    Jeff was always cheerful and never failed to make me laugh at McMillan’s. I feel blessed to have known him.

  10. Betty McDonald
    December 21, 2016 10:12 am

    A Giant personality with a Servant’s heart.

  11. Tom & Sherrie Sorrells
    December 21, 2016 11:44 am

    You have a such a big heart and you always took care of Bigfoot, Charlie and Lucy with as much care as we would. You will always be remembered by your loving care for the animals, that big smile and you sense of humor. Thank you for taking such good care of our pets.

  12. Judy Mills
    December 21, 2016 8:01 pm

    Buzz Liz and Andy, I was so deeply sadden to hear about Your great loss. Our only comfort is knowing that one day we will see them again in heaven. Prayers are with all of you ! The Mills Family Judy David and Cheryl

  13. Tricia Kell Orme
    December 27, 2016 1:40 pm

    I have just found about your loss and I am deeply saddened that the world has lost such a beautiful soul! Until we meet again.

  14. Ricky and charlene
    January 2, 2017 11:29 pm

    We r deeply saddened to hear of Jeffs passing. We knew him from moss rite park & thought So much of him! He always made us laugh. He was a wonderful special person. We r praying for comfort and peace. Ricky and Charlene

  15. Cindy Barth & Bodi
    January 30, 2017 12:48 pm

    I was so shocked to hear that Jeff had passed away. He was our bassett hound, Bodi’s groomer. I called today for an appointment for bath with Jeff and was told about his passing. Jeff was the only groomer ever that Bodi loved so much. It will never be the same. RIP Jeff, forever & always in our hearts..

  16. Pam Ken & "Ginger" Tucker
    April 6, 2017 10:21 am

    My husband Ken and I are so sorry to just now find out about Jeff’s passing. One of her “usual” bath visits is the week before Christmas so she looks like giant snowball for Christmas pictures but last year she was such a good girl and didn’t get dirty before hand so we never got to see Jeff before Christmas. I will always be sad that we didn’t take her in anyway. He has been our dog Ginger’s “first love” every since we got her in 2004 and took her for her first visit to McMillian and she met Jeff. He always laughed about how long it took to brush her out and how many walmart bags of fur he ended up with lol. I have never seen a dog so happy to go to the vet because she knew she knew no matter why she was going, she would always end up seeing her favorite person Jeff and get a bath lol. He was “always” in such a happy mood even if he was fussing about something and it was so contagious. We will greatly miss our friend and the way he took such loving care of our Ginger. I don’t think she will have the same reaction at McMillians on the 14th when we take her for a bath and Jeff isn’t there to greet her 🙁

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