LISD grieves loss of beloved bus driver Robert “Bob” Watts

LISD grieves loss of beloved bus driver Robert “Bob” Watts
Posted on 10/27/2017
Robert "Bob" Watts

LISD grieves loss of beloved bus driver Robert “Bob” Watts

Lockhart ISD learned of the passing of Robert “Bob” Watts, a beloved bus driver widely known for his genuine enthusiasm for supporting our students. He was 67 years old.

Although Watts was not a native of Lockhart, anyone wouldn’t have been able to guess it by the deep devotion he had to our students.

This year, he was the driver assigned to route 18, which served Bluebonnet and Clear Fork Elementary Schools as well as Lockhart High School. Additionally, he drove bus routes for LISD student athletes, frequently driving the softball and volleyball teams. He also worked at the Lions football games.

Executive Director of Athletics and UIL Activities Sheila Henderson shared, “He’d get off the bus and cheer our teams on, encouraging and rooting for them. He always had a smile and was ready to go--he truly had a servant’s heart.”

“Mr. Watts was a great example of someone who loved what he did, and it showed. We will greatly miss him,” said Student Transportation Services (STS) General Manager Jose Sanchez-Hernandez.

STS will hold a memoriam for Watts Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. at 401 Carver Street. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

Read the statement from Watts’ family below.

Robert “Bob” Landrum Watts

Born in Atlanta, GA June 13, 1950 he was adopted by Hugh and Ruth Watts. Robert spent most of his life in and around the Atlanta area.

Following childhood, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic before becoming a land developer. While the majority of his life was spent working in construction and real estate, what he found the most joy in was driving a school bus and investing in the next generation.

He moved to Texas in 2011 and ultimately found a home in beautiful Lockhart. Here he found a great community where he could do the things he loved and spend his days with people he loved. You could always find him driving his bus, directing traffic, or joking around with his friends.

Bob leaves behind his family, Zach and Christina Hicks of Temple, GA, William and Jennifer McCall of Hattiesburg, MS, and four grand children Emily Hicks, Austin Hicks, Savannah McCall, and Katherine McCall.

The family would like to say thank you for making Bob feel like he was at the home he always dreamed of and for being his Texas family. We know Bob was where he wanted to be and doing what He loved to the very end.

Mr. Bob Watts
Bob on the Bus
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