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Sanders Jackson “Waldo” Watts

October 16, 1949 - January 9, 2024
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Visitation
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Downtown Chapel
639 N Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 232-6733 | Map
Sunday 1/14, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Service
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
7 Shannon Drive
Greenville, SC 29615
864-244-1820 | Map
Monday 1/15, 11:30 am
Cemetery
Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum
1901 Wade Hampton Blvd
Greenville, SC 29615
864-244-4622 | Map
Monday 1/15

Although he was named Sanders Jackson Watts at birth on October 16, 1949 and his mother called him “Sandy,” the rest of his friends simply called him “Waldo.”  There are few who can live up to the expectations of being called by a singular name.  For Waldo, that was no challenge at all.  Standing sixContinue Reading

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Bill Amspacher left a message on January 21, 2024:
I guess it should come as no great surprise at our age that we are beginning to lose old friends, but as stated in his obituary Waldo was bigger than life so his death seems bigger as well. I hadn’t seen Waldo in nearly 50 years when we got to reminiscence at the reunion. It was funny to hear this huge man recall one of the scariest times he could remember was having to try and explain to my dad how we had managed to knock my older sister’s front tooth out. Thinking of Waldo will always put a smile on my face. I hope you will find some level of comfort in knowing how many smiles he brought to so many people over the years.a Bill Amspacher
john earle w. left a message on January 19, 2024:
I knew his father and he was so very proud of him.
Dr. William B. Edwards left a message on January 16, 2024:
Waldo and I were in the same class at Clemson and I would call him, as I’m sure he has been called before, a “gentle giant”. I kept up with him and his courageous bout with cancer thru his brother-in-law Hack McGill and his wife Clare but I was unaware of his passing until after the funeral. My sincere condolences to his family. Dr. William B. Edwards
Jim Cox left a message on January 15, 2024:
I attended CU with Waldo back in the late 60's and early 70's and got to see him play for our Tigers. I didn't know Waldo personally back then but had the good fortune to get to know him very well over the last 40+ years while ushering together and attending Sunday School with he and his lovely wife Kathy at Aldersgate UMC. I had the joy of watching their kids Allyson and Austin grow up during that time. Anytime I needed an update on what was truly going on in Tigertown with our Tigers all I had to do was ask and he would throw that big ole arm around my shoulder and give me the scoop as only he knew it. I will miss that "lean" and I will miss a truly great friend. In your honor my larger than life friend I say ....GO TIGERS !!
Zandrea Pfeiffer left a message on January 15, 2024:
Larger than life is the perfect description for Waldo, or “Big Boy” as our Dad affectionately called him. Boisterous, fun, but also warm and generous, that was Waldo. He and his tailgate will always be the epitome of Clemson football for me. When we were growing up, Saturdays in the Fall meant Clemson Football. That also meant going to “Waldo’s”. They were one in the same. What an experience he (and Kathy and Sterling) created for us! It was a day long adventure of football, and food, but more memorable were the family and friends. Lifelong friends came together to share in each other’s company, lots of stories of the past, and a few pranks. In the business of our schedules today, I now realize how exceptional this was. There were SO many laughs. That environment was one of the places that my Dad was happiest. I loved to see them laugh together. Multiple generations will have wonderful memories of Waldo to share. His legacy of fellowship lives on as many of us are now trying to create that unique atmosphere for our own children. (Even though Allyson and I both chose not to go to Clemson, we have come back.) I love sharing those Fall days with my boys, but it’s not the same. It hasn’t been the same since Waldo stopped going to the games. His shoes were just too big to fill. Rest in Peace “Big Boy”. You will always have a special place in the hearts of the Mitchells and the Pfeiffers.
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Ron Verga left a message on January 14, 2024:
God rest your soul my friend
Josh Pruitt left a message on January 14, 2024:
Waldo, here's one for you. Living in the footsteps of your father, you were and will remain the consummate gentleman. While I have several great memories, I recall you actually needing a favor that involved tickets for the Auburn and Alabama football game. Sterling stopped by the house to pick them up as I was out of country, and my wife was very impressed with him as a complete gentleman. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Rest in peace old friend.
Jo Lewis Gafford left a message on January 14, 2024:
My heart breaks for Kathy and the family. Sandy and I (and my siblings) grew up together as our parents were best friends. My fondest memory of Sandy was my first day at Clemson when he commented that he and I were the “black sheep “ of our families. No truer words were ever spoken, and I consider it an honor to be a black sheep with Sandy. RIP old friend. I know you are up there with Sterling, Nancy, Penn and Isabelle celebrating!
Mike & Gale Murphy left a message on January 14, 2024:
We hope the comfort of faith and family will help to ease your pain.
Moose left a message on January 14, 2024:
Austin, my condolences to you and your family during this tough time.
Carol Weddle Blanton ( a Grove Drive Kid ) left a message on January 13, 2024:
I started 1st grade with Sandy and there was just one house between us. His mom Nancy was so sweet making Kool-Aid for us. One summer, Sandy and my brother GC built a club house in Sandy’s back yard with boards and a lot of black plastic. We played monopoly, cards and read funny books all summer in that club house. Miss you Sandy 🙏 In the winter sleigh rides at night and a bonfire. Things were different back then. Prayers for Sandy’s family.
Robin Mizell left a message on January 13, 2024:
Dear Kathy, I was SO sorry to hear about the loss of your husband! After losing my Jack in July, my heart aches knowing what you are going through and will be going through. Sending my love and best wishes to you and your family❤️Robin
Louisa and Peter Makepeace left a message on January 13, 2024:
Dear Kathy, Ally, Austin and families, We were so truly sorry to hear of Waldo’s passing. We will always fondly remember him for his generosity, hospitality, humour and kindness towards not only us Aussies, but all the people around him. We are sending all our love to you across the oceans and the lands. Waldo, rest easy mate. Love, Louisa, Pete, Joseph, Daniel, and Sammy
Steve Hand left a message on January 13, 2024:
Greenville lost a legend and an icon. Waldo was very well known around town. One of it’s nicest citizens, renowned athlete, and proud graduate of Wade Hampton High School. Deepest condolences and sympathy to the family. Find comfort in knowing he is with the Lord. Cherish all of your precious memories.
Eddie McLaurin left a message on January 13, 2024:
I first met Waldo while attending law school with Austin. Waldo & Kathy graciously hosted a few of us for the FSU game that year, and we had a great time. From then on, he treated me and my family like we’d known him his whole life. I loved talking sports with him, particularly football and golf. His fierce love for his family stands out to me as one of his most admired straits. He was a man we can all hope to emulate in our own lives, and a great example of a life well lived. Gonna miss you big guy.
Brian Reinhardt left a message on January 13, 2024:
Austin— I am sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I do remember him as a kind man who loved those around him and loved having a great time! I learned to knee board behind his boat so many years ago! I pray the Lord will provide for you, your Mom and your family during this time. Sincerely, Brian Reinhardt
Allison Turner Walters(‘74) left a message on January 12, 2024:
Kathy and family, so sorry go your loss! Waldo was a good friend and such a character during Clemson days! Prayers for you all! Allison Turner Walters
Debra Pickens Johnston left a message on January 12, 2024:
My memory goes back to when I met Waldo at Clemson with Jimmy Trembley in 1972. I had never heard of anyone named "Waldo"! Jimmy and I married in 1973 and Waldo was in our wedding and such a good friend. Waldo invited Heather and me to join Aldersgate Methodist Church! He sat beside me and watched Heather run the whole length of the football field at Powderpuff right after Jimmy passed away. I could go on with many stories. Just want to say how much we all loved him & love all the family. You'll always remain in our hearts. Love you.
Rett Sink left a message on January 12, 2024:
Kathy, Austin and Allyson; I loved Waldo like he was a second father, no matter how much time elapsed between visits it was always like we missed a beat every time we reunited. I always felt his love and miss him dearly. He was an amazing man and knew how to make everyone feel special in his presence. I’m sorry we can’t make the trip but each of you and your families are in Sarah, Londyn, Jackson, Beckham, Sawyer and I’s prayers and the forefront of our minds. We love y’all!
Anonymous left a message on January 12, 2024:
You were a Great teammate, and better friend!Warmest regards,Dave Thompson #52 Clemson Tigers
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Travelers Restaurant left a message on January 12, 2024:
In memory of Sanders Jackson “Waldo” Watts, Travelers Restaurant lit a candle
Debbie Barton Felts and Bob Felts left a message on January 12, 2024:
Deepest sympathy to Kathy and family at this time. Our love and prayers.
Frances and Tami left a message on January 12, 2024:
Much respect for the Gentle Giant
Bobby Hines left a message on January 11, 2024:
Waldo was a great friend of mine in high school and throughout his life Usually Waldo, Lou Williams and I hung out during high school but he had many many friends. We played high school basketball together for three years. One of the memories I have of Waldo is him being like a bull in a China shop. But wow he got it done. Nobody pushed him around. At a faculty student game Waldo got down on all fours about the foul line. One by one we all ran and jumped off Waldo’s back to dunk the ball. When I tried I hit the rim and fell backwards to the floor breaking my wrist. Waldo was the first one there to help me. RIP my friend. I know you fought your battle with cancer like you fought on the court and football field. Like Dabo says you were All In. You will be missed and I’ll see you again one day!! My sincere condolences to Kathy and the family Sincerely Bobby
Hazel and Doug Witter left a message on January 11, 2024:
Our deepest sympathy to Kathy and Waldo’s entire family and friends. He was always so welcoming, kind and generous with his hospitality and friendship. He will be missed by many. Hazel and Doug Witter
The Stavrakas Family left a message on January 11, 2024:
In memory of Sanders Jackson “Waldo” Watts, The Stavrakas Family lit a candle
Felicia Griggs left a message on January 11, 2024:
We always enjoyed playing bridge at Kathy’s house. Waldo and I would chat about basketball and football, and the Hokies and the Tigers! 💕🙏. Prayers for the family. Love to all. 💕. Felicia
Smitty left a message on January 11, 2024:
Waldo & the entire Watts family were instrumental to my well being at Clemson as I met Austin freshman year and I had no transportation & was 600 miles from home. There was always a place at their tailgate & even invited me to Easter dinner. Probably my most fondest memory was spending 3 weeks at their lake house for Maymester. Austin & I had one class a day from 5-8pm & Waldo would always make sure the fridge was stocked with “cold ones” & would always leave us with a shoulder “pinch” & say U boys don’t do anything stupid & don’t tell your Mother! Waldo was bigger than life & always looking out for others. Rest In Eternal Happiness big man!
Rick Lankford& Family left a message on January 11, 2024:
Waldo asked me to help him coach Sr. girls at Aldersgate UMC one year. Little did I know I was in training to be head coach the following year! We sure did have fun but the "lean" almost got the best of me that season. What a guy! Never turned me down for anything we needed at church. Always supportive of the music and always loved when the "band" played. He will be missed but leaves a wonderful legacy. Love to all and prayers for all. We will be there to lift you up.
Brenda Garrett left a message on January 11, 2024:
Dear Kathy and Family my heart and prayers are with you. I enjoyed many good times with Waldo and you over the years. Wishing you comfort and healing. Brenda
Jim League left a message on January 11, 2024:
I am so sorry that our world has lost Waldo .I have known and been good friends with him since high school . There are so many things to say but I think the Obituary was perfect . He was bigger than life in such a good way. Andrea and I loved Waldo , Kathy , Austin and Allyson and now pray the Peace of Christ on you as you grieve his loss . Thank you Waldo for being our friend and a great example of love for your family . Jimmy League
Meadors Tanner left a message on January 11, 2024:
Waldo, THE DOG, was a true friend for over 60 years! I remember when he moved to Greenville and enrolled at Greenville Junior High School. There was a guy at the school who was a “bully” who made the mistake of picking on Waldo one day. He never picked on any of us again as Sandy Watts took care of business. That was the beginning of our lifelong friendship. He was penned the name Waldo a year or so later at McCarter Swimming pool by one of our coaches! RIP Dog!! You fought an unbelievable fight big guy. If there is food in heaven, I hope you are enjoying a big steak and tater up there!
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