Fisher Funeral Home & Cremation Service
24501 Five Mile Road Redford Township, MI 48239
Earle Thomas Watts was born to Otis & Carrie Watts on December 10th, 1948 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was one of eight siblings and they all moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1956. Here he finished his elementary and middle school education before later graduating from Chadsey High School. On June 23rd, 1973 he married Ivory Gilmore.
After moving to Lansing, Michigan, he attended Michigan State University where he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He left MSU to work for General Motors. On February 9th, 1977 he completed his Apprenticeship in all branches of a Pipefitter and became a certified Journeyman. He worked for General Motors in Lansing, Michigan for 25 years.After retiring, he spent his free time enjoying Music, Photography, Computers, and an array of other activities. He was able to use his knowledge in computers when he went to work at a Used Computer store.
In 2015 Earle became ill suffering from health issues, Diabetic complications, and early stages of Dementia. His daughter stepped in to assist with his care and had him moved to a Senior apartment in Allen Park where he would be closer to her. He continued to battle his health and Dementia for several years but could no longer take care of himself and was placed in a Nursing home December 2019. On September 18, 2021 God called him home.
Earle leaves a son Aaron (mother Bernice) and a daughter Nyla (who he had with his ex-wife Ivory). He has one sister Shirley Chisholm and two remaining brothers Cecil Chisholm and Mack Chisholm. His other four brothers James (Joe) Chisholm, William (Bill) Chisholm, Clarence Chisholm and Ray Watts preceded him in death. He also has a host of other relatives and friends
Earl will be remembered as a friend and classmate at both Chadsey High School and Michigan State. Later, he "discovered" that I thought that I could play chess and he took great pride in showing me just how far I had to go before I could beat him. I will remember him as a friend who was quiet but generous in spirit. He was a very intelligent and kind man. I pray that his family and friends are blessed with many loving memories and strength to see the days ahead in peace.
I am so sad to hear of Earle's passing. He was a strong music lover and always had the latest technology. He was a good friend and fraternity brother, and he will be missed. I am sorry we lost contact, but I will always remember the countless days we spent, in younger days, discussing the latest music releases. He was a good man. May God receive his soul and allow his spirit to fly. My deepest condolences to Earle's family and friends. Al (Big Al) Rainey Kappa Alpha Psi, Delta Pi Chapter, MSU
Earl I apologize for letting the world keep me away from your presence during your closing chapter. Please attribute it to my head and not my heart. My recent calls to try and visit with you did concern me when you didn't answer. Knowing why now, saddens me. As you are in a better place now—rest in peace. We will meet again. Your brother from another Mother, CHAD!
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