F. Hansell Watt M.D.


F. Hansell Watt, MD August 8, 2019

Nothing shall ever separate us from the love of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. --Romans 8:38

"Every day give God glory." -F. Hansell Watt

Francis Hansell "Hank" Watt was born on February 24, 1923, to William Augustin and "Bob" Mary Lindsey Watt of Thomasville, GA. The third of four sons, Hank enjoyed practical jokes, poetry and literature, hunting, fishing, FSU football, baseball, and exploring the natural world. After high school and a thwarted attempt to join the Army at 17, he graduated pre-med from Davidson College (ODK,1944), then entered Johns Hopkins Medical School. There, he was part of the first surgical team success at blue baby heart repair in 1947-48. While in medical school, he met his future wife and physician, Dr. Henrietta "Honey" Watt, whom he married in September, 1948.

He served as a captain in the US Army (stationed in Puerto Rico) he continued his lifelong participation in medical missions Ometepec and Morelia, Mexico, Haiti, Kenya, the former Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo), Malawi, and Indonesia, all the while maintaining practice as a general surgeon. Dr. Watt established the first intensive care unit at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Hospital and performed a wide range of surgical procedures there, also serving patients from nearby towns like Havana, Quincy and Monticello, often accepting payment in corn, beans and garden produce. A deeply committed Christian, Dr. Watt served as an elder at Faith Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, taught Sunday School, and attended the weekly Men's Bible Study well into his nineties. He continued international medical mission outreach, starting a Green Stamps drive to buy a plane for missionaries to Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) and co-founded the Medical Benevolence Foundation (1964) (PCUSA) which provides direct physician care in several foreign countries.

Dr. Watt loved to hunt, fish, and grow his own produce in his hydroponic garden. At one point, he raised quail to help in training his Llewellin setters. After mastering fixed wing gliders, he earned his instrumentation pilot's license at 67. He was a naturalist of the first order, able to identify every tree, fish, fowl, reptile, and weather pattern. He loved the Big Bend and was committed to preserving its natural resources.

Dr. Watt was a committed family man, taking his family on far flung jaunts to Mexico, the World's Fair (1964) and vacations at St Teresa, and Cape San Blas. He is pre-deceased by his wife of 63 years, and his son, Francis Hansell Watt, Jr. He leaves behind six daughters, Lindsey Watt March, Helen E. "Betsy" Watt, MD., Laura Watt "Jeanie" Casati (Bill Lacey), Sandy Watt Hearn (Tom), Jamie Watt Jones and Carolyn Watt Cantwell (Jeff), and daughter-in-law, Margie Best Watt, 16 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren; 3 cousins, George Watt, Marianne "Sissy" Jeffries Williams, and Maggie Watt Roddenberry, and a host of longtime friends.

The Watt family wishes to extend our heartfelt gratitude to his devoted caregivers.

Interment will be Sunday, August 18, at 10 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Thomasville, GA, with a 2 pm memorial service at Faith Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, FL, Reception in the Fellowship Hall to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Medical Benevolence Foundation, (9555 W Sam Houston Pkwy S Suite 170, Houston, TX 77099), and the Haitian American Friendship Foundation (HAFF- P.O. Box 1349 State College, PA 16804-1349 USA)

Special thanks to Rocky Bevis of Bevis Funeral Home in assisting this family with these arrangements. Phone (850/385-2193 or www.bevisfh.com).
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Jan Bachemin Watt Adams
Aug 19, 2019
I deeply regret that we are out of state for several months. I am so sad that I missed your beloved father's service and seeing all of your dear family again.

I will always remember the long and cherished relationship between both of our families. My love to each of you, Jan
Tom Logan
Aug 13, 2019
Memorial Dr F H ‘Hank’ Watt February 24, 1923 – August 8, 2019

“Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer and the mute tongue shout for joy. Waters will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.” Isaiah 35:5&6

Dr. Watt lives on in all those his life touched. I am what I am because of who we all are. I am because we are. We are one family. We are a part of each other and together we grieve.

We grieve at his death because we love…because he is loved. Because he added value and meaning to life.

A life is lost to us, but there is no loss without gain. The gain is the opportunity to grasp the tru
...ly important things in life. We know a wonderful soul has been lost in this world, but the love, compassion, ideas, beliefs, and the fabric of Dr. Watt’s being travels with all of those his life touched. His soul travels beyond and reminds us to love, laugh, cry, and be thankful, and to enjoy the life that has been granted to each of us.

Life…It’s a gift, a precious gift that will not last, love it, protect it, enjoy it.

We pass our condolences; Pepani mwafwa, twafwa (you have died, we have died; your loss is our loss).

Tom Logan
Marion Medical Mission
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