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Perry County students, faculty remember John Watts

A portrait of John Watts. By Thomas McSwain A portrait of John Watts. By Thomas McSwain
PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

A beloved art teacher at Perry Central High School was remember by his school after losing his life on November 14, 2014.

John Watts was killed in a fire that also destroyed his home, but his legacy lives on. Staff and students at Perry Central High School have rallied to commemorate him with a memorial service that was held Thursday, January 8.

A hall has also been named in his honor because staff said he impacted every student that walked the halls with his big heart and school traditions.

“Mr.Watts impacted all of the students at Perry Central through their graduation ceremony,” said English teacher Gayle Graughn. “He would take them on a victory lap, one last walk through the high school before they left because he knew it would be the last opportunity they would have to be together as a class.”

Draugn said Perry Central is filled with artwork from Watt's students, which remind everyone of him every day.

A plaque will also be placed outside of the school near the flag pole once it is complete.

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