Barbara Smith Watts
Barbara Smith Watts
October 19, 1961 — December 3, 2013
Barbara Smith Watts, 52, a native of Columbia and longtime resident of Morgan City, passed away, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
Barbara was a graduate of Nicholls State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. After graduation, she soon obtained her Certified Public Accountant license and later on obtained the credential of Certified Fraud Examiner. Her hard work and focus led her to become a shareholder in the CPA firm of Darnall, Sikes, Gardes and Frederick where she served as director in charge of the firm’s Audit Committee. At DSGF she will remain as a great source of inspiration to all of her co-workers who were also her friends. Every morning she stepped into the office she addressed each person with a smile and greeting, wanting to know how everyone and everyone’s family was doing. Her adoration and care for the team at the firm was always expressed by her, even when she had to be out of the office and facing her own struggles.
Barbara’s love of the CPA profession also had her performing many roles outside of her firm, which included serving as President of the South Central Chapter of the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants, as a member of the Nicholls State University Accounting Advisory Board, and as treasurer of the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce. She also was very active in numerous other professional and civic activities and organizations.
Barbara leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, David Watts of Morgan City; her mother, Barbara Smith of Columbia; and her two brothers, James Smith of Monroe and Charles Smith of Columbia.
She joins in heaven her brother, Ernest Smith; her grandmother, Audi Wise; and her father.
A time of remembrance and reflection will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Hargrave Funeral Home.
Visitation will resume Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, from 11 a.m. until time of services at Nichols Funeral Home in Haleyville, Ala. Funeral services for Barbara will take place at 2 p.m. at Nichols Funeral Home with Barbara being laid to rest in the Winston Memorial Cemetery in Haleyville, Ala.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Barbara’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.