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Watts Petroleum Corp. had its humble beginning as Jennings-Watts Oil Co.  Started in 1936, John A. Watts, President, registered with the City of Lynchburg, Virginia to distribute heating oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, and kerosene for the Gulf Oil Corporation.  It was assigned Business License #0001, the first license issued.



In 1984, when Chevron Corp. purchased Gulf Oil assets, we maintained our relationship with Chevron and its Texaco subsidiaries until 2010, when Chevron pulled out of the Mid-Atlantic/East Coast market. Today Watts Petroleum Corp. proudly maintains a partnership as a jobber with Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Spirit branded stations to supply our retail stations with reliable and high quality service.  Even though very few businesses from decades ago are still operating, we are still servicing customers in Central Virginia today.

Watts propane fuel oil history
As we have grown, so has the family

We feel that with City of Lynchburg Business License #0001, we show dependability, loyalty and credibility to our customers. The company has increased its service area over the years with the purchases of Paul Farmer Oil Co. and Blanks Oil Co. in Altavista and Creasy-Musgrove Oil Co. in Bedford. In 1996, we expanded our company into propane distribution for homes and businesses and created a service department for installing and servicing propane appliances.  Today, we employ approximately 40 people and service more than 7,500 homes.

Watts Petroleum Corp. is still a family owned and run business with:

  • John A. Watts, Jr. as President
  • A. Drake Watts II as Vice President
  • Randall J. Watts as Secretary-Treasurer

Drake Watts is also managing President of Blue Ridge Ice , a subsidiary of Watts Petroleum Corp. Click here to learn more about Blue Ridge Ice.

Watts Petroleum Corp. in the Community

Watts Petroleum Corp. maintains a strong commitment to the communities we serve and support organizations, such as:

Academy Center
Altavista Rotary
Amazement Square
Beacon Of Hope
Big Brother Big Sister
CVCC Foundation
Centra Foundation
Challenged Sports
Charlottesville Ballet
Daily Bread
Endstation Company
Free Clinic
Gleaning For the World
Human Kind
Jubilee Center
Junior League of Lynchburg
Miriams House
Mustaches 4 Kids
Park View Community Mission
Salvation Army
Symphony Orchestra
Urban Ministry
New Vistas School
Vectro Space
YMCA Central Va

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