George M. Watts, 61, a retired accountant for the Naval Air Systems Command who was active in the Boy Scouts, died of cancer Saturday at the Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

Mr Watts worked for the Washington Navy Yard during the 1940s as an optical precision maker. From 1955 to 1959, he was a part-time policeman with the District Heights police department.

Around 1960 he became a systems accountant with the Walter Reed Army Hospital, later moving to the William Beaumont Army Hospital and the White Sands Missile Range, in El Paso, Tex.

He move to the Naval Air Systems Command around 1967. He retired in 1977.

Mr. Watts was born in Washington and graduated from the old Columbus University school of accounting. He had lived in Hillcrest Heights for 15 years.

Mr. Watts had been active in the Boy Scouts for about 15 years. He had served as assistant commissioner for the Prince George's district and was active with troops No. 297 and 710.

He was a member of the Order of Arrow, a Boy Scout honorary society, the Knights of Columbus and Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillcrest Heights.

Survivors include his wife, Billie R., a son, Michael; three daughters, Billie Sue and Karen Watts, and Georgiann Wemhoener, all of the home in Hillcrest Heights; and two sisters, Vivian Baker, of Mitchellville, Md., and Rosemary Walker, of Laurel.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.