James Waters Obituary (1934 – 2021) – Concord, North Carolina

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James Waters
September 9, 1934 – November 23, 2021
Concord, NC – James Howard / Jim Waters, 87, passed away on November 23, 2021.
Born September 9, 1934 in Star, North Carolina, he was the son of SA and Ruth McIntosh Waters. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Robert, and a stepdaughter Andrea Waters. Jim graduated from Star High School and Wake Forest College. After serving in the Marine Corps, he began his career as a high school math teacher. He retired from the Social Security Administration after working in Charlotte and Concord, NC and Georgetown, SC. After his retirement he became an investor and partner with his wife in two companies – Country Crafts and Classic Creations. A member of the Presbyterian faith, he has served as a deacon, elder and clerk of the session. Jim was always at church on Sundays – that’s exactly what you did when you were a Christian. Jim loved to travel and was active in several coach associations. But even after sixty-six trips, he never mastered recoil in a campsite. He visited most of the fifty states, seven foreign countries and also enjoyed cruises. He loved the coast and made frequent trips to his home in North Myrtle Beach – walking the beach and lounging on a beach chair, but only for two hours at a time. He was a supporter of the Arts and Stowe Botanical Gardens, enjoying numerous plays, concerts and walks in the gardens over the years. He loved music and started playing the organ at the age of 16 in his church because no one else could. Jim loved dogs, always having one, two or three at a time. Jim also loved cars and seemed to trade them in for the latest model every year. He was particularly proud of his first luxury vehicle, making everyone believe he would be buried there. He is not. Jim’s real accomplishment was spending time with his family, friends, and pets. He met his wife Pat over a weekend at Camp Lejeune during a square dance on Saturday night. He “called” her Sunday. Then, when she returned to college on Monday, Pat informed her roommate that she had met the man she was going to marry. They have danced on every occasion until recent years. Jim had a keen sense of humor and was even quick-witted in his years of dementia, telling caregivers that he was 104 years old and “old as earth.” Jim liked things to be neat and tidy. He could usually be found even in retirement wearing his khaki pants and white t-shirt, working outside, mowing the grass or picking up trash along the road to his home.
Survivors include his 62-year-old wife, Patricia Bost Waters; one daughter, Pam Waters Icard and her husband, Mark of Harrisburg; two sons, Scott Waters and his wife, Timisha of Concord, and Todd Waters; six grandchildren, Luke Icard, Matt Icard (wife Karsynn), Jared Waters, Caitlin Waters Broome (husband Adam), Kiristan Waters (fiancé Ryan) and Brittney Waters; one great-grandson, Lawson Icard; his nephew, Michael Waters (wife Tonya), son Marshall; two beloved dogs, Lilly and Mitzi. Due to health concerns during these times, a private memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Concord and the Memorial Gardens Columbarium. Jim’s family expresses a special thank you to The Haven at Highland Creek and Tucker Hospice House for their loving care; and to my dear friends for their visits to Jim, their love, their prayers and their acts of kindness over the past four years. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 789, Concord, NC 28026 or towards the building of The Center of Hope (homeless shelter), Salvation Army, PO Box 511 , Concord, NC 28026.
Wilkinson Funeral Home. www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on November 28, 2021.


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