Mr. Willie Waters was born on December 15, 1945, in Barney, Georgia to the late Louis and Idine Waters. He was united in Holy Matrimony to Christine (Johnson) Waters on June 15, 1964. Mr. Willie, “Chugalug” the “I can fix it master” gathered up his tools and put on his wings to take that glorious journey to join those who proceeded him into his new home in Glory.
He was known for his ability to make it work when others would say it was junk. He enjoyed the opportunity to give a helping hand to those who needed it most. Never expecting anything more than your acknowledging the fact that you didn’t believe it could be done. His pay was your smiles of appreciation.
Willie graduated from Douglas Anderson High School a loyal and devoted “Firery Dragon.” After working several jobs, he decided to become a Firefighter for the city of Jacksonville, FL. After successful completion of his training he became the first African American from the Beaches area to become a Fireman for the city of Jacksonville, Florida. After several years of service for the city of Jacksonville, he decided he would return to his first love as a Self-employed Truck driver. As a teen driving trucks became a passion and he was tutored by his mentor and teacher James Colquitt. Driving trucks and fixing whatever was broke was surely his God given passions. On the road “Candy Man” (you know the song, the Candy Man can), was his handle that rung out over the airways as he drove from coast to coast connecting with people he would forever become joined together with as friends of the highways. The long drives and lonely journeys would eventually give him an opportunity to look over his life and how much he missed his family. Willie knew his dreams of becoming a man of God would guarantee him a “fix all” seat at the throne of God. So this would require a new passion and dedication in his life, and that he did as a devoted member of the Robert Mount Pisgah AME Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Idine Waters; son, Bruce Waters; and sister, Bettye Waters.
He leaves to carry on his legacy and memories, wife of 55 years, Christine Waters; children, Willie Waters, Jr., Carol Howell (Julius), Charis Waters and Jamall Little; siblings, Ida Weech, Priscilla Hall and Donald Waters (Shenetha); nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; godson, Donovan Louis Waters; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Sarah L. Carter's Funeral Home Southside is serving the family.