Wiley James Waters, 92, of Jesup, died peacefully at home Tuesday morning, August 4, 2020, under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A son of the late Wiley J. and Effie Moody Waters, he was born Nov. 5, 1927 in Blackshear in Pierce County. His father was a former deputy sheriff for Pierce County and died in the line of duty in 1930.
He grew up in Tampa, FL and lived in Jesup for the past 18 years.
He was a Christian of the Baptist faith, a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, a member of the Altamaha Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, a 68-year member of the Free and Accepted Masons and former member of the Scottish Rite and Yaarab Shriners Club in Atlanta.
He earned his engineering degree from Northeastern College in Boston, MA, and enjoyed a career of promotions and transfers to five states with International Paper before resigning to take the position of general manager for Kraft Corrugated Container’s Beacon, NY, plant and establishing a plumbing and rental property business in Poughkeepsie, NY. At the age of 49, he moved back to his beloved south, where he continued these businesses in Atlanta before retiring to Lake Oconee. All who knew him have heard him say many times: “I have done everything I ever wanted to do in my life.”
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Robert T. Williams; his wife of 50 years, Jean MacKay Waters; sister, Sarah Ann Waters O’Connor; brothers, Henry E. Waters and Franklin D. Williams and granddaughter, Ivey Leigh Mustaki.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Allie Wright Waters, Jesup; daughters, Carolyn W. (Geoff) Stagg, Greensboro and Lauralyn W. (Leo) Mustaki, Atlanta; sons, Wiley Waters Jr., Birmingham, AL and Stuart M. Waters, Jesup; sisters, Bobbie Jean Anderegg, Sorento, FL, Effie (Merrill) Parker, Ft. Myers, FL, Cellie (Richard) Forrester, Zephyrhills, FL and Gloria Rios, Tampa, FL; grandchildren, Niles Berthen, Pierce Mustaki, Geoffrey Stagg, Laura Stagg, Julie Stagg and Michael Stagg.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, from the Jesup Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Fred Anderson and Elder Jason Deal officiating and with remarks by Stuart Waters, Carolyn Stagg and Lauralyn Mustaki.
Musical selections will be “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes and “Peace in the Valley” and “It is Well With My Soul” by the Rev. Fred Anderson and Lisa Godwin.
Masonic rites will be conducted by Larry Brantley and the members of the Jesup Masonic Lodge.
A private family inurnment will follow at 4 p.m. that afternoon at the Georgia Veterans Cemetery in Glennville.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Boulevard, Jesup, GA 31545.
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