Mr. Donald “Don” E. Waters, 67, of Sanford passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Duke Medical Center in Durham. He was born in Martin County, the son of the late Marion and Vivian Waters. Don grew up in Jamesville, NC and was a graduate of East Carolina University. He had many roles in the Lee County School System and finished his career at Bragg St. Academy in Sanford. Don also served as the Music Director for the drama department at Lee County Senior High for 10 years. He served as the Minister of Music for several local churches and found a home at Lillington Presbyterian Church for over 21 years. Don also served as an organist for St. Stephens Catholic Church in Sanford. Throughout his life and career, Don shared his love of music across many spectrums to include weddings, funerals, school and community events. Don’s greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Latham Foster Waters and brother, Joe Gray Waters.
Don is survived by his son, Jason Waters and wife, Andrea of Sanford; daughter, Rebekah Waters Brewer and husband, Joseph of Sanford; son, Marshall Nathan Waters and wife, Lucretia of Stillwater, OK; 4 grandchildren, Addie Mejia, Thomas Mejia, Caleb Waters and Luke Waters; brother, Harold Waters and wife Mary Latham Mizelle of Plymouth; sisters-in-law, June Waters of Dunn, Emily Lucas of Sanford and Marlene Foster of Carbonton; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Lillington Presbyterian Church with Rev. Barrett Payne and Rev. Dr. Bill Goodnight officiating. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service and other times at the home of Jason and Andrea Waters.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lee County Senior High Drama Dept., 1708 Nash St., Sanford, NC 27330 or Lillington Presbyterian Church, PO Box 245, Lillington, NC 27546.
Lillington Presbyterian Church
Sunday September 10th, 2017
1101 S 8th St
Lillington, NC 2756
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So sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a great man.
Submitted by Bob Stalter on Sep 19 2017 09:50:07 AM
Jason, Rebecca and Family,
I am saddened to learn of the loss of Don. I first met him during the time of my dad's death in September 1991. He had arrived at First Pres as Music Director. The choir presented a wonderful anthem at my dad's funeral. I will always remember the choir singing at Biltmore House in December 1993. It was always a joy to run into him at the grocery store, and I enjoyed his participation in "Grease" at LCHS this past March. Thoughts and prayers go to you all at the loss of this special man.
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Jason, Rebecca and Family,
So sorry to learn of Don's death. He was a good friend. Occasionally. we would stop and talk as we were going in and out of the neighborhood. As hard as it is to see him leave you, please take comfort in knowing that now he is at peace and rest. No more pain. I just lost my sister two weeks ago, and as painfully as it was to see her suffer for almost a year, I am at peace knowing she is with God and with her deceased love ones. Not more worries for her only happiness. Hope this will bring you comfort. You have been and will continue to be in our prayers. Sorry we didn;t attend the funeral, but I am having double knee surgery in two weeks and getting around is difficult. You have been in my thoughts and prayers today, Sunday.
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Rebekah, Jason, and family,
Sorry to hear about Don's death. He was a very talented man. I'll miss him and I know you will. I will be out of town tomorrow so I won't be able to attend the services but will be thinking of you. Love to all, Julianne McCracken
Submitted by Julianne McCracken on Sep 9 2017 09:57:25 PM
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Jason, Andrea, Caleb and Luke, so sorry to hear the news about Don. Our paths crossed many times over the years with school, his music at First Pres. of Sanford and on the soccer field enjoying our grandchildren. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Wilson and Mary Proctor
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