He was born on Oct. 18, 1936 in Albany, Georgia to George Sr. and Viola Waters, the oldest of seven children.
Upon completing elementary school, he worked as a truck driver in the family business run by his uncle. At age 19, he joined the U.S. Navy, and in 1946 he met Ester White, his soon to be wife, while his Navy ship was dry-docked at Swan Island. They married when he returned from overseas in 1959.
Waters enjoyed golf, bowling and playing softball. He loved cooking and never passed up a chance to get behind the barbecue grill.
His father and mother; two brothers, George Jr. and Harold; and three sisters, Lois Crawford, Vaughn Waters and Lillie B. Nighton preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife of 63 years; his brother Morris “Red” Waters; his three sons Wayne, James and George Sr. Waters, 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.