MERIGOLD - John B. Walters, Jr. age 76, of Merigold, passed away on Monday November 10, 2014 at his home.
Visitation will be held Wednesday 11/12/2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland. Funeral Services will be held Thursday 11/13/2014 10:00 AM in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the North Cleveland Cemetery. Reverend Gregg Chamblee will officiate the service.
John was born on October 16, 1938 to John and Elizabeth (Covey) Walters, Sr. in Nairs Virginia. He graduated from Tomlinson Memorial School where he met Martha Lewis and on July 14, 1960 they married in Cleveland, MS. John moved his family to the Delta in 1963. He was a former manager for Cleveland Furniture Company and Defenbaugh Finance Company. After his retirement, John went to work at Ray Funeral Home, Cleveland Flower Shop and Cleveland Funeral Home. John was an avid gardener, enjoyed woodworking, arranging flowers and painting art. He was a people person who never met a stranger and greeted everyone with a smile. John also enjoyed listening to music and leading worship at church. He loved his family and most of all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a member of Cleveland Church of God. John was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Martha Lewis Walters of Merigold, MS. Three daughters; Kim Walters of Carrollton, MS., Nora Stanford of Carrollton, MS. and Deborah W. (Glenn) Pilgrim of Cleveland, MS, Brother, Warren Thomas Walters of Jacksonville, NC. Granddaughter, Tara (Lewis) Turner of Merigold, MS. Grandson, James Michael (Melissa) Norquist of Merigold, MS. Five great grandchildren; Dawson Michael Norquist, Laynee Elizabeth, Haylee Cail and Kensi Cole Turner and Maycee Kate Norquist
Pallbearers are Michael Norquist, Lewis Turner, Steve Lewis, David Junkin, Dewight Bridges and Jimmy Norquist. Honorary pallbearers are the Men's Bible Sunday School Class; Robert McDaniel, Oliver Greenhaw, Adrian Smith, Slim Kendall, Bill Sanders, Oscar Webster, Norman Lyons, Bob Martin and Leon Williams.
Memorials may be made to the Cleveland Church of God 4101 Hwy 8 East Cleveland, MS 38732.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.