Kenneth Ray Waters Sr., affectionately known as Kenny, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2023, at the age of 74. He was born on December 25, 1948, in Washington, NC, and his passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew him.
Kenny had an illustrious career that spanned various fields, leaving an impact on those he served. After graduating Washington High School in 1968, he enlisted to serve in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Upon his return, Kenny dedicated himself to public service, spending several years as a Washington firefighter before joining the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. During his two decades as a law enforcement officer, he passionately taught countless fifth graders the lessons of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E.), utilizing his knowledge and experience to educate and guide others towards better choices; ensuring the safety and well-being of his community for generations to come. In 2009, Kenny retired from the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office but continued working part-time even after retirement.
Kenny found solace and inspiration in the mountains of western North Carolina. Their vastness and beauty captivated his spirit, providing him with a sense of tranquility and perspective. He and his family vacationed there as often as possible.
Kenny’s devotion to his family was unwavering, and his passing leaves a void that will be deeply felt. He is preceded in death by his father, Dallas Wilton Waters, his mother Doris Dunbar Waters and his nephew Lee Waters.
Kenny is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Karon Harris Waters. His daughter: Lou Montana-Rhodes (Charles), son: Kenneth Ray Waters Jr. (Kyla), stepson: Daniel Selby (Patty), stepdaughter: Gentry Setters (Jason), 2 brothers Dallas “Bubba” Waters (Deborah), Ted Waters (Anne Kerner), and his beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In honoring Kenny’s legacy, a private funeral service will be held at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. It is there that he will find eternal rest, surrounded by the very mountains that brought him such joy and inspiration.
Though Kenny may no longer walk among us, his spirit lives on, forever guiding and inspiring us to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
A Celebration of Life is Scheduled for Thursday August 10, 2023 between 6 to 8 PM at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Services
Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Service of Washington, NC is serving the Waters family.
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- Thursday, August 10, 2023