October 31, 2023, 65, Goldsboro —
Michael Glenn Waters, 65, departed his worldly body and entered the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, with his beloved K-9 companion, Leea, by his side. He was born in Cumberland County, North Carolina to Calvin Glenn Waters and the late Carolyn Lee Epps Waters on August 1, 1958. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rona Lee Waters; and sister, Deborah Jo Purdy.
Mike was a long-distance truck driver for many years. His passion for trucks was not just a hobby; it was a significant part of his identity. For many years, he operated the wrecker and rollback for both Mitchell’s Body Shop and Dawson’s Collision & Glass. Mike finished his career as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver with Mastec before having to retire.
With the heart of a servant and his no-fear attitude, Mike dedicated himself to decades of service with the Nahunta Fire Department and Search and Rescue. Always willing to extend a helping hand to those in need, his actions spoke well of his true nature and led him to many places in life.
He was a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, and uncle who enjoyed spending time with his family but the outdoors seemed to call Mike by name. He savored being outside for nearly any reason but especially enjoyed climbing a deer stand or casting a line.
A service to celebrate Mike’s life will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at 3:00 pm at Old Waynesborough Park with Pastor Andy Stovall officiating. The family will greet friends following the service.
Mike is survived by his father, Glenn Waters (Nan) of Nahunta; children, Chris Waters (Lindsey), Dustin Waters (Kristina), Christy Montgomery (Rocko), Jesse Thompson (Gavin), and Gabby Lee (Courtney); 10 grandchildren; special nephew, Dale, special niece, Donna Sue and K-9 companion, Leea, who guarded Mike until the end.
Our family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Sara Rice and Gentiva Hospice for the care and compassion shown to Mike in his final days. We will forever be grateful for you.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.