Andrew Darnell Waters

Andrew Darnell Waters, 57, passed away on Monday, March 26 at Augusta University Medical Center after an extended illness. He was a 1978 graduate of Evans High School, Evans, Ga. He was in the band and on the tennis and basketball teams. He attended Augusta University in Augusta, where he was a founding member of the Alpha Tau Omega Chapter. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, with a B.S. in criminal justice. He served in the USMC Reserves. He played in many local bands but was a member of The Variations of Statesboro for over 25 years. He retired as a counselor after 20 years from the Bulloch County Correctional Institute. Andy followed in his father’s footsteps and was a member of the Alee Shrine Temple, Savannah, and an emeritus member of the Ezel Chapter of the Masonic Lodge, Claxton, and a past Worshipful Master. Andy was a kind, loving person and participated in countless fundraisers to assist others. Andy was preceded in death by his father, James H. Waters; his brother, Albert Monroe Waters; his sister, Sheila McGill Lowe; his maternal grandparents, James Mack and Alma B. Arnold; his paternal grandparents, Foy and Ruth Waters of Manassas. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy A. Waters of Claxton; his sister, Penny Waters Salter (Ray) of Ludowici, Emilie Waters Bowles (Ralph) of Sylvania; twin sister, Sissy Waters Hobbs (Allen) of Martinez; baby sister, Jamie Waters Usry (Brad) of Evans, Ga.; aunts, Maxine McElveen and Linda Waters of Savannah; uncles, Robert J. and William M. Arnold of Savannah; fiance, Lavonna Johnson, his true love of Waynesboro, and her daughter, Deanna Hudson of Millen; He was Pa to Caden, Addison and Raelynn. He was loved by many nephews and nieces who will miss him greatly and always thought of him as the “cool” uncle who was always there with a helping hand. Visitation will be held Friday, March 30, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Claxton with funeral services to follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Evergreen Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews, David McGill, Joshua Bowles, Albert Waters, Christopher Lamberth, Dale and Justin Usry. Remembrances may be sent to First United Methodist Church of Claxton, P.O. Box 546, Claxton, Ga. 30417; or Shriners Hospital for Children, 100 Eisenberg Dr., Savannah, Ga. 31406. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.