Robert M. "Bob" Walters, age 82, of 367 Ransom Street, Blowing Rock, passed away, Wednesday evening, February 20, 2013, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Mr. Walters was born December 23, 1930 in Blowing Rock, a son of the late Grover Cleveland Walters and Stella Mae Coffey Walters. He was a 1950 graduate of Blowing Rock High School and attended Lees McRae College on a basketball scholarship. Mr. Walters left college to join the United States Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. After returning to Blowing Rock, he was a machineroom specialist for Broyhill Furniture, where he was involved in management, furniture development and prototypes. After an early medical retirement, he continued to design and build furniture with enthusiasm. Mr. Walters was a lifelong resident of Ransom Street in Blowing Rock, and served as a deacon and teacher, at First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock, where he was a member.
Mr. Walters is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruby Moody Walters of the home; one daughter, Deborah Walters of Boone; one son, Steven Walters of Tucker, Georgia; grandson, Leif Magnuson and Lauren Maley of Raleigh, and great-grandson, Lemy Magnuson of Raleigh; grandson, Ryan Hartley and his finace, Amanda Jones of Boone, and a number of loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family and many friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Elizabeth Walters Bolick and her husband Charles Bolick, Sr., Verdola Walters Sykes and her husband Dean Sykes, Carl Walters, Clifford Walters and his wife Ruth H. Walters, and Norman Walters.
Funeral services for Robert M. "Bob" Walters will be conducted Sunday afternoon, February 24, 2013, at 3:00 o'clock, at First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:00 until 2:45 PM. Officiating will be Reverend Rusty Guenther. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.
The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon, from 1:00 until 2:45 PM, at the church, prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock Building Fund, PO Box 3, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, 28605.
Online condolences may be sent to the Walters family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.