Donald Clark WaltersJuly 9, 1947 ~ November 4, 2017 (age 70)
The family of Donald Clark Walters announces his passing at home on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Don will be lovingly missed by his devoted wife of 41 good years, Elaine Norris Walters, his daughter, Elizabeth Walters Butler (Wayne) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, his son, David Durham Walters (Maura) of Brooklyn, NY, his two grandchildren and biggest fans, Grey Norris Butler and Vivienne Clark Walters, his very special Aunt Nettie Walters, his brother Curt Walters (Crystal), his sister-in-law Ann Walters, his furry son Buddy Walters, and many special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is pre-deceased by his mother and father, Carolyn Magill Walters Johnson and David Durham Walters, and his brother Mike Walters.
Don, affectionately known as “Brillo,” lived his entire 70 years in his beloved St. George. He graduated from St. George High School, attended The University of South Carolina, and was employed by Gifford Hill/Blue Circle Cement Company for thirty years. Don loved to spend his time sitting in a deer stand, pulling in bass at the Walters Pond, and driving around his family’s beautiful land enjoying nature and listening to Hank Williams, Jr.
Don’s most outstanding quality was his devotion to his family. He never missed an opportunity to tell those he treasured how much he loved them. Even after forty-one years, Don and Elaine still had a crush on each other. He had such pride in his children and children-in-law, and he beamed at news of their accomplishments, big or small. He was the best Pop to Grey and Vivienne, and he loved pulling them onto his lap for a story and a snuggle.
Don was a big-hearted man, always putting others before himself. He wasn’t boastful about his generosity, instead choosing to help from behind the scenes. He kept pictures of sponsored children from India and Bangladesh on the refrigerator and read their report cards aloud at the dinner table.
Don’s wit was unparalleled. He never met a pun he didn’t like. Even as his health declined over the years, he never missed a chance to crack a joke. He loved his Gamecocks, even though he frequently stomped away from the television in their less-successful moments. He appreciated rare coins and spent hours sorting and labeling his collection. He was eagerly anticipating the new season of his favorite show, The Curse of Oak Island, on the History Channel. He enjoyed music and passionately sang along to both live guitarists and Willie’s Roadhouse on his XM radio. He never lost his love of travel and reveled in the occasional trips to Biloxi and Tunica.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held on Wednesday, November 8 at 11:00 a.m. at St. George United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends and loved ones after the service at Parler Hall. Memorials may be made to St. George United Methodist Church.