George Gerard Walters, 61, of Carmel, Calif., much loved husband, father, brother, uncle, son and friend, died suddenly on June 26, 2013.
He leaves his beloved wife of 10 years, Maryjane Walters. He also leaves three step-children - Holden, 17; Devun, 14; and Tre,12 - to whom he was Dad, coach, idol and inspiration.
George was born on Sept. 4, 1951, in Melbourne, Fla., and moved to Hendersonville, N.C., as a child. He attended Immaculata Catholic School. He graduated from Asheville School in 1970 and played starting guard on the championship Blues in 1970, the only undefeated basketball team in the high school's 113-year history. "He had so much life it's impossible for me to think of him otherwise," his former Asheville School basketball coach Charles Carter said.
He received a B.A. in English and history from Ripon College in Wisconsin in 1974, where he played basketball, served as a school photographer and as a student union representative.
George returned to Hendersonville and worked as a real estate agent, started a successful grounds-maintenance business (Greenbelt Services), and, with a commercial license, drove a tractor-trailer between New York City and California for a short time.
In 1991 he moved to Key West as a project director for Hyatt Vacation Marketing Company and remained with the company for almost 14 years. He transferred to the Lake Tahoe, Calif., area, then to Carmel, where he later joined John Saar Properties Inc. He was a broker for Sotheby's International Realty at the time of his death.
George was a coach for YMCA basketball, Panther Youth Football and Pony League baseball - sports in which all his sons participated.
He was also an inveterate hiker, his thousands of miles through the mountains of California and elsewhere earning him among friends the nicknames Sierra Lightfoot and the Hiking Guy.
George was the sixth of 12 children. His father, Linwood Josey Walters, died of a stroke in 1979; his younger sister, "Toi" Walters Charlton, died in an automobile accident in 1989.
George is survived by his mother, Antoinette Holzborn Walters, 94, of Hendersonville, N.C.; three sisters: Marylin Walters Denison (Arden, N.C.); Maryann Walters Whalen (Halifax, Nova Scotia); MaryJane Walters Hunter (Fairview, N.C.); and seven brothers: John Linwood Walters (Hendersonville); Anthony Anderson Walters (Bridgewater, Nova Scotia); Christopher Michael Walters (Hendersonville); Mark Jerome Walters (St. Petersburg, Fla.); Patrick Albert Walters (Charlotte, N.C.); Joseph Gregory Walters (Charlotte); and Andrew Bernard Walters (Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire). He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Published in The Times-News from July 1 to July 2, 2013