James W. "Jake" Waters Jr., 82, of Gainesville, Ga., died peacefully at his residence on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, at Lakewood Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. Tom Smiley and the Rev. Jerry Gill officiating. Interment will follow in the Alta Vista Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mr. Waters was born in Chicopee, Ga., on Jan. 3, 1932, to the late James and Willie Moore Waters. He lived in Gainesville, Ga., all of his life. He was preceded in death by sisters, Bernice Martin, Jamie White and Betty Pinson.
Jake graduated from Riverbend School in 1949 and North Georgia College in 1953. He served for two years as 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Jake was the owner of Jim Waters Motor Company and King Motors Company as the love of the car business was one of his passions. In addition, he was the owner of Hyatt Auto Parts and served as president of the Georgia Auto Parts Assoc. in 1986 to 1987.
Jake's other passion was aviation. He loved to spend time at the airport and spent many hours flying his family and friends to different places. He was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church and the Men's Sunday School Class.
Jake is survived by his wife, LaTrelle Waters; and daughter Elizabeth Waters. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Amanda and Howard Gardner; and brother-in-law, Emmett White. Nieces and nephews also survive, as well as a host of special family members and friends.
The family would like to express sincere appreciation for his special caregiver, John Johnson, and the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Hospice nurses. Family members and friends would like to commend LaTrelle and Elizabeth for their exceptional care of Jake in the home until the end. He was a very special man and deserved only the very best. They faithfully fulfilled their role as a devoted wife and daughter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lakewood Baptist Church, 2235 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Those desiring to leave online condolences can do so at www.littledavenport.com.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville, GA 30501.