Mahala E. Walters (1921 - 2018)

Obituary
  • "Mahala Walters was one of the finest ladies my husband and..."
    - Cathy Howard Kennedy
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    - Joan Frazier-Jones

LA GRANGE - Mahala Barnes Edwards Walters, of La Grange, died on June 17 at the Oaks at Whitaker- Mayview in Raleigh. Mahala was born on February 28, 1921 in Goldsboro to the late James Thompson Edwards and Lilly Belle Sutton. She and her late husband, John Parrott Walters, Jr. founded Walters Insurance Agency in La Grange in 1948. They continued the family business until 1983, upon his death. She was a member of La Grange Methodist Church much of her life. However, she was baptized in St Stephen's Episcopal Church in Goldsboro, attended The Church of the Good Shepherd in Raleigh as a child, and, in her later life, she became a member of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Moss Hill. Mahala was blessed with a nurturing and selfless nature and many other fine traits. Among them was her athletic prowess, which she has passed down especially to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a sports enthusiast all her life...an avid golfer and very astute bridge player. Mahala is survived by one son, John Parrott Walters, III and his wife Catherine, of Swansboro; one daughter, Sara Frances Borden and her husband Tom, of Raleigh; her grandchildren, Caroline Pisani Bell and husband Thomas, of Raleigh, James Christian Walters and wife Megan, of La Grange, George Purvis Walters and wife Anna, of Raleigh; her great-grandchildren, Sara Elizabeth Bell and Mahala Kathleen Bell. Mahala was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and by her brother, Nathan Sutton Edwards, and by her sister, Sarah Thompson Edwards Mewborn. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church at 6861 Hwy. 55 West, Seven Springs, NC on Sunday, July 15 at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow at the home of Chris and Megan Walters at 114 Institute Road in La Grange after the service for those wishing to visit with the family. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Holy Innocents Episcopal Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com
Published in Free Press on July 11, 2018