William James "Bill" Walters
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NEWARK: William James "Bill" Walters, 89, of Newark, passed away Friday, February 15, 2013, at his home. He was born May 20, 1923, in Minerva, a son of the late Scott M. and Anna Ethel (McCrae) Walters.
A member of the "greatest generation", after high school he served in the US Army during WWII. Following the war he continued his education at Ohio University earning a BA and then earned a Master's Degree in Education at Case Western Reserve. A life-long educator and music teacher, he first taught at the Lucas, Barberton, Elyria, North Ridgeville and Wilmington School Districts. In 1971, he relocated to Licking County and taught at Newark City Schools until his retirement in 1980. Following his retirement, he served briefly as band director at Heath High School. In 1985, he co-founded the Quality Music Store in Newark. Blessed with musical talent, he played the trumpet for 34 years in the Licking County Symphonic Orchestra and was a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He was a member of the Minerva Lodge #98, F.&A.M and the First United Methodist Church in Newark, where he sang in the church choir for many years.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Margaret (McGill) Walters, whom he married August 12, 1945; his children, Rebecca Jo (Earl) Russell of Dallas, Georgia, William Scott (Carrie) Walters of Newark, David McGill (Anita) Walters of Texas; his eight beloved grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, to whom he was affectionately known as "Petey Pie"; a sister, Donna (Robert) Barber of Venice, Florida and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Anne Walters in 1956 and a sister Barbara Hudson.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at 2PM, at the Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st Street in Newark. Friends and family may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church.
The family requests that all guestbook condolences be signed at www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com and click obituaries/guestbook entry.
Published in the Advocate on Feb. 17, 2013