REFORM Richard Walters, age 76, of Reform, died Nov. 17, 2012, at Salem Nursing Home in Reform. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James A. Woodin and Rev. Rayford Etherton officiating. Burial will follow in Greenhill Memorial Gardens with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation will be immediately following the service at the funeral home.
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He was preceded in death by his parents, Neura Walters and Lela Lowe Walters; his brother, William O. Walters; and his first wife, Sue Cash Walters.
Survivors include his wife, Doris (Dot) Windle Walters; his stepson, Victor Parker of Mobile; step-granddaughter, Erica Nicholson (Wayne) and their sons, Price and Pate Nicholson of Tuscaloosa; nieces, Glenda W. Kelly (Bill) of Hattiesburg, Miss. and Melanie Walters Pate of Gordo; nephew, Terry Walters (Cindy) of Northport; great-nephew, Justin Oglesby (Theresa) of Reform; great-niece, Jessica Taylor (Jeremy) of Gordo; special cousin, Jewel Walters of Tuscaloosa; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bobby Windle (Bonnie) of Carrollton, Katherine Windle of Columbus, Miss., and Geneva Walters of Tuscaloosa; along with other close family members.
Richard was born April 27, 1936, in Reform, Pickens County, Alabama, and attended Pickens County High School. He began his many years of business while still in high school working as an appliance salesman for Z.D. Vick of Fayette. After graduation he continued to work with Mr. Vick, who became a close friend. He then opened his own store in Fayette, which he later sold, and opened Reform Furniture Mart. He was successful selling furniture and appliances in this business until his health made retirement necessary in 2011.
A favorite activity and pastime was his farm, where he raised horses and cattle until his death. He was also engaged in commercial property and was glad to see more businesses locate in the community.
Mr. Walters was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Reform and served there as a Trustee. He was actively involved in the Reform community and in the government of Pickens County as District One Commissioner for Reform and its area for 14 years. During this period with the Commission, the Pickens County Medical Center was built and the new rural water system, Pickens County Water Authority, was started.
He was one of the organizers of the Reform Area Chamber of Commerce and served there in various offices. On October 17, 1984, he was chosen Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. His friend Andrew Wade in introducing him stated that time and time again, he had seen Richard set aside his business affairs to work out some problem for the town. As an active member of the Chamber, he was instrumental in working with the Industrial Development Authority, which recruited industry and businesses.
He was a Mason and a member of the 172 F. & A.M. Lodge of Fellowship, which recognized him on June 15, 2009, with a 50-year lapel pin.
Pallbearers will be nephews, Justin Oglesby, Terry Walters, Jeremy Taylor, Kerry Windle, Dennis Windle, and Ronnie Poole; step-grandson, Wayne Nicholson; and friend, Jimmy Bonner.
Honorary pallbearers are Andrew C. Wade, Jason Mordecai, Dr. Lee Richardson, Joe Cook, Elmer Bishop, Frances Lindsey, Rob Finney, members of the First United Methodist Church of Reform, members of Fellowship 172 F. & A.M. Lodge, Dr. Julia Boothe, Salem Nursing Home and Rehab staff and employees, staff members of Hospice Complete, and caregivers, Alice Fay Neal and Lula West.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to United Methodist Church of Reform, 807 3rd St. NE, Reform, AL 35481, or Hospice Complete, 3064 Palisades Court, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Nov. 18, 2012