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The Rev. Thomas L. Waters

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The Rev.  Thomas L. Waters Obituary
The Rev. Thomas L. Waters, 87, of 2122 Rainbow Lane, Quincy, went home to be with the Lord at 8:40 p.m. Monday (Dec. 9, 2013) in Blessing Hospital.

Born Aug. 5, 1926, in Baylis, Tom was a son of the Rev. James and Chloe Lee Waters. He married Mary Catherine Welch on July 28, 1946, in Macomb. She died Feb. 21, 2005. He married Joyce Ingram on March 26, 2006, in Quincy. She survives.

Mr. Waters served his country in the U.S. Army during World War I I, serving in the Philippines. He was blessed to participate in an Honor Flight in 2011.

Pastor Tom attended Open Arms Ministries. He loved teaching the Gospel and serving the Lord by volunteering as a chaplain at Blessing Hospital, playing the piano for the National Day of Prayer for many years, and with his shows on WTJR-TV, which included "A Song and the Word," "Sweet Anointing" and "This is My Story." Tom was the pianist for the G Men Gospel Quartet and the Gospelaires and had recorded several albums over the years.

Pastor Tom was also well-known in the area for serving the needs of others at weddings and funerals of those without a church.

Tom was employed as a plumber at Brockschmidt Plumbing until he opened his own business, Waters Plumbing. He later received his doctor of divinity from New Word Bible Institute in Hayti, Mo., and was ordained in the Baptist church and was called to serve at Grandview Baptist Church, Hester Baptist Church and Living Water Full Gospel Fellowship. He later began Abundant Life Ministries and was an evangelist throughout the area.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce; three sons, Thomas Waters (Suzi) and the Rev. James "Jay" Waters (Lynn), both of Quincy, and Jeffrey Waters (Sandra) of Payson; a daughter, Frances Rhodes (Michael) of Fort Worth, Texas; two stepdaughters, Wendy Buckley (Rod) of Quincy and Kim Hensley (Rick) of Weir, Kan.; a son-in-law, Ray Reynolds of Davenport, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, Brian Reynolds (Dawn), Jenni Deacon (Rob), Tony Rhodes (Katie), Nicholas Rhodes, Christopher Rhodes, Erin Rhodes-McLellan (Sean), Ryan Waters, Ashley Waters, Logan Waters, Alexander Waters, Brittany Waters, Zachary Waters and Brandon Meyer (Stephanie); four stepgrandchildren, Amanda Klingele (Bryan), Dalton Buckley, Mindy Buck and Dani Scrivner (Dustin); 14 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, James Waters (JoAnn) of Farmersburg, Ind.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Waters was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary; and a daughter, Cathy Reynolds.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Saturday in Living Water Fellowship Church, 2410 Lind, conducted by Pastor Ken Geisendorfer and Chaplain Dan Brothers. Burial with military honors by the Payson VFW Post No. 2061 and Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail will be in Quincy Memorial Park.

VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. until the time of services Saturday in Living Water Fellowship Church.

MEMORIALS: Great River Honor Flight.

ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Dec. 12 to Dec. 14, 2013
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