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David Tutherly Watters


David Tutherly Watters, 61, passed away peacefully at home on November 21, 2018, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. David was born in Spartanburg, SC, the son of the late Alfred Adair Watters Jr. and Natalie Dale Walker Watters.

David attended Spartanburg Day School and graduated from Christ School in Arden, NC. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar with a degree in Journalism. After working for the Winston-Salem Journal as a police reporter, David served for six years in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer. While based at Camp Lejeune, he deployed to the Mediterranean and Western Pacific before spending two years as a Series Commander at the Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot at Parris Island.

David returned to UNC-CH for his Law and MBA degrees after leaving active duty with the Marines. During the first semester of law school he met his future wife, Charlotte Fischer. After graduating, David practiced law in Winston-Salem before joining Wachovia Bank's Wealth Management Division. David later established a law practice in Raleigh, focusing on estate planning and administration. David's service to others, his love of people, and his lifelong ability to nurture friendships served him well in his legal practice as he guided families through difficult times as a trusted advisor, giving sensitive and caring counsel.

David remained active in the Marine Reserves, earning the rank of Colonel. He deployed overseas to Bosnia as a Civil Affairs Officer and to Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq for the early stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While there, he served as Senior Deployed Historian for Gen. Tommy Franks and the United States Central Command. Finally, he served in eastern Africa as Director of Plans for the Combined Joint Task Force — Horn of Africa. Prior to retiring from the Reserves, he was asked to write an operational history of the Marine Forces Reserve in Iraq and Afghanistan, which was published in 2008. With the exception of the pride and affection David had for his family, his service as a Marine was one of the most meaningful parts of his life.

David had the gift to encourage, mentor and guide others, and he used this gift generously with his sons, friends, students, attorneys, Marines and Boy Scouts. As an Eagle Scout and the father of two Eagle Scouts, David took pride in his association with scouting and his work with Troop 357, particularly in his role as mentor and leader for a group of young men on a 100-mile, two-week backpacking excursion through Philmont Scout Ranch. Similarly, he was devoted to his children's academic, athletic and musical endeavors.

In addition to his wife, Charlotte, David is survived by his two sons, Mark Harrison Watters of Charlotte, NC, and John Wilson Watters of Chapel Hill, NC; brother A. Adair Watters III (Holly) of Spartanburg, SC; and sisters Ellen Wilkins (Tom) of South Burlington, VT and Florence Godfrey (Richard) of Greenville, SC.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 8th at 2:00 pm at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 1520 Canterbury Road, Raleigh, NC. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

David and his family would like to thank neighbors, Christ School and law school classmates, Marines, fraternity brothers, friends, clients and business associates for their support and encouragement this past year. Additionally, they also want to express their deepest appreciation for the exceptional health team at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center for the care they provided. Memorial contributions may be made to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710, or to a .
Published in The News & Observer on Nov. 28, 2018
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