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Rayford Waters

August 29, 1925 ~ February 20, 2021 (age 95)

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Rayford Carroll Waters, 95, resident of 601 Barnwell St.widower of Betty Jean Rudder Waters passed away peacefully Saturday Feb. 20, 2021 at Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood, SC.

Born in Abbeville, SC he was a son of the late Dewitt Waters and Roberta Hutchinson Waters McNair.

Rayford proudly serviced his country during WWII as a Navy Veteran. He was a retired textile employee/security officer at the Abbeville Sharon Plant. Rayford enjoyed gardening and keeping his yard clean and neat but, his real joy was caring for his family.

Survivors are: three daughters Linda Waters Cheek of New Smyrna, FL, Joyce Elaine Waters Hall of Lowndesville, SC and Stephanie Dawn Waters Copelan of Abbeville, SC; a son Richard Waters of Fayetteville, TN; and thirty-one grandchildren.

Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday Feb. 24, 2021 at 2:00 PM in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with Rev. Marion Argo officiating with Military Honors.

The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon from 12:30 until 1:30 PM at the Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home prior to graveside services.

Memorials in memory of Rayford may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 478 Craighead St., Nashville, TN 37204 or to the American Heart Association, 3535 Pelham Rd., Suite 101, Greenville, SC 29615.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Rayford Waters, please visit our floral store.


February 24, 2021

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Chandler Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC 29620

Graveside Service
February 24, 2021

2:00 PM
Forest Lawn Memory Gardens
2699-SC 72
Abbeville, SC 29620

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