Rev. Bob E. Waters, Retired
November 22, 1927 – March 17, 2018
Rev. Bob E. Waters, 90, passed away March 17, 2018. Born November 22, 1927, he graduated from high school in Woodville, Texas in 1945. After attending Lon Morris College for two years, he married Violet Vaughan of Port Neches, Texas; the two of them graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1949. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He joined the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1951, and was ordained Deacon in 1952 and Elder in 1953.
After serving churches in Orange, Beaumont, and Kountze, Texas, he was pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Texas City, Texas from 1964 to 1969; Tennison Memorial United Methodist Church in Mount Pleasant, Texas from 1969 to 1975; and A&M United Methodist Church in College Station, Texas from 1975 to 1987. That year he was appointed District Superintendent of the Beaumont District, where he served until his retirement in 1993.
Bob is survived by his wife of more than 70 years, Violet Waters; their children, Vaughan Waters of San Antonio, Texas, Wesley Waters of Woodville, Texas, Stephen Waters of Center, Texas, and Suzanne Weeks of Killeen, Texas; ten grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. Among his favorite Bible verses was that of Romans 8:38 – 8:39: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. Monday evening, March 19th, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan, Texas; the funeral will take place at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, followed by burial in Woodville at 3:00 p.m. Honorary pallbearers are the United Methodist Church, its Clergy and Members. In lieiu of flowers, donations may be made to any church affiliated with Bob’s ministry.
“God, bless the law that tells us we are incomplete and needy. But God, bless us even more with the love that restores and makes new! Grant us grace – grace enough to live in a covenant with You. And that will be all we need. Amen.” — Bob E. Waters, “Rise, and Have No Fear”
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