LEGION BASEBALL: Services for Waters, ex-Post 48 leader and State Commissioner, this week

Published Monday, June 15th, 2020

Receiving on Tuesday night , celebration of life on

Wednesday afternoon at Providence Baptist Church




HICKORY – Roy C. Waters — a fixture in American Legion baseball at both a local and state level for more than 25 years – will be buried on Wednesday.

Waters, 84, became athletic director for Hickory Post 48 in 1989 – serving in that role through 2015 – and he was also State Commissioner for 20 years.


He died on Saturday at his residence.

Elected into the Legion Hall of Fame in 1997, Waters was best known for his roles as the leader of Hickory Post 48 baseball and during his tenure as state chairman. In the latter role, he presided over rulings on protests and assured all Legion rules were followed in those situations.

He also was a game clock operator for Fred T. Foard High baseball from 1975 through 2009, working of many of those years with the late Jerry Copas, a legendary head coach for the Tigers.

Fore Rembert, who will help officiate at Waters’ service, was one of seven head coaches Waters worked with at Post 48. The list also includes former prep head coaches Marty Curtis (Bunker Hill), Dwayne Finger (Maiden), Jeff Price (Fred T. Foard), Dusty Ellis (Maiden), Chip Watts (St. Stephens) and Bunker Hill star Cameron Beard (Bears’ junior varsity head coach, played at Catawba College).

Waters’ family will receive friends on June 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church in Hickory.

A service to celebrate Waters’ life will be held on June 17 at 3 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church.

Rev. Chris Dale, Rev. Carson Mosely, and Fore Rembert – one of the seven Post 48 head coaches who worked with Waters — will officiate.

Burial with military honors by Amvets Post 76-Hickory will follow in the church cemetery.


Roy Carl Waters, 84, of Hickory passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at his residence.
He was born March 13, 1936 in Catawba County to the late Carl Franklin Waters and Elma Story Waters.

Roy was a member of Providence Baptist Church in Hickory and a United States Army veteran serving in the Korean War as a medic.

He was a member of American Legion Post 48, where he served four terms as commander. Roy also served as State Chairman of American Legion baseball for 20 years and served as athletic director of Hickory Post 48 American Legion baseball team for 26 years.

He was inducted into the North Carolina American Legion Hall of Fame in 1997.

Roy was a charter and founding member of Mountain View Fire Department, where he served for 28 years.

He was involved in Fred T. Foard High School sports for 36 years and enjoyed racing, baseball and officiating high school baseball and basketball games.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Jackie M. Waters; grandson, Nathan A. Waters; brother, James Waters; sister, Shirley Wilson; brothers-in-law, Bill Dellinger and David Thompson; sister-in-law, Eva Waters.

Those left to cherish his memory are:

His wife: Darnell Brittain Waters of the home.

Sons: Tony Waters and wife Pam of Hickory, Carl Waters and wife Penny of Lenoir.
Stepson: J.R. Sigmon and wife Olivia of Newton.

Daughters: Robin Fairbanks and husband Joel of Hickory, Lisa Harmon and friend Terri of Hickory.

Stepdaughter: Cynthia Lail and husband Mark of Hickory.

Brother: Ted Waters of Hickory.

Sisters: Faye Thompson of Hickory, Doris Yount and husband David of Hickory, Rita Dellinger of Hickory, Kaye Dixon of Hickory.

Brother-in-law: Glenn Wilson of Hickory.

Grandchildren: T.J. Fairbanks, Tiffany Filbeck (Ray), Kristen Henderson (Lee), Brittany Null (Josh), Amber Waters (Xan), Katie Helms (Mike), Chase Harmon.

Step-grandchildren: Austin Sigmon (Mary Elizabeth), Hayden Lail, Dawson Mooney, Brandon Mooney (Simone), Daniel Mace

Roy also has 15 great grandchildren along with many special friends he made over the years.

A service to celebrate Roy’s life will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 3 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church in Hickory. Rev. Chris Dale, Rev. Carson Mosely, and Mr. Fore Rembert will officiate.

Burial with military honors by Amvets Post 76-Hickory will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church.

Those serving as pallbearers are; Chase Harmon, Josh Null, Ray Filbeck, Lee Henderson, Austin Sigmon, Hayden Lail, Mike Helms and Mike Pope. Honorary pallbearers are; Brandon Mooney, Dawson Mooney, Xan Cook and the Sunday School Class at Providence Baptist Church.

The family would like to thank the staff of Carolina Caring for their compassionate care.
Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church, 7618 Providence Church Rd., Hickory, 28602.

Condolences may be sent to the Waters’ family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com

The Waters’ family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton (828-465-2111).

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Waters please visit the Tribute Store at Bennett Funeral Service’s website page (link above).

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