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Waters, Jr., Claude C.

Waters, Jr., Claude C.

July 26, 1952 — October 26, 2020

Claude C. Waters, Jr., 68, passed away October 26, 2020 in Lawrenceville, GA.

“Buggie Keyters” was born July 26, 1952, and was the first child of Claude “Sonny” Waters and Josie Marie Waters. When Josie died December 23, 1958, she left her three sons Claude Jr. “Buggie”; Warren Anthony “Babe Brother”; and Kevin Renord “Squirrel” to be raised by their Aunt Odessa “Mama Dess” and Uncle Jeff “Daddy Jeff” Williams in the 54th Street, Mozier Township, Dunbar neighborhood.

Claude was educated in the Kansas City Public School system attending Graceland Elementary and Southeast High School. In 1970 he completed training as a Certified Nursing Assistant at KC Technical School. He received his Associate in Arts degree from Longview Community College in 1997.

Claude and Don were fortunate to cross paths in 1978 and immediately formed a lifelong bond with each other. Their love for and commitment to each other was apparent to all who knew them and in 2014 they exchanged vows to also be a couple in the eyes of the law.

Claude was eager to make his way in this world and started working at the age of twelve cleaning silverware at the Muehlebach Hotel. With his CNA in hand, he began a long career in health care at the nursing home on 70th and Cleveland, across the street from the family home so that he could work and keep an eye on what was happening at the house with Warren and Mama Dess. Claude remained committed to their care and well being throughout their lives. He moved on to work at Lakeside Hospital, Children’s Mercy, KU Medical Center and for fourteen years at Humana Health Care rising to Supervisor of the Urgent Care program at the Wornall Medical Center. His last job in health care was at Trinity Hospital Rehabilitation Services teaching life skills to patients with brain injuries. At Don’s urging, Claude changed career paths in 1997 and began working for the IRS. In Kansas City, he served on the Black Employee Special Emphasis Program Committee, the Service Center Site Committee, as a Board Member on the Association for the Improvement of Minorities (AIM) and was a Union representative. Claude, Don and Warren moved to Atlanta, GA, in 2002 where he served as an EEO Counselor until his retirement in 2007.

Claude loved life, people and experiencing new things. As a young man, Scouting was a big part of his life. He was a Cub and Boy Scout and went on to be the Scout Master of Troop 99. He was the health care director for Camp Nash Scout Camp in 1976 and 1977. He was inducted as a medicine man in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, an honor society recognizing his scouting achievements. From 1994 to 1998 he served on the Board of Directors of the Good Samaritan Project, a help program for people living with HIV-AIDS.

Buggie loved being in church and was always an active participant. Claude was a member of Wills Chapel AME from birth. At the age of fourteen he joined his Uncles’ growing church Good Samaritan Baptist. He later returned to worship with his many family members at Willis and served as a Pastor’s Steward, Steward Usher, Choir Member and Missionary. Claude became a member of New Bethel AME church upon moving to Atlanta in 2002 and leaves many cherished friends at New Bethel. He was on the Usher Board, participated in the Healing Hearts and Congregational Care Ministries and worked in the Community Outreach Center that offers free food and clothing to those in need.

Claude reached out to family and friends by sending cards for any and all occasions. He was a friend to all, including every employee of every store he shopped at. He enjoyed arranging flowers, was a good cook, and loved giving parties big and small. He was always ready to play bid whist. Later in life he enjoyed learning to play the piano and took lessons. He had an acting career and was an extra in two movies, Robert Altman’s “Kansas City” and Regina King’s “Let the Church Say Amen”. Claude and Don travelled extensively beginning when they first met, making many life-long friends along the way.

Proceeded in death by his parents, Claude C Waters Sr. and Josie Marie Waters; stepmother Marion Jo Waters; aunt Odessa Williams; uncle Warren Williams; brothers Warren Waters, Kevin Waters, Kip Bonds Sr. and Bobby Fuhr; sister Rosalind Clark; grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins each of which Claude loved with all of his heart.

Left to cherish his memory are his husband Donald Keyton; mother-in-law Shirley Dougherty; stepmother Mattie Finks, sisters Claire Karnofski (Ron Autry); Gale Waters; Sally Shoemaker (Bob); Susan Keyton (Bob Campbell); Kim Bonds-Fuhr; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and friends.

Visitation will be 3-5PM, Sunday, November 8 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd. Services will be private; burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Visitation will be 3-5PM, Sunday, November 8 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd. Services will be private; burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Waters, Jr., Claude C.'s Guestbook

Don - when I received the word that Buggie had passed I was truly saddened. I am very sorry for you’re loss. Claude leaves so many good memory to a lot of us. A smile come to my face when I think of his laughter. To know our dear sweet Buggie is not suffering anymore. He will be an angel for us all. God bless Robbin Boone and son Julian

Robbin Boone

My goodness Don... where do I begin? Claude has been a special person to us all and lit up EVERY room he entered! He was such an intricate member of the Healing Hearts Ministry family and will surely be missed. I reflected on my last time seeing him at New Bethel's Valentine Dinner and have the best picture of him in that beautiful mink coat! I want you to know that Claude was loved dearly and I am sure is hosting the best party in Heaven in top notch fashion! Love you Much!!!

Chae Gardenhire

My Dearest Don, please accept my heartfelt condolences. As you already know I truly loved Claude to Heaven and I will continue to love you to Life! Thank you for accepting my mom and I as part of your Georgia Family. My prayers go out to you, all the family and all those who mourn the loss of our beloved Claude. Forever in our hearts love Michelle and Martha, your Georgia Family.

Michelle Baptiste and Martha Willis

Don, Deepest sympathy & condolences. Met Claude & u thru my daughter, Chae Lloyd Gardenhire & church’s Healing Hearts ministry visiting your loving & lovely home.

Patricia M. Walton

Claude, I will miss your bright smile when you come to see me at work. You always brighten my day with your visits. I will miss you dearly. Don, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lots of love Reanna ❤️

Reanna Singh

Bro Claude you are truly going to be missed. Don, prayers to you and your family. God Bless. RIP Claude 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Mary JoJo Butler

Claude, you will be greatly missed!! Don, my thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Much Love always, Joy B.

Joy Belmosa

Don, I’ll never forget when I first met Claude. I was his Class Leader and he and I would converse by phone before we actually met face to face. I finally met and really got to know you and him well when he started to volunteer at the Outreach Center (Food & Clothing Pantry.) We volunteers became very close because there was never a dull moment when Claude was there.  Our friendship extended beyond the Outreach Center because Claude loved entertaining at home. We all become family!  My prayers and thoughts are with you and all of your family. I’m here if I can do anything for you! Love you! ❤️ Your extended family member, Judy

Judy Fultz

Claude, we wish that we had been able to spend more time with you. Your cards of thoughtfulness were always wonderful, and Christina loved her pink watch. You were a beacon of light that beamed the meaning of true love of mankind. Don and you were a beautiful and loving couple. You will be truly missed.

Rev. Bobby Robinson and Betty Davis-Robinson

I will never forget meeting Claude and Don at the theatre. We hit it off immediately and I was blessed with TWO brothers. Their love and support have meant everything. Claude, your laughter and sense of humor will be sorely missed. Don you will see me soon; and you will always remain in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Joy

Leslye Joy Allen

Buggie, you have now gone home to rest. Take your place with baby brother, Kevin, your mother, and moma dess. All the rest of your family waiting in the wings. While God's symphony starts to sing. Beautiful is the music up there To welcome you home from your journey down here. We loved you much and we will miss you more. But glad we had the time with you for sure. Now take your place with God's amazing grace. Until we meet again my friend. My condolences to Don, and all the Water's Family.

Sue Young

My Best Friend You Will Be Missed Prayers For Don Your One And Only True Love , Family And Friends. Heaven Is Rejoicing.

Martha Willis Thompson

Don, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find strength and peace during this time. We pray that God comforts you as you turn to him in prayer, knowing that your loved one is forever in His care. With heartfelt sympathy, Love Michael & Tonya Hood and Avonte

Tonya Hood

May God bless your family at this time of great sorrow. Rest In Peace Bro. Claude!

Michael Walker

Don: May God wrap his arms around you and the family during this time. Buggie will be missed. Love you!

Terri Davis

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