Ruth Joanne Walters – Wake Forest Obituary

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Ruth Joanne Walters

Dec 1, 1938 – Jan 26, 2016

Ruth Joanne Walters

Ruth Joanne Wentz Walters, 77, of Wake Forest, went to be with the Lord, on Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, January 27th in The Chapel of Bright Funeral Home with the Rev. David A. Shaffer and Dr. Charles Bright officiating. A funeral service will also be held at Sheets Memorial Baptist Church, 210 Cotton Grove Rd. in Lexington at 1 o’clock Thursday afternoon with Rev. Frankie Matthews officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Lexington.

She was born December 1, 1938 in Charlotte to the late Joe Daniel Wentz and Edna Ruth Kimble Wentz. Joanne was her class valedictorian. She worked for many years as a legal secretary before joining her husband, Pastor M.L. Walters, as his church secretary. Joanne accepted the Lord on May 27th, 1964. She was dedicated to her family and her church. She was active as a minister’s wife, organist, and Sunday school teacher. She was a doting grandmother as well as a 21 year, stage three, cancer survivor. Joanne loved to sew; she was a very skilled seamstress who made both of her daughters’ wedding gowns as well as many clothes for them. She also was very fond of flowers and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her son, David Eugene Walters, a sister, Janet Wentz and her parents.

Joanne is survived by: her husband, of 58 years, Rev. M.L. Walters of Wake Forest; her children and their spouses, Joe and Dawn Walters of Wake Forest, Johnny and Paula Walters of Louisburg, Kathy and Robert Bailey of Wake Forest and Karen Walters of Pittsburgh, PA; ten grandchildren, Christopher and Benjamin Walters, Emily Parnell, Sophie, Luci and Keegan Walters, David, Lauryn, Aaron and Elizabeth Bailey; a sister, Joyce (Dale) Weisent; three sisters-in-law, Carolyn Williams, Joyce Taylor and Vivian Brooks; two brother-in-laws, Dwight and Kenneth Walters.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to both services in Wake Forest and Lexington, and also from 6-8 pm Tuesday at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587 (919-556-5811)