Kenneth Ray Waters Sr.

December 25, 1948 - August 6, 2023
Kenneth Ray Waters Sr.
Kenneth Ray Waters Sr., affectionately known as Kenny, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2023, at the age of 74. He was born on December 25, 1948, in Washington, NC, and his passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew him.

Kenny had an illustrious career that spanned various fields, leaving an impact on those he served. After graduating Washington High School in 1968, he enlisted to serve in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Upon his return, Kenny dedicated himself to public service, spending several years as a Washington firefighter before joining the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. During his two decades as a law enforcement officer, he passionately taught countless fifth graders the lessons of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E.), utilizing his knowledge and experience to educate and guide others towards better choices; ensuring the safety and well-being of his community for generations to come. In 2009, Kenny retired from the Pitt County Sheriff's Office but continued working part-time even after retirement.

Kenny found solace and inspiration in the mountains of western North Carolina. Their vastness and beauty captivated his spirit, providing him with a sense of tranquility and perspective. He and his family vacationed there as often as possible.
Kenny's devotion to his family was unwavering, and his passing leaves a void that will be deeply felt. He is preceded in death by his father, Dallas Wilton Waters, his mother Doris Dunbar Waters and his nephew Lee Waters.

Kenny is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Karon Harris Waters. His daughter: Lou Montana-Rhodes (Charles), son: Kenneth Ray Waters Jr. (Kyla), stepson: Daniel Selby (Patty), stepdaughter: Gentry Setters (Jason), 2 brothers Dallas "Bubba" Waters (Deborah), Ted Waters (Anne Kerner), and his beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In honoring Kenny's legacy, a private funeral service will be held at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. It is there that he will find eternal rest, surrounded by the very mountains that brought him such joy and inspiration.

Though Kenny may no longer walk among us, his spirit lives on, forever guiding and inspiring us to make a positive difference in the lives of others.


A Celebration of Life is Scheduled for Thursday August 10, 2023 between 6 to 8 PM at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Services

Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Service of Washington, NC is serving the Waters family.

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  • Thursday, August 10, 2023

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  • August 23, 2023
    KIM MITCHELL says:
    KARON I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF KENNYS PASSING. I AM SENDING HUGS AND PRAYERS YOUR WAY. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THERE IS ANYTHING I CAN DO FOR YOU.

  • August 20, 2023
    Robert Clark says:
    Sorry for your loss, I remember working with Kenny at the Sheriff’s Office years ago.

  • August 19, 2023
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  • August 11, 2023
    Dail Owens says:
    Karon , I'm so sorry for your loss, I'll keep you in my prayers.

  • August 11, 2023
    Joyce Cutler says:
    Dear Family, Thinking of you and sending love. Joyce Cutler

  • August 10, 2023
    Dearl Roughton says:
    I am so sorry to hear about Kenny’s passing. We worked together in Law Enforcement. Prayers for his family.

  • August 09, 2023
    Jade Harris says:
    Lou. Sorry for your loss. It's hard to lose your Daddy!

  • August 09, 2023
    Osborne Ray Scott Jr says:
    I am so sorry to hear of Kenny Passing. Kenny was a Great Guy. Easy to talk with, always willing to help. He will truly be missed. My Thoughts and Prayers are with the Waters Family.

  • August 09, 2023
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  • August 09, 2023
    Kathy Adams says:
    Thoughts and prayers! He was a friendly fellow!

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  • August 09, 2023
    Rachel Warner says:
    I met Kenny when he just started with the Sheriff’s Department. Lou and family, I’m sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  • August 09, 2023
    Deryl & Carla Bass says:
    Karon and family, May God comfort you all and give you peace as you mourn the loss of your husband, your father and grandfather.

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  • August 09, 2023
    William and Felecia Taylor says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  • August 09, 2023
    Joyce Cutler says:
    Dear Family, Thinking of you and sending love. Joyce Cutler

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  • August 08, 2023
    Fonda Gautier says:
    Kenny was a wonderful man. He will be missed. Prayers of comfort for his family.

  • August 08, 2023
    Red and Connie Lewis says:
    We are so very sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. We are praying for your peace and comfort.

  • August 08, 2023
    Donald (Dondi) Dixon says:
    I'm sorry to see Sgt Waters passed away. I haven't seen him in a couple of years, but I've thought of him often. He was my last Sgt at the Sheriff's Office - great guy to work with. My thoughts and prayers are with Kenny's family and friends.

  • August 08, 2023
    Mark and Nora Jo Woolard says:
    So sorry for your loss. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God continue to bless each of you.

  • August 08, 2023
    Patti Newbern says:
    Heaven gained this special man. Prayers for Sissy and our family

  • August 08, 2023
    Cathy Craig says:
    Lou and family, Kenny will truly be missed he always had a smile on his face and kind words... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family I am so sorry for your loss.