Milburn Arthur Waters joined his sweetheart after a separation by death of 5 months and 1 day, nearly to the very hour. His heart is no longer broken but rejoicing. Born March 27, l927 in Etowah, Tennessee, moving shortly after his birth to Maryville, where he remain until his death December 12, 2017. He met the woman of his dreams while sitting in a Forest Hill Church service. She was 15 and he was 19. While he should have been listening to the sermon, instead he was making eyes at a beautiful black hair girl with a winning smile and marvelous blue eyes. From that moment forward he was putty in her hands. They were married June 24, 1949 and remained sweethearts for the next 68 years. During their marriage 3 children were born. Pamela Kaye (Randy) Speed, the late Conchita Lynn Waters and Brent Arthur (Libby) Waters. Three Grandchildren Ashley (Brandon) Speed, Brandon (Jenna) Waters and Ben (Samantha) Waters as well as John and Kira Lichlyter, adopted Grandchildren. They were further blessed with Five Great Grandchildren, Grace, Parker, Lincoln, Tatum, Emmy and soon to be born Colt and the late Braylee Speed. Other family, left with grief stricken hearts at his passing are Brothers and Sisters in law, James and Pat Young, Dewey and JoAnn Young, Charles and Donna Young, Carolyn and Herman Fleming, Nancy and Reed Bryson, Cindy Young and Kay Young. Special life long friend Archie Clark. He was preceded in death by his Father and Mother, Arthur D. and Edna June Waters, Brothers in law Lazell Chapman, Don Young and Larry Young, Sisters and Brothers in law, Pauline Chapman (Ray) Millsaps and Juanita Chapman (Lonnie) Cope. Special cousin, James Richard (JR) Waters. Milburn started his adult career by working for Mr. Condry where he learned much about business. He began working at Davis Chevrolet (now West Chevrolet) in the late 1940’s and remained there until he was elected to the Blount County Clerk position. He retired after 20 years of service having been named County Clerk of the year for two consecutive years and he was instrumental in passage of many Tennessee laws. Milburn was extremely active in Blount County throughout his life. Among the many organizations he was affiliated with were March of Dimes, Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star, Young Man of the Year as a Jaycee , long standing member of the Blount County Republican Executive Committee, Chilhowee Baptist Association, instrumental in the Hillbilly Home Coming and Empty Pantry Fund, a Mason in good standing of over 65 years, having preformed over 400 Masonic Funerals across Tennessee all done by memory, as a Shriner he was responsible for assisting many children with medical needs. He was a life long and faithful member of Forest Hill Baptist. He was an active Deacon and his service to his church remained unquestionable until his death. Most importantly he was a marvelous Daddy, Granddaddy and Great Granddaddy, always there when needed. He made us stand proud. Family will receive friends Saturday, December 16, At Forest Hill Baptist Church, from 1 to 3 PM with funeral services to follow. Officiating will be Rev. Gary Thomas and Rev. Johnnie Thornton of GA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Forest Hill Baptist Church for the benefit of the Blount County Senior Outreach program. A super special thank you, to Dr. Mark Green for his love and compassion for his friend and our daddy. Without your help Daddy’s passing would not have been without struggle when the Angels took him to meet his sweetheart. And to all those willing to take of their time to convey their feelings about the impact Daddy had on their lives.
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