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Rev. Thomas L Waters

August 5, 1926 ~ December 9, 2013 (age 87)

    Rev. Thomas L. Waters, 87, of 2122 Rainbow Lane, went home to be with the Lord at 8:40 p.m. Monday (December 9, 2013) in Blessing Hospital.

   Born August 5, 1926 in Baylis, Illinois, Tom was the son of Rev. James and Chloe Lee Waters. He married Mary Catherine Welch on July 28, 1946 in Macomb, Illinois. She preceded him in death on February 21, 2005. He married Joyce Ingram on March 26, 2006 in Quincy. She survives.

   Mr. Waters served his country in the U. S. Army during WW II, serving in the Phillippines. He was blessed to participate on an Honor Flight in 2011.

    Pastor Tom attended Open Arms Ministries.  He loved teaching the Gospel and serving the Lord by volunteering as a Chaplain at Blessing Hospital, playing the piano for the National Day of Monthly Prayer for many years, and with his shows on WTJR TV which included, "A Song and the Word", "Sweet Annointing"and "This is My Story". Tom was the pianist for the G Men Gospel Quartet and the Gospelaires and had recorded several albums over the years.  Pastor Tom was also well known in the area for serving the needs of others at weddings and funerals of those without a church.

   Tom was employed as a plumber at Brockschmidt Plumbing until he opened his own business, Waters Plumbing. He later received his Doctor of Divinity from New Word Bible  Institute in Hayti, Missouri and was ordained in the Baptist Church and was called to serve at Grandview Baptist Church, Hester Baptist Church and Living Water Full Gospel Fellowship. He later began Abundant Life Ministries and was an evangelist throughout the area.

   Survivors include his wife, Joyce; three sons, Thomas Waters (Suzi) and Rev. James "Jay" Waters (Lynn) both of Quincy and Jeffrey Waters (Sandra) of Payson; a daughter, Frances Rhodes (Michael) of Ft. Worth, TX; two step daughters, Wendy Buckley (Rod) of Quincy and Kim Hensley (Rick) of Weir, KS; a son in law, Ray Reynolds of Davenport, FL;  thirteen grandchildren, Brian Reynolds (Dawn), Jenni Deacon (Rob), Tony Rhodes (Katie), Nicholas Rhodes, Christopher Rhodes, Erin Rhodes-McLellan (Sean), Ryan Waters, Ashley Waters, Logan Waters, Alexander Waters, Brittany Waters, Zachary Waters, Brandon Meyer (Stephanie); four step grandchildren,  Amanda Klingele (Bryan), Dalton Buckley, Mindy Buck and Dani Scrivner (Dustin); fourteen great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; a brother, James Waters (JoAnn) of Farmersburg, IN; and many loving nieces and nephews.

  Rev. Waters was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary; and a daughter, Cathy Reynolds.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 in Living Water Fellowship Church, 2410 Lind, by Pastor Ken Geisendorfer and Chaplain Dan Brothers.  Burial with Military Honors by the Payson V.F.W. Post 2061 and Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail will be in Quincy Memorial Park.

   Visitation will be Friday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and Saturday morning from 9:00 until the time of services at Living Water Fellowship.

   Memorials may be made to the Great River Honor Flight.
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