- March 17, 2021
Council Eugene Walters, 75, of Flat Rock, North Carolina passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
The son of Council and Clydia Walters, Gene was born on March 23, 1945 in Pensacola, Florida. He grew up in Baldwin County, Alabama along the Gulf Coast. Gene attended Bob Jones University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Bible. Gene began his teaching career at Santa Rosa Christian School in Milton, Florida. He then moved to Bradenton, FL where he taught at Community Christian School for many years. He later taught at Citrus Park Christian School in Tampa and West Florida Christian School in Sarasota. In addition to his teaching duties, Gene served as Chaplain for the Chicago White Sox in Sarasota and enjoyed ministering to players during Spring Training as well as Sarasota’s Minor League Teams during the regular season.
In 1995 Gene moved to Henderson County, North Carolina and spent 7 years teaching at Faith Christian School. Due to a progressive eye disease and his subsequent loss of sight, Gene retired early from teaching. For many years, Gene has remained active in his local church, Bethany Bible Church, teaching Sunday School and performing the duties of a lay pastor.
Gene was preceded in death by his first wife, Miriam S. Walters, in 1993. He is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 22 years, Debbie Garren Walters; his daughter Jennifer Walters; son and daughter-in-law Willie and Melissa Walters. His grandchildren are Jackson Council Smith, Callie Smith, Cora Walters, Lila Walters, and Titus Walters. Surviving also are brother Ken Walters and wife Judy of Clermont, Florida; sister, Susan Flechas and husband Jorge of Cuenca, Ecuador; and nephews Jon and David Walters and their families. He also leaves behind many dear students, most of whom claim Mr. Walters taught much more than mathematics.
Gene was a friend and mentor to many. Gene had a gift for memorizing, especially his most beloved book, The Bible or as he would say, “The Good Book.” He loved to go fishing, whether with a cast net or a pole, and many times fellowship involved frying fish. He is described as humble, kind, wise, never complaining, and always pointing people toward his Savior. To paraphrase Philippians 1:21, “For Gene to live was Christ, and to die is gain.”
A graveside service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Fruitland Baptist Church Cemetery, Hendersonville, North Carolina. All friends and family are invited to attend.
A memorial service will be held at Mud Creek Baptist Church on April 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: Independent Baptist Mission for Asians or IBMA P.O. Box 912, Marietta, OH 45750.