WILLIAM LINOS WATERS
July 8, 1923 - May 15, 2005
This memorial is presented by Linos' daughter, Katherine Roe.
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William Linos Waters was born on July 8, 1923 to Alvin H. Waters (1882-1959) and Sarah Casey (1884-1961). His devoted wife, Nell Frances Cole, was born on November 7, 1921. The two shared more than 62 years together. Linos left this earthly life on May 15, 2005, and Frances expired on September 1, 2005. The caption on their monument, "Beyond the Sunset", so beautifully describes their eternal existence together.
The couple is survived by their two children, Larry A. Waters and wife Jane Ann, and Katherine A. Roe and husband Lyle. Linos and Frances were blessed with three grandchildren and four greatchildren. Linos has two surviving sisters and Frances has two brothers living.
Linos served as mayor of Big Sandy 1991-1999, and again from 2001-May, 2005. The town was improved during his terms with such projects as the Memorial Park, a walking trail, enlarged city ballfield, sewer rehabilitation, a new post office facility, fire department equipment, housing development (15) for local residents, the new City Hall, and much improved water service with a new water tower.
Linos was a member of Ramble Creek Missionary Baptist Church, a 32nd degree Mason, and a proud veteran of World War II. He served in the 93rd Calvary Reconnaissance in the Battle of Rhineland in Central Europe. He served as a Benton County Commissioner, county electric board, election commission, and road supervisor. As a young man, he was one of the first employees of TVA, New Johnsonville, and later worked for CONALCO and the State Highway Department.
Frances was an excellent homemaker and mother. She was gifted with the ability to preserve homegrown vegetables, fruits, and meats. Most of her life was spent reading the Bible, caring for her family, baby sitting her niece, and working in the Big Sandy School Cafeteria. Her husband counted on her for quiet, endearing support and honest guidance. They spent many hours sharing conversation about their grandchildren. In later days, one of the couple's favorite books was The Purpose Driven Life. May they rest together throughout eternity.
"Do Not Stand"
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle Autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circle flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there. I do not die.
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