John Raymond Waters

John Raymond Waters

April 09, 1951 ~ August 26, 2020

John Raymond Waters, 69 of Ormond Beach, Florida passed away on August 26, 2020 from cardiac complications. Ray was a larger than life personality that touched and impacted a lot of people with his presence, loyalty and sense of humor. He previously resided in South Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia.
Ray was born in Richmond, Virginia on April 9, 1951. He was the oldest of 12 siblings. You can’t talk about Ray’s life without his large tight knit family and the countless stories and bond that they share. He had ten brothers and one sister with dozens of cousins, nieces and nephews. Ray and the Waters family were infamous around Richmond for many years, especially around the West End and Short Pump area where he grew up. That was long before that area was full of movie theaters, gas stations and shopping malls; Ray and his brothers made sure that they didn’t leave any stone unturned, some might say they ran the neighborhood. Ray graduated from JR Tucker High School in 1971. He spent his early adult life in Virginia with his first wife, Gloria Waters, and their son Eric. In his later years, Ray and his spouse Lynn Garrison resided in South Carolina and Florida together. Ray loved Lynn very much and they were an amazing support to one another. Their relationship was guided by love, patience and humor.
Ray is preceded by his mother and father, Florence Wagner Waters and John William Waters Jr., and brothers Kenneth, Russell, Neil, Doug, and Donald. He is survived by his loving spouse, Lynn Garrison, his son Eric Waters and his wife Stacie Waters, Daughter In Law Ashely Bean and her husband Randy Bean. Ray and Lynn have five incredible Grandkids- Georgiana and Elias Waters, Connor Pulley, Hayden and Bradley Bean. Ray had six surviving siblings, Stuart, Jeff, Brion, Scott, Sharon and Paul. He was often considered a favorite uncle by many of his nephews and nieces for his unique sense of humor and personality.
Ray was a loving and proud father, he would run through walls, fire and mountains for his son and family. For many years, he coached soccer and basketball, including coaching some of his son’s teams. A lot of kids in the late 1980s/early 90s around Richmond used to know him as “Coach Ray” or “Coach Waters.”
Ray loved sports and music. Ray and his brothers were in the high school band, he played the baritone sax. Ray had an acute ear for music, he had hundreds of legendary records, cds and tapes. He had a stint as a radio show host on a small college radio station at University of Richmond. In his later years, Ray played competitive softball, golf and bowling. His favorite sports teams were the Washington Redskins, old Yankees teams (including Mickey Mantle) and anything Virginia. Ray also found joy in fishing. His son Eric recalls many fishing trips as a kid with him and his buddies, often waking up at the crack of dawn and heading down to the river or a pond with rods, reels, tackle, breakfast, a cooler and an am/fm radio. Ray grew to love Nascar and spent a lot of time at raceways, especially the Daytona Intl Speedway. He had a health scare in late 2018 and got out of the hospital a mere few weeks before the big race in February. The doctors and nurses said there is no way he would have the energy or ability to make that race. One of his nephews later described his disbelief as he watched Ray boldly walk into the race when people didn’t think he could physically make it.
Ray meant the world to his family and friends. Ray was kind, generous, thoughtful, and always found humor in every situation. While it’s hard to summarize his life because of how robust of a person he really was, if you knew him his presence will live on in us forever and beyond. The family will plan to hold a celebration of life sometime in the future, planned for 2021.


Diana Scapino - Friend

September 9, 2020, 2:53 pm

Ray your the best make friend I ever had, even though we never got to meet in person. I will miss your call and talks we used to have. Fly high my dear friend!! Like you always said when we would finish our talk….l would say love ya and
you said..Love ya right back!!!
Forever my friend !!!

Mary Ann Wray - Class mate

September 9, 2020, 2:56 pm

What a wonderful tribute to a great guy. I went to high school with Ray as did my husband. I was in the marching band with Ray for a brief time at JR Tucker. I can remember him teasing me constantly and we always had fun. He never was at a loss for something funny to say. You will be missed Ray.

Bill Raabe - Friend

September 9, 2020, 3:06 pm

I knew Ray for many years. We attended the same school, he was a good friend. I use to sit over his parents house and watch movies at the drive inn located next to his house. Rest In Peace. Prays to the family.

Haynie Hutto - Friend

September 9, 2020, 3:16 pm

Ray was always to be around while bowling. I will certainly miss him. Condolences to all the family.

Brenda Mills - Friend

September 9, 2020, 3:20 pm

Ray was such an awesome person. Loved chatting with him on Facebook. We had the same thoughts on many issues. I never knew when he was in fb jail lol. Ray told it like it was. I was proud to call Ray my friend.
My prayers are with you all. I know he has left a big hole in your hearts. Praying you will find peace and comfort in knowing Ray is with Our Lord Jesus.

Laura Slater - Former Neighbor

September 9, 2020, 5:26 pm

My condolences to the Waters family. I remember each and every one of you. You all grew up behind my house in Richmond, VA.
I remember watching the brothers playing marbles in the back yard.
Am so sorry for your loss.

Sam Humphrey - Friend

September 9, 2020, 8:47 pm

So Blessed to be a friend !!! Will be missed by all !

Debra Rutherford - High school sweetheart.

September 10, 2020, 2:07 am

I will miss you Raymond. Thank you for getting me through a lot of things in my life. Our talks were heart felt in the time of need. We had a special bond. Never will forget the ring. We had some good times that will not be forgotten. RIP till we meet again.

Cat Edwards - Old friend from bowling

September 10, 2020, 5:35 am

I love your dad and all his stories about you playing basketball and about you riding in the elevator with Patti Labelle and David Letterman at Martin’s wedding.
Best to ya!

George Angle - High School friend

September 10, 2020, 12:36 pm

Ray was in the school band the same years as me. We also hung out in the same crowd at times. He was a fine young man then and it looks like he was a fine man though the years. I haven’t seen him since school but am glad we were FB friends the past few years.
I am so sorry for his family’s loss and I have said a little prayer for you all.

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