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Charles M. Waters Obituary

Obituary Notice:

Charles McManus Waters, 86, who retired in 1985 from Austin Peay State University as professor of English, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at his Clarksville residence.

Waters was born May 11, 1920, in Montgomery County, in the area that is now Fort Campbell, and was the son of Herman Edward and Zona Cornell Waters.

Waters graduated from Clarksville High School and served in World War II. Waters obtained his B.S. degree from Austin Peay State University and his M.A. from the University of Tennessee.

Waters became a member of the Austin Peay State College faculty in 1948, where he continued as an English professor until his retirement in 1985. During his years at Austin Peay, he served as sponsor of the college newspaper, The All State, and various other student publications, as well as faculty adviser to Phi Kappa Phi honor society. In 1979 he was honored by the University with the Distinguished Professor Award.

Waters compiled and edited “The First Fifty Years of Austin Peay State University,” a book to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the school in 1977. He also wrote scripts for two movies produced by the University in 1954 and 1956. He wrote and edited “Historic Clarksville-Bicentennial Story” in 1984 and wrote “A History of Bethlehem United Methodist Church.” He was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, where he served many years as treasurer, Sunday school teacher, choir member and historian.

He served as writer and editor of “Cumberland Lore” for 13 years. Waters was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Montgomery County Historical Society and a former docent at the Customs House Museum.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn "Peggy" Waters; two daughters, Valerie Lavery (Jim) of Clarksville and Melanie Gardner (Paul) of Nashville; and four grandchildren, Carrie and Elliott Lavery, Shelby Gardner and Lindsey Gardner Waugh (Justin).

Memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 3155, Clarksville, TN 37043.