Fri Sep 18, 2020

Franklin Carl Walters

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Franklin Carl Walters rounded the bases and made it to his heavenly home on August 5, 2020. He was born Oct. 26, 1941, in Whiteville, the son of Stutts Olin Walters and Margret Nance Walters.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Jay Franklin.

Coach was a lifetime educator of 50 years, coach and avid baseball lover. He spent 30 years as Headmaster, teacher and coach at Waccamaw Academy,  as well as serving as announcer for Whiteville Wolfpack Baseball and Post 137 Baseball.

He was a Whiteville High School graduate and athlete. He went on to play semi-pro baseball and was a graduate of Campbell University.

A private family service will be held. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will be held to include all of the students, parents and friends of our beloved coach at a later date. A live Facebook feed of coach’s service will be on the Peacock Funeral Home & Crematory official Facebook page on Saturday, Aug. 8, beginning shortly before 11 a.m.  Please copy and paste the following link into your search bar for access to the feed:

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To cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Sylvia Absher Walters; two daughters, Jan Walters Hardee and husband, Andy, of Tabor City, Beth Walters Harper and husband, Willis, of Whiteville; grandchildren, Colby, Collin and Leah Hooks of Whiteville, Ashley Hardee Fleenor and husband, Collin, of Conway, S.C., Emily Harper Tomasik and husband, Tyler, Will, Morgan and Banks Harper, one sister, Phyllis Walters Mork and husband, Dorlan, of Charlotte; along with all of his “children” that he taught, coached and mentored.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in coach’s memory to the Coach Walters Memorial Fund at the State Employees Credit Union or by mail, State Employees Credit Union, 275 Flowers Pridgen Dr., Whiteville, N.C. 28472. Please make checks payable to Sylvia Walters.

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Community Events

september, 2020

18sep11:00 am11:59 pmNC Museum Of Natural Sciences at Whiteville Get Outdoors Photo Competition. Submit entries by Friday, September 18.All ages and abilities are encouraged to enter photos.

19sep8:00 am1:00 pmHoney Day at Columbus County Farmers MarketFeaturing honey and honey products, plus farm fresh products including figs, okra, peppers, squash, fresh cut flowers, eggs, jams, jellies, pickles, handmade wood crafts and more.

22sep9:00 am1:00 pmNC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville open to the public Sept. 22Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

23sep6:45 pmA virtual chimney swift watch on Facebook Live with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences of WhitevilleJoin John Gerwin, research curator of Ornithology for NC Museum of Natural Sciences and museum staff and observe the spectacle of the swirling swifts.

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