Anthony Wayne Walters, 74, of Lexington, formerly of Magnolia, passed away Thursday evening, May 22, 2014, at his secondary residence in North Port, Florida.
He was born September 18, 1939 to Thomas J. and Helen (Druen) Walters. Wayne was the last graduate of Magnolia High School in 1958, before the school was consolidated to LaRue County High School. His father, a member of the Board of Education, presented him that last diploma.
The Class of 58 was a close knit group and had many wonderful times and memories together, both during school, after graduation, and many reunions. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1961. He was stationed at Chennault Air Force base, Lake Charles, LA, and Fairchild Air Force base, Spokane, WA and served as base fireman and housing inspector.
After 4 years of service, he returned to Elizabethtown and his previous employer, Bussmann. After working for Rex Chainbelt in Louisville for a number of years as stock room supervisor, he took his career a different direction, becoming an Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) inspector covering 31 counties in Kentucky. He became an Education and Training officer, traveling to businesses, particularly manufacturers, across Kentucky to advance safety of employees in the workplace. He assisted in developing a number of safety publications in this role.
Under Secretary of Labor Carol Palmore, he became the Kentucky OSHA Safety Manager. He retired July 1999, after 31 years of !'living and breathing!( safety rules and regulations. Wayne enjoyed his retirement with grandchildren, traveling with his wife, and staying at his Florida home in the winter and returning to his Lexington home for the summer. The Lexington home was a gathering place for family, friends and neighbors.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth (Libbie) Stith Walters (formerly of Rineyville); three sons and their wives, James (Todd) and Ann (Sarasota, FL), Scot and Marnie (Frankfort, KY), and, Matthew and Jennifer (Nicholasville, KY); Wayne!&s pride and greatest joy, his grandchildren, Darrell, 16, and Nicole, 14, (Sarasota), Margi, 9, (Frankfort), and Hagen, 2½, (Nicholasville), Wayne!&s mother, Helen Walters Middleton, his brothers and their wives, Buren (Butch) and Patricia, and Howard (Burt) and Beverly, and his sister and her husband, Nancy and Stephen Park. Wayne will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown, Ky. with Rev. Mitch Ash (Libbie’s cousin) officiating. Burial will follow in Red Hill Cemetery at 4:15 p.m. Visitation will start at 10 a.m. Friday and continue until the funeral time at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity or school of your choice to help Wayne !'pay it forward!( one more time. Condolences may be expressed online at www.brownfuneral.com.