It is through the family that character is developed and nurtured. Such is the case with three generations of the Waters family of Statesboro.
One family member in each generation has been awarded the Good Citizenship Award by local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The award recognizes the recipient’s character and service and is given to a graduating high school senior who meets the criteria.
The Waters family is a familiar name in Statesboro, as family members founded, and still operate, L.A. Waters Furniture and Mattress Center.
Ida Waters, the wife of Loy A. Waters Jr., who runs the furniture business with Anthony Waters, received her Good Citizenship Award while a senior at Glynn Academy in Brunswick in 1953. She was a member of her student council, the Pirate Club, and helped provide bedding for the needy in the Brunswick area. Today, she continues her volunteer work in Statesboro through the Averitt Center for the Arts, Statesboro Regional Art Association, Archibald Bulloch National Society of DAR chapter and her church.
“Grandma has always been a constant supporter to me and my aspirations as long as I can remember,” said Loy A. Waters IV, her grandson and this year’s recipient of the Good Citizenship Award at Bulloch Academy. “She has been a great inspiration in my life, along with my mother, and I give God thanks daily for what they mean to me.”
Sally Waters, the wife of Loy A. Waters III, received the award in 1974 at Statesboro High School. Sally was the secretary of her class, co-captain of the cheerleading squad and homecoming queen.
“I’ve always felt it very important to treat all people right and with dignity,” she said. “For some reason, I’ve always seen the best in people.”
Loy A. Waters IV is Sally’s son and is dedicated to serving his school, church and in the Statesboro community. He helps his church each summer with Vacation Bible School, with the elementary school football team, works in his church’s soup kitchen, with the annual Alzheimer’s Walk and Relay for Life, and is currently president of Bulloch Academy’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“I thank God and my faith in Him for every honor and award I’ve received,” Loy said. “I’ve always kept Him first in my life and He has blessed me with wonderful parents and grandparents.”
Loy was quarterback this year for Bulloch Academy’s football team, short stop on the baseball team, and participated in school track. He plans to try out as a walk-on with Georgia Southern’s football program this year.
Loy credited his family with nurturing his skills, as well as his desire to serve the community.
“We are all called in life to be an example and witness to others,” he said, “and I can only hope that my efforts and work will continue to prove that true.”