May 23, 1928 ~ May 2, 2013

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Jack Waites, 84, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 2, 2013. He was the son of the late Lindsey Samuel and Mertie McLane Waites. He served in the Army during the Korean War, and retired from the Asheville Fire Department. He was a lifelong member of West Asheville Baptist Church. In 1947, Mr. Waites married the love of his life, Martha Davis Waites (deceased in 2007). Together they adopted and lovingly raised two children, Kathy Ann Waites and Gary Lee Waites. He is survived by them as well as one grandson, Linsey Waites. He cherished his three brothers and their families; Samuel McLane Waites and wife Dorothy (both deceased), Harold Sanders Waites and wife Carolyn, David Lee Waites and wife Pat, and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Waites lived a long, happy life guided by faith and in the service of others. He set a wonderful example for all who knew him. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Green Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. Because he enjoyed sharing food with family and friends, the family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to MANNA FoodBank, 627 Swannanoa River Rd., Asheville, NC 28805, and/or to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. So very sorry to hear of Jackie passing. Have such wonderful childhood memories with the Waites brothers. Jackie is home with his love, Martha and our Savior. Love, Hazel Davis Swann

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  2. THE WAITES FAMILY , HAROLD & DAVID SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE PASSING OF YOUR BROTHER I KNOW HE WAS A GOOD PERSON OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU GOD BLESS ALL OF YOUR FAMILY

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  3. Gary and Kathy, so very saddened hearing about your dad. He was truly a delight to all. He knew where to find every good hot dog stand in North Carolina and always wanted you to join him. Along with that was always a good story. We had fun times on the floor crew.
    In our thoughts and prayers.

    Violet & Mike Russell

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  4. jack was the best. he set an example of being a true gentleman. i will always remember and respect him. love to all his family and friends. j w snowden

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  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you, as I visualize the welcome he received when he reached home. So many memories of his care for Martha and others. He truly was a saint. Sorry my heath doesn’t allow me to be there.

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  6. As the sister of Carolyn Waites, I was fortunate to share many great gatherings with Jack and his family for many years and will miss his calm voice and wonderful smile. Jack was the epitome of a loving, caring, family oriented gentleman. He will be missed but not forgotten.
    Our heartfelt sympathy to his family.
    Lovingly,
    John & Linda Councilman

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  7. jack was my first fire capt in the Asheville fire dept station 8 what a wouderful man person firefighter I learned a lot in the years I was with capt waites not only about firefighting but to how to treat people,he was a friend to all sorry I could not make as to I have had a operation I hope jack has all the hot dogs he wants

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  8. Jack was indeed an example for all of us to live by. His caring was unequalled. It was an honor to know him. My deepest condolences to the family.

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