MATTHEWS - W.C. "Bottle" McWaters, 73, died Jan. 19, 2004, at Sells Rest Home in Matthews.
Born Dec. 10, 1930, in Canalou, to the late W.L. and Nora Colson McWaters, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy on the USS Hollister and served three years active duty and five years in the Naval Reserve. He later farmed for Dick Whiffen until his retirement.
On June 7, 1952, he married Geraldine Vent, who preceded him in death on Jan. 7, 1981.
Survivors include: five sons, Gary McWaters of Sikeston, Alan McWaters and John McWaters of Springfield, Russell McWaters of St. Charles and Scot McWaters of Matthews; two brothers, Don McWaters of Cookeville, Tenn., and Ollie McWaters of Ringwood, Okla.; two sisters, Polly Schuerenberg of Sikeston and Dimple Malloy of Morehouse; and two granddaughters, Brandi McWaters of Springfield and Lindsey Grace McWaters of Matthews.
Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston where services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Jack Lewis, a Baptist minister, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Mounds Park Cemetery at Lilbourn.
Pallbearers will be his sons, Gary, Alan, John, Russell and Scot McWaters, and Denver Wolford, Rick Whiffen and Brad Whiffen.