ON Saturday August 18, mourners packed the pews of the Calvary Temple Church of Christ at Grove Road in Linstead, St Catherine to pay their final respects to their dearly departed loved one George Walters.
Walters made his transition peacefully on July 24 at the Kingston Public Hospital after a battle with illness.
Man that is born of a woman is of few days and is full of turmoil.
George was born on April 7 1944 to Leonard Walters and Agatha Williams. He was the second of two children.
Affectionately called 'Mass George or Brother Walters' he grew up in Mount Industry, St Catherine and attended the Mount Industry All Age School. After completing school he migrated to Kingston in 1959 where he worked as a handyman and a gardener. During his time in Kingston, he sired two sons Alston and Derrick.
In 1968 Walters met and married Alice Roberts and the union produced three children Robert, Oral and Delrose.
In an effort to better provide for his family Walters took the advice of his close friend Gibsy Davis and learnt the barbering trade.
It would be his means of winning bread for his family for years as he operated out of an establishment on Windward Road in East Kingston.
In 1976 Walters moved to Linstead where he continued his barbering in the old capital of Spanish Town in St Catherine.
Walters was a very talented barber and his skill with the scissors and razor took him the Cayman Islands in 1984 where he quickly made a name for himself. He would remain in the neighbouring Caribbean country for a decade before returning home to continue his trade.
After a short stint in Jamaica he took the decision to relocate to the United Kingdom but perhaps homesick he returned home in 2002 to rejoin his family and continued doing barbering for another four years.
Due to his age and health problems Walters decided to retire in 2006.
In delivering the eulogy Evangelist S McLean remembered Walters as a man with a booming voice and a great singing talent.
"Mass George loves to sing, one his favourite song was 'I'll let nothing separate me from God's love', sometimes when his daughter Mitsy called home, a song of praise or an old song would be sung over the phone by him, his wife and Mitsy then they would laugh and talked how good they sounded together. The Walter's family always had a song to sing when Mass George would come home for vacation from the Cayman Islands; his voice was very distinct even as it was on the choir he was part of at Calvary Temple where he worshipped," McLean said.
"He loved telling stories too and would always tell his favourite story of when he was a boy he went to a wedding and they were doing a head count for food and someone asked who in this room did not get any food, he quickly answered and said; "me, George and Little Willy" but all three persons turned out to be him and he ended up getting three plates of food," McLean added.
On the 21st of July, he was taken to the University Hospital and was later transferred to the Kingston Public Hospital. AS fate would have it he never returned home.
'Mass George' is survived by his wife Alice, Sister Sylvia, Brother Edwin and six children: Alston, Derrick, Robert, Oral, Delrose and Clive. Ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends and church family.
His remains were interred in the Commodore Cemetery in St Catherine.