OBITUARY

William "Bill" Reid Waltz

August 7, 1939July 27, 2020

William Reid (Bill) Waltz, age 80, went to his Heavenly Home on July 27, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Brenda Gail Jamison Waltz. He is also survived by his children Brenda Tidwell (Chris) of Canton, MI; Laura Lipford (Jody) of Laurens, SC; and Michael Waltz (Claudette Saia) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren William Tidwell, Andrew Tidwell, Daniel Tidwell, Jeffrey Lipford, Jessica Lipford; step-grandchildren Brandi Horne, Jaclyn Horne, Sam Saia; great-grandchild Elle Jane Tidwell, and another on the way; and a special brother-in-law Bob Beard and nephew Ken of Charlotte, NC. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Reid Waltz and Mabel Louise Oakes Waltz, and sister Donna Waltz Beard, all of Charlotte, NC.

Bill was born on August 7, 1939, in Charlotte. He graduated from Central High School in 1957, North Carolina State University in 1961 with a degree in physics, and Carnegie-Mellon University in 1969 with a master of science in nuclear engineering. He and Gail (hometown also Charlotte) married in 1961 and moved to Pennsylvania, where he worked at Westinghouse Atomic Power Lab. They moved to Aiken, SC, in 1974, where he worked at Allied General Nuclear Services in Barnwell, SC, and later Savannah River Plant (Site) until retirement. They remained in Aiken for many years and were glad to call it home. They more recently lived in Greer, SC.

Bill was the most wonderful husband, father, and friend anyone could ask for. He lived a full and active life. Bill and Gail together enjoyed tennis, traveling, gardening, and bird-feeding. Bill also enjoyed golf, fishing, photographing nature and waterfalls, rock-collecting, reading, talking about a wide variety of subjects, telling jokes and stories, and any house or car project involving the use of tools. He was always willing to help others. They were both involved in a children’s mentoring program at Christ Central Ministries in Aiken, and he tutored students in math. He and Gail were charter members of New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Aiken, where they were involved in many activities and groups. He displayed the gifts of patience and kindness, and considered the most important thing to call Jesus his Lord and Savior. He was loved by all who had the privilege of knowing him and will be greatly missed until we meet again.

  • DONATIONS

  • Life Choices Pregnancy Care Center

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, August 3, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Committal Service, Reception

Memories

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Bill Winn

August 4, 2020

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! We always enjoyed gathering at the GEM Lakes picnics to catch up with you. What a treat to drive by and enjoy Bill's amazing flower garden gracing the corner! Gorgeous colors and variety!
May God surround you with His love and peace!
Bill and Marilyn Winn

Michael Smith

August 2, 2020

Gail, we have missed both of you at New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Aiken since you moved. Bill was loved and respected by his NCPC family. Many are praying for you and your family in this time or mourning.

Sally Bryan

August 2, 2020

Dearest Gail, I was sorry to read of the passing Of your dear husband. I remember your dedication to the Aiken Pregnancy Care Center and working out at Hitchcock pool. I also remember your beautiful garden around your Aiken home. You and Bill used to share your plantings with me! You guys sure had a green thumb!
I didn’t know you had moved to Greer, but I did notice your old house’s garden didn’t look the same. God bless you and comfort you in your loss.
Sally Bryan

Joye Brotherton

August 2, 2020

Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bill Walcher

August 2, 2020

Bill and go way back in Idaho in the early 60s, when he was a traveling physicist and did startups. I was at S1W, the original submarine prototype, and he did one of our new core startups very professionally.

Later in South Carolina we worked together before retirement, and found, after that, that we had a mutual interest in tennis. We spent many enjoyable hours together on the court in those years until he and Gail moved away.

I will always remember Bill as very professional performer both as a physicist and as a tennis player; and a good friend.

Shirley King

August 2, 2020

I have such beautiful memories working with Bill on a committee to establish Homeowner Rules at the Village at Pin Oak Farm in Aiken. Bill was the kindest, most patient and fair individual I've ever had the pleasure of working with. He would always think things through very thoroughly and above all, consider the impact of any decisions on the residents. Gail was certainly a jewel letting us spend so much time on this project. Bill was a wonderful man who truly made this world a better place. My deepest sympathy to Gail and the family.

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