Emmett Ransom Waller Jr.

September 9, 1933November 25, 2012

Emmett R. Waller, Jr. passed away peacefully on November 25, 2012. Born in Lenoir County, Emmett was the youngest of five children. A 1955 graduate of N.C. State University with a BS degree in Agronomy, Emmett worked forty years with the United States Department of Agriculture- Natural Resource Conservation Service in various management positions in both field and state offices before retiring in 1997. He married his childhood sweetheart, Rebecca "Becky" Turner in 1954 and had three children. Over the course of their career years, the Wallers lived in Kinston and Walnut Cove before moving their family to Cary in 1969. Emmett was a leader in civic, homeowner association and church life. Emmett was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett R Waller, Sr. and Retha Johnson Waller; one brother, Forrest Waller, three sisters, Lovelace Posey, Lucille Lancaster and Zora Evans, and his wife of fifty-seven years, Becky T. Waller. He is survived by two daughters and one son all of Cary: Donna W Crook and husband Bryan, Emmett R. (Randy) Waller, III and wife Nancy, Amy W Sullivan and husband John; five grandchildren: Allen Waller of London, UK, Mary Rebecca (Crook) Skinner and husband Chris of Raleigh, Phillip Crook of New York, NY, Rebecca Sullivan of Cary and Logan Sullivan of Cary, and one great-grandchild, Emmett Skinner. A celebration of Emmett's life will be held at Westwood Baptist Church, 200 Westhigh Street in Cary on Saturday, December 1 one o'clock followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. A private burial will take place earlier. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his honor may be directed to Westwood Baptist Church "Bus Fund" or to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh. The family wishes to thank the staffs of Hospice of Wake County, Homewatch Caregivers of Cary, Westwood Baptist Church and Waltonwood Assisted Living of Cary for their support and compassion


  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 1, 2012

Emmett Ransom Waller Jr.

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December 1, 2012

Our relationship with Emmett and Becky began in Kinston in 1960. We remained lifelong friends. As a co-worker, no-one could have been more pleasant to know and to work with than Emmett. Our best to the family as they adjust to life in the days ahead. Our faith has taught us that both Emmett and Becky are in a better place.

Talmadge & Marjorie Wiggins, Wilkesboro, NC

Billy Brewer

December 1, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with Donna, Randy, Amy, Carol, Brenda, Tom and your families.

Sara Jo Durham

November 30, 2012

Was sad to learn of Emmett's passing. I was fortunate to be in one of his computer classes. He, always, had a winning smile and very encouraging in our progress. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the family.

Tom Hill

November 30, 2012

Emmett was one of those wonderful blends of professional and personal "folks" that passed along his extraordinary knowledge in a very down to earth and caring way. His skills, both in subject matter and in working with the public, made the delivery of conservation programs across the state such a success. His work will long be remembered, as will his spirit. Many thanks for all your great work and laughter over the years Emmett! Blessings to the family...

Patty Gabriel

November 30, 2012

I loved working with Emmett in NRCS/SCS. He cared so much about people. He was the type of person who gave his knowledge freely and was happy helping others. Rest in peace.

Kim Waller

November 30, 2012

Uncle Emmett embodied all of the good found in the Waller family. I have many fond memories and will miss him very much but know he is so happy to be with Aunt Becky and his siblings again.


November 30, 2012


Brenda Williams

November 30, 2012

I loved Emmett. He was a sweet kindhearted man. He was a wonderful teacher to all of us associated with USDA NRCS. Finding out that he has passed makes me sad for us but oh so happy for him. I know heaven is welcoming you my friend. Oh how we will all miss that smile and caring voice. Farewell my friend.

Linda Hash

November 30, 2012

I knew Emmett mostly through SCS/NRCS computer training in the 1990's. He was a delight to be around. My sympathies go out to the family.

Angela Greene

November 30, 2012

Emmett was an influence to me and many others at SCS (NRCS). He not only exhibited professional expertise, but also provided a source of inspiration and humor to co-workers. May wonderful memories bring a smile to the face of each family member and much comfort to your hearts. May God bless you in this time of loss.