Covington Municipal Court Judge Billy Waters passes away

COVINGTON - Covington Municipal Court Judge Billy Waters, 68, passed away on Sept. 13. Waters was a native of Newton County and an attorney for more than 30 years.

Waters was named the Municipal Court Judge in April 2014. He was a former chief judge of Juvenile Court for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, presiding over cases involving deprivation, unruly and delinquent juveniles and traffic offenses for 11 years. He also served as the municipal judge in Walnut Grove for two years.

“We are all very saddened to learn of the passing of Covington Municipal Judge Billy Waters,” said Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston. “Serving Covington since 2014, Judge Waters was a tireless public servant and our community and legal system has lost a great man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

A veteran of the United States Army, Waters honorably served his country during the Vietnam War. After graduating John Marshall Law School in 1978, Waters practiced law for more than 30 years. In the community, he served on the board of directors for Willing Helpers Medical Clinic, Solid Rock Baptist Church, Georgia Legal Services Program and Newton Reads.

Waters was also a partner in Ballard, Stephenson & Waters Covington Attorneys at Law and focused on domestic relations cases, personal injury and general civil litigation. Michael Waters, the judge’s son, is also a practicing attorney and partner at the firm.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Carolyn Waters; daughter, Christie Waters; sons and daughter-in-law, Michael and Treasa Waters, Brandon Waters; grandchildren, Madeline Waters, Sophia Waters, Miles Waters, Mason Waters; and other relatives.

A funeral service for Waters will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Newton Baptist Church, 720 Jack Neely Road, in Covington. Interment will follow in Lawnwood Memorial Park, Covington. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, Covington.

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