William Norman Walters, (Bill or “Billy”) 83, of Catlettsburg, went to be with his Lord and
Savior on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at his residence. He passed away doing what he
loved the most: working his tractor on his farm. He was a loving father, brother, grandfather,
great-grandfather, friend, colleague and employer to many in eastern Kentucky and
throughout the country. Mr. Walters was born July 18, 1939 in Boyd County, KY, a son of the
late John H. and Barbara Wray Walters. Sons, Gregory Allan Walters, Gary Brian Walters, and brothers, John Wray and Dr. Donald Walters, also preceded him in death.
Mr. Walters was a lifelong resident of Boyd County. His early life revolved around farming his
160 acres of land on Route 3 as a dairyman. He worked alongside his father from the time he
was five years old. Eventually, he purchased the family farm and started fulfilling his dream.
Helping neighbors with farming projects and driving the local school bus allowed Bill to grow
and supplement his income. His farming life led him to found an excavation company in the
1970s: William Walters Construction. His company's emblem was proudly displayed on a vast
collection of dozers, backhoes, dump trucks, excavators, and other machinery.
Working closely with members of the community gave Bill joy and purpose. He became a
pioneer of developing water retention lakes and ponds in eastern Kentucky. He was
passionate about construction, and through what he built his legacy will live on. Later in life,
he purchased, developed and operated Lake Allan Pay Lake and Campground, named to honor
his mother and late son, Greg. This lake brought him great happiness, and gave him a reason
to spend even more time in nature.
Bill served on several boards where he made some of his most cherished friendships. Notably,
the Cannonsburg Methodist Church, the Boyd County Water District, and over 60 years
serving as a Farm Bureau Insurance board member. He was a member of El Hasa Shriners, a
brother of the Free and Accepted Masons, and even an honorary Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity
member at Eastern Kentucky University. He touched lives with his knowledge of soil
conservation, construction, farming, and Jesus Christ.
Bill took many opportunities to share his faith to the people he met. He expressed his love for
the Lord in simple, non-judgemental ways which were always appropriate for the situation.
Survivors include sons William Jeffrey Walters and wife Jenny of Ashland, Joseph Walters and
wife Leah of Portage, MI; sisters Idella Wallace of Rush, KY, and Augusta Courtney of Florence, KY; grandchildren Katie Curtis (David), Lindsey Ruskell (John), Grant Walters (Annie), and Paige Walters; great grandchildren Finn Curtis, Abbie Curtis and Harrison Gray Ruskell. Additional survivors include his daughter-in-law Jane Walters of Raleigh, NC, the mother of his children Dolores Moore of Homosassa Springs, FL, and his dear friend, Karen Blevins.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the STEEN
FUNERAL HOMES 13TH ST. CHAPEL led by family member Rocky Wallace.
Visitation will begin at 1:00p.m.
Mr. Walters will be laid to rest in the family plot at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Boyd County Farm Bureau Federation
(Scholarship Fund) at 9285 U.S Rt. 60, Ashland, KY, 41102.
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