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Wayt Timberlake Watterson

Wayt Timberlake Watterson
  • December 3, 1943 - July 18, 2018
  • Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

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“Tim was a remarkable person and I am grateful to have known him. His personal and professional contributions to the community have left an...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Carol Hoerster - Seattle, WA

“Hi John and Yvonne, A great fellow. Seems in the Williams tradition of affability. I wish that I had met him. Sincerely yours, Jim ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Jim Barns - Charlottesville, VA

“We will miss Tim greatly. We enjoyed many bottles of wine and wonderful food with him and Roberta. We talked baseball, opera, kids, religion and...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Curt and Barb Bennett - Seattle, WA

“I weep with the family as the Wattersons were my family when I lived in Seattle. Some of lifes happiest moments were spent around their dinner table,...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Isabelle Fair - Quantico, MD

“Uncle Tim as he was always affecionatly refered to by our family was a warm and welcoming man. When our families came together there was always a...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Tim's curiosity was remarkable. Every conversation, every interaction, every adventure, he met with a genuine curiosity--a willingness and desire to...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Bill Watterson - Los Angeles, CA

“Tim was a wonderful man and a cousin I was blessed to have known and have as a part of my life. I will miss him. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Julia Watterson - Alexandria, VA

“Tim was, without a doubt, one of the most kind and generous people I have ever known. His dedication to his family and community were unparalleled. I...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Catherine Wilhoit - Charleston, SC

“Tim was a wonderful cousin, who is already missed. He visited his Washington state family at least once yearly since his and Roberta's move to S.C....Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Alisande Watterson - Puyallup, WA

“From the moment I met Tim and his delightful wife, Roberta, I was enamored with their fun loving, welcoming, charming personalities. I've been lucky...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Chris Gosnell - Tacoma, WA

“Tim was a warm and wonderful man, and our hearts go out to his family in this time of bereavement. Hugs from the Olsons ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: John Olson - San Francisco, CA

“tim and i served on the sullivan's island planning commission since his appointment up until his illness. he was a fine man with excellent ideas and...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: hal currey - sullivan's island, SD

Wayt Timberlake "Tim" Watterson passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on July 18, 2018 after battling brain cancer since early in the year. A funeral service and burial will be held in Virginia on July 26, under the direction of Henry Funeral Home, and a memorial service will be held locally later in the year. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Tim was many things: a loving father and grandfather, a mediator, a golfer, a life-long learner, and a great intellectual and conversationalist. There was nothing Tim loved more than sharing a bottle of wine and a nice meal with family and friends.

Tim was born in 1943 in Cleveland to John Sayle and Emily Timberlake Watterson, where he grew up with his brothers John and Stuart. He attended Williams College in Williamstown, MA and after serving in the Coast Guard, earned a Masters of City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill. Tim married Roberta Smith in 1972 in San Antonio, TX and they moved to Philadelphia for Tim to work on his Ph.D at Penn.

It was there that Tim's son Ian was born before the family moved to Seattle, where daughter Bergen was born and Tim raised his family. Active everywhere he lived, Tim cared deeply for people and communities and worked for them always; professionally and in his life and volunteer work. After a long career in public service, Tim earned a law degree from Seattle University and worked in Environmental Law for Perkins Coie before beginning full-time volunteer work.

Retiring to Sullivan's Island, Tim and Roberta dove into their new community, though sadly Tim was widowed not two years after. Through church, golf, serving on the Sullivan's Island Planning Commission, and pro-bono legal work, Tim loved and was dedicated to his new home and friends.

But above all, Tim valued his children, grandchildren Knox and Arlie, his family, and his friends. His loving advice, support, wit, generosity, and gentle caring nature will be missed by all who knew him, particularly his children whom he loved deeply and was proud of. Though very sad, his family knows he will be remembered dearly by all those he touched in life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation: Tim Watterson Memorial, PO Box 62066, Durham, NC 27715, or online at