Funeral services for Jettie Walters will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, May 19, 2022 in the chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home ~ West Monroe. Rev. Joey Rudisill and Rev. Randy Ray will officiate. Music will be provided by Ryan Perry and an accompanying keyboard by Nellie Littleton. Interment will follow at Beulah Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at the Kilpatrick Funeral Home.
Jesus welcomed home one of His faithful followers on May 14, 2022. At the time of her passing she was surrounded by her five children and all the love of her entire family. Jettie lived an amazing and full life. She was married to the love of her life, Layton Walters, for almost six decades. They eloped on her 17th birthday in 1952 and began to write a most unique and cherished love story that will continue through the generations of her family. Jettie and Layton were blessed with five remarkable and accomplished children, these are her “babies” that she continued to fuss over even in her final days. These five individuals do as it says in Proverbs 31, they rise and call her blessed.
Jettie was born April 11, 1935, to James and Henrietta Bryan. She was the 10th child of 11 brothers and sisters. For the longest time Jettie and Nellie, her baby sister, were the sole survivors of her large family. In 2011, Jettie was dealt a harsh heartbreak when she lost Nellie in May and then her beloved Layton in June. But her strong Faith in God pulled her through the dark days.
Her talents and skills were so diverse. She was a business owner, an office manager, cub scout den mother, soft ball coach, Master Gardner, painter, seamstress, Round Dancer and Round Dance caller. She raised her five children to be strong and independent, but to love the Lord above all. She gave each of them over to God for she knew He would love them even more than she does, which is hard to imagine. She managed her very active crew all the time while continuing to work full-time. When her nest was empty, she retired and began to travel the US and abroad with Layton. They had many exciting adventures. When the traveling slowed down, she took up golf in her 50’s and was quite the accomplished golfer. It is rare for a golfer to achieve the elusive “hole-in-one”, however Jettie got three of them. She played in many regional and state tournaments and had the best time with her golfing buddies.
In her early 80’s health conditions limited her time on the golf course. However, this did not stop her from staying active. Jettie put her Master Gardener skills to work at her new place “Layton and Jettie’s Ho-Hum-Haven.” At each residence Jettie lived, she managed to create a refuge of tranquility where she could have solitude with her Savior. Even recently as her health declined, she felt the need to be out in her yard, her “Happy Place.”
Jettie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Layton; her parents; and ten siblings.
Her surviving family consists of five children Don Walters, Larry Walters, Kathy Copeland, Melanie Conn, and “Buddy” Layton Walters Jr. She has seven grandchildren, Larry Walters Jr., Gabe Walters, Angela Lee, Jessica Cooper, Stephanie Gaines, Jordan Jackson, and Chase Conn. There are also 15 great-grandchildren, and 3 great, great-grandchildren. She has three sisters-in-law, Elizabeth “Babe” Felice, Joan Walters, and Annette Coker. There are a host of nephews, nieces and cousins who are touched by and have touched Jettie’s life that are scattered throughout the US. There are also many close friends she considered to be family.
Jettie will be remembered as a kind and gentle spirit with a competitive edge. She did everything with determination and intentionality. She valued her Faith and family above everything else. Jettie will be missed, but her children realize that God called her home for a much-needed rest and Layton was waiting for her at Heaven’s Gate.
The family would like to thank the staff of Elara Caring Hospice for their tender care of Jettie in the final days of her life. Especially, they would like to thank Tamala and Anna for loving her and treating her with great dignity and love. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
Her pall bearers will be Larry Walters Jr., Gabe Walters, Chase Conn, Jason Lee, Josh Cooper, and Cade Jackson.
Memorials can be made in memory of Jettie to Beulah Cemetery Fund 417 Connie Walters Rd Calhoun LA, 71225.
Her greatest wish was for everyone to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior.
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