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Willie Thomas Waters, Jr

February 27, 1953 — January 27, 2023

West Valley City

Willie Thomas Waters, Jr

Sonny, you have always stayed close to music, you would play that guitar for countless hours - trying to get a special feel or tune.  It had to be just right.  

The gift you were given made my heart happy and every chance I got I would dance to your music no matter the tone, the lyrics or the meaning.

To me music was always your comfort, your escape from the worries of your world, but most of all it was your passion.

Just like life, we have tried to fine tune the people, places and moments that made us feel good or until we got it just right.  

Well, the trumpets in heaven have sounded and you have answered the calling of the angels to take your wings and rest in the presence of the Almighty.

When I look up at the stars at night. the brightest star shining will be you.  Now you're playing music in the Heavenly Choirs  - what an awesome time I know that you're having.

Dance my brother - I hope you dance.  I hope you still feel small when you stand besides the ocean.  Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens.  Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance - I hope you dance.  

Love, your sister, Yeatta Edie Waters



Willie (Sonny) Thomas Waters, Jr., aka Stone Diamond passed away January 27, 2023 in Murray, Utah.  He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, February 27, 1953 to Willie Thomas Waters, Sr. and Carrie Roberta Waters-Collins.  

From 1969 - 1971 Willie served in the US Marine Corps.  He received his formal education from Utah Job Corps.  He was a truck driver for Godfrey Trucking, Inc., a limo driver for Jett Limos and a freelance caterer.   He received a Broadcasting Award from KPRS radio station in Kansas City, Missouri.  

Sonny was named by his mom.  The love of music that he gained at the age of 9 (self-talented) and the love of cars but the guitar was his passion (Bassman)  

Sonny is survived by his children; Shavauna Munster and Elijah Diamond.  He is also survived by his brothers;  Theopolis Waters (Illinois), Cortez Waters (Kansas), Andre Waters (California), Cornell Waters (Texas) and his sisters; Elaine Waters (Missouri), Yeatta Waters (Georgia), Okerarida Waters-Flenory (Missouri) and Carol Waters (New Mexico).  

He is proceeded in death by his parents and his sister, Gloria Jean Clark.  

The family would like to give a special thank you to Intermountain Medical Center and the physicians, staff and chaplaincy services who cared for Sonny, especially the Neuro ICU nurses, doctors/surgeons that kept constant contact and awareness during his transition.  



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