Kelly Brice Walters was born on Sept. 16, 1936, in Rogers, Va., the son of the late Vada McGuire and George M. Walters, Jr.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Gerald Walters.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy; a grandson, Bradley Hutchenson; two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann and Halley Jo; sisters Brenda Thomas, Shirley Bartlett and Jean Walters; and a sister-in-law, Jane Akers.
Kelly had been a member of the Christiansburg Lifesaving and First Aid Crew, later known as the Christiansburg Rescue Squad, since 1964. He served as captain, first and second lieutenant, treasurer and President of the Board of Directors. He was instrumental in starting Floyd County Rescue.
He was the District 7 VAVRS rescue squad vice president on two different occasions and was a member of the first “Rescue College” Committee, which is now in its fortieth year. He served on the Highway Safety Commission and was past President of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS), a life member of VAVRS, and a member of the “Hall of Fame.” Kelly also served as a charter/life member of the Riner Volunteer Rescue Squad, an organization that he was also instrumental in establishing.
Kelly was a member of the Christiansburg Hunting Club and served as president and a member of the board of directors. Kelly had hunting dogs for years and was faithful to the club in seeing that their needs were met in many ways.
Kelly began his work life at the Blue Ridge Overall Factory for four years, then worked for Cromer Furniture in Christiansburg for three years, before becoming the caretaker of the Cemetery Cooperation, where he spent 24 years. After leaving the Cemetery Corporation, Kelly went to work for Montgomery County and served the next 18 years as an Animal Control Officer.
Upon retirement from the county, Kelly became the first full-time paid Rescue Squad Captain for Christiansburg. Kelly served the squad, the town of Christiansburg and county of Montgomery in that capacity for 10 years. He was dedicated to the squad and the community and always went the extra mile for those he served.
The family would like to thank English Meadows Blacksburg Campus for their care since February.
Funeral Services will be held today, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 at 11 a.m. in the Auburn Baptist Church with Neal Turner presiding. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Interment will be in the Sunset Cemetery in Christiansburg.
In lieu of flowers, Kelly requests that donations be made to the Riner Volunteer Rescue Squad at P.O. Box 858 Riner, VA or to the Christiansburg Fire Department 110 Depot St., Christiansburg, VA 24073, or to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Christiansburg Rescue Squad 190 Depot St., Christiansburg, VA 24073.
Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.