Jeffrey Owen Waters

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Jeffrey Owen Waters

(Age 66)

Jeff passed at home on Wednesday December 15, 2021, in Fairfax, Virginia. Jeff is survived by his beloved wife Nadine and son Jeremy. He is also survived by his mother Pat Waters along with his three brothers Kerry, Jon and Keith as well as his two sisters Cindy and Cherry. Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Roy Allen Waters.

He was born in Asheville, North Carolina and always spoke highly of his childhood in the mountains and all of his adventures. Jeff moved to Fairfax, Virginia with his family during high school and loved playing football for Fairfax High School. He also delivered the paper for the Washington Post; this was his first exposure to Whitehall. After graduating Fairfax High School, he landed his first adult job with the U.S. Postal Service in Chantilly, Virginia. In the late seventies he transitioned to working as a freight train conductor with Southern Railway. Jeff opted for early retirement from what had become Norfolk Southern Railway in the late eighties to pursue his dreams of designing and building structures. After building a few homes he founded Stick Built Incorporated and specialized in a hands-on approach to the design and construction of custom homes and additions. He spent the next thirty plus years mastering his craft in Virginia and Maryland. The remainder of his life was spent dedicated to his family and Whitehall. His days were spent farming and building farm structures.

A celebration of Jeff’s life will be planned at a later date. All his relatives and friends will be welcome to celebrate him and his life. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Appalachian Rescue for Great Pyrenees of Richmond, Virginia, or the Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck in White Stone, Virginia. The online guestbook is available at

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  1. Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue ( has lost a dear friend. Jeff adopted from us years back (Katie and then Gaddy) and more recently in July (Polar). He has always loved the breed and enjoyed those who were full of energy and life. No docile Pyrs for him! Jeff expected respect, love and trust from his Pyrs…and he always got it. Jeff – we will miss you and all you’ve done for us at AGPR. We will think of you every time we see the book you wrote about Katie (prominently displayed in the AGPR Office).

  2. I met Jeff when he became a member at Evergreen Country Club. I always enjoyed our rounds of golf together. Especially our golf trips to the Northern Neck. He was a really good man and I was proud to call him my friend. I will certainly miss him. Jim Frank

  3. My husband and I are so saddened to hear the news of Jeff’s passing. We always enjoyed chatting with him at the market when he was there. We always rooted for him in his struggles with Fairfax County. Our deepest condolences to his family. May many wonderful memories help sustain you through this difficult time. Warmly, Lisa and Aaron

  4. I feel grateful to have known Jeff. His love for his dog at the time Smirnoff was very special.. So sorry for his loss

  5. Jeff had been our good neighbor for 21 years. Always pleasant and good natured. His love of dogs, especially Great Pyrenees, was to be admired. His love for Whitehall knew no bounds. My husband knew his wife Nadine since elementary school. I will miss seeing him working in the field to get ready for fall activities and at the store bringing in produce and goodies for all of us with his infectious smile. Rest In Peace dear friend.

  6. I was introduced to Mr. Waters later in his life when I started volunteering with Camp Henry. I always looked up to him and he continues to remain as a role model for me. I thought it was amazing what he had accomplished in starting up this camp for children, allowing them to explore the beauties of nature and the endless possibilities of a working farm. He was always so eager to teach us all about the farm and the animals. He shared his knowledge and was such an open and friendly man, with a great sense of humor! May his soul rest peacefully for he has helped many people and made such a lasting mark on this earth. – Zaynab Chairat

    • I know about Jeffrey Owen Waters only through reading his obituary and the kind words of Zaynab Chairat. My heartfelt sympathies to his wife, son, mother and siblings on the loss of your beloved Jeffrey. I admire Jeffrey for the person he became. His characteristics are exemplary: love for family and humankind; dedicated work ethics; goodness of mind and spirit to help others; ability to educate youth about nature; to respect and nurture God’s good earth; and last but not least, to care for and protect animals, especially Great Pyrenees dogs. I wished my journey in life had crossed paths with Jeffrey Owen Waters. Rest In Peace, Jeffrey – Kathy Ricker

  7. I am very sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing.. we are so glad that Jeff was in our lives. He made some of the best Chile and had the best Halloween parties… I remember his love of Smirnoff ( such a beautiful doggie)… Jeff will always be a great part of our lives… I met so many of my forever friends through my friendship of Jeff.. my heart is with his family?????

  8. I am heartsick to learn of Jeff’s passing. While we hadn’t spoken in (too many) years, we had been through so much together that it was impossible for me not to think of him often. We met on the railroad as young men and quickly became good friends. I was proud to have him as best man at my wedding and we remained close after he left the railroad and focused on homebuilding. Jeff was energetic, with a competitive nature and strong will. His sharp mind and quick wit guaranteed lively discussion on any number of topics. He always spoke the truth and, with the courage of his convictions, never suffered fools quietly. Jeff was a good friend, a good railroad man and a devoted husband and father. My life has been richer for having known him and I miss him. Laird & JoAnne Ramsay JoAnne and I send our deepest sympathy to Nadine and Jeremy on his passing.

  9. So sorry to hear about the loss of Jeff… I remember so many fun times celebrating life at Jeff’s home in Fairfax and I have so many lifelong friends from being a part of his life……I remember his beautiful dog, Smirnoff ( who was the best dog ever)… I will always cherish the memories I will always have from being a part of Jeff’s life…. ( he made a great chili)……..I wish peace to his family and their memories of Jeff
    Gone too soon but he lived life to the fullest <3<3<3

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