A walk to honor the legacy of Nate Waters will take place before his funeral on Thursday.
Long time Tulsa community activist Nate Waters passed away last week at the age of 35. Waters was a longtime advocate for the physically challenged and very involved in the Tulsa community.
His mother's boyfriend abused him and in an altercation when Waters was 19 broke his spine, making Waters a quadriplegic.
Waters never let his experiences bring him down, telling FOX23 in 2002, "Ever since I was born I've been coming through tough situations, trials and tribulations. I'm still making it, when God is with me who can be against me. I give him all the credit for that."
FOX23 first met Waters when he was preparing to graduate from TCC, he'd earned his GED after being paralyzed. Waters went on to graduate from OSU and get a job as an accounting assistant at Williams.
Waters also worked hard in the Tulsa community, he was on the board of the Centers for the Physically Challenged and numerous other non-profits. Waters was a common fixture at events throughout Tulsa, and he worked to help people facing similar challenges and above all give back to the Tulsa community.
The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges released this statement about Nate Waters:
"The Tulsa community has lost a dear friend in Nate Waters. Nate was truly larger than life and never met a stranger. He inspired people to live better. He was the epitome of forgiveness. Nate is an example of what we should all aspire to be in life - a friend to all, an advocate for those in need, a giver to our community and that we all should follow our dreams with tenacity." -Lori Long, Executive Director
Services are still pending for Nate Waters, but as news spread of his death on April 21st, friends turned to Facebook to post remembrances on his wall and to dub April 22nd “Nate Waters Day.”
The message the friends are working to spread is one they say would honor Waters’ memory:
Forgive someone, talk to a stranger, take a chance, let go of an excuse, believe in possibilities, look for opportunities, work a little harder, dance, don’t give up, love your community, smile, make a friend, be a friend, have faith, be a force for good.
A walk will proceed his funeral at 1:50 on Thursday afternoon, friends of Waters and advocates for an accessible city will walk from Bartlett Square to the First United Methodist Church for the funeral.
Thursday, May 2nd
First United Methodist Church (1115 S Boulder Ave)
Friday, May 3rd
Memorial Park Cemetery (51st & Memorial)