STERLING EVERIG WAITERS, 83STERLING EVERIG WAITERS, Realtor and US Air Force Veteran, 83, passed away on August 16 in Miami. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years Barbara Waiters (1937 - 2009). He is survived by his children Sterling A. Waiters, Charity Freeman (Ralph), K.C. Das, Sterling E. Waiters II (Diane), Sheelah Waiters, Wali Waiters, Summarah Hampton (Keith), and Joe'l Waiters; 22 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins, friends, loved ones, and colleagues.
If nothing else, all can agree that Sterling Waiters was an honorable man. He was born on October 24, 1934, to Georgia M. Waiters. He spent most of his childhood years in Miami as a barhop and a dishwasher before going to boarding school at Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. This was the beginning of his love for travel and education.
At age 20, he enlisted in the US Air Force where he served as a laboratory assistant. After that, he became president of AB Dick Company, vice president of Richards Department Store (which later became Burdines, then Macy's), and vice president of Occidental Life Insurance Company. But his entrepreneurial spirit really blossomed when he founded A Place In The Sun real estate company and Homes Re-Done general contractors.
He met his late wife, Barbara, in Sacramento, California, on a mismatched blind date. They later married and had five children together. His family was of utmost importance to Sterling. He always made sure that his children were exposed to a vast amount of culture in the forms of opera, stage plays, musicals, and singing. Also important to Sterling was the education of his children. In fact, he sold Encyclopedia Britannica so they could have access to a wealth of knowledge that would provide a lifetime of benefit.
Sterling traveled extensively, and enjoyed a variety of different world cultures and activities through his import-export business. He served on the board of Unity on the Bay church from 1972 - 1976, sang tenor at the church, was a member of The Miamians Barbershop Chorus from 1991 - 2009 and served as president in 1994, and was a member of American Legion Lodge 155.
He attended Miami-Dade Community College (often taking his children to class with him), and North Carolina State University.
HE IS VERY MUCH MISSED BY SO VERY MANY PEOPLE.