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Charles Douglas Waterman

Charles Douglas Waterman was born Feb. 8, 1943 to parents James and Daisy Waterman in Detroit.

His birth mother died of Tuberculosis when he was only 5 years old. He was reared and cared for until the end of his life by his Earth Mother, Margaret Waterman, also known as Rae’Rae’. His dad, James, known as Jimmy, preceded him in death.

Additionally, Charles’ sisters Wilma Douglas and Barbara Reid and brother, Judge William Waterman, and one daughter, Brandy, preceded him in death.

Charles attended Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Cambridge Business School. Charles had many occupations, including mechanic, factory worker, business owner, Real Estate agent and truck driver.

Charles was the life of the party and brought energy and excitement to all family occasions. He was many things to many people at different times in his life. He was a husband, father, brother, uncle and friend beloved by both his family and friends. He was joyous, boisterous, vivacious and flirtatious. He always left an indelible impression upon anyone he met. He was a hard worker and loyal friend. During the past four years of his health challenges, he never complained.

Charles accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized several times as a way to reconnect when he felt he had gone astray. He was a member of New Liberty Baptist Church. As a true example of redemption and transformation, he spent the past 13 years recovered from substance abuse. During that time he raised, as a single parent, his youngest daughter, Amanda, who is now a senior at Wayne State University.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving mother, Margaret Waterman; his children: Kim, Charles, James, Shannon, Candice, Jocelyn and Amanda; grandchildren: Tyler, Lionel, Jamesa and La’Miyah; sister Mayowa Lisa and brother-in-law Lumumba Leon; nieces: Patrice, Marquerite, Karen, Shana, Brittney and Kalifa; nephews: Clint, Clifton, Andre’, Touissant and Jabari; aunts: Ann, Vinnie, Bessie Mae and Lawana; an uncle John Henry and a host of cousins and friends.

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