Since the last term of the Honorable Court, another member of its Bar has passed to the Great Beyond, its eldest and one of its most respected members in the person of Bowie F. Waters, Esquire, who departed this life on October 28, 1949, at the age of seventy nine years. One of the largest delegations from Bench and Bar ever known to attend a funeral of one of its members testified at this last rite to the respect and esteem in which he was held.
Mr. Waters, a son of Horace and Mary Poultney Etchison Waters, was born and reared on the ancestral Waters Farm, the original Patent to which, under the hand of Lord Baltimore and the seal of the Maryland Palatinate, is preserved in his family as a precious heirloom. He received his education in the public schools and at the Rockville Academy, and his law degree from Georgetown University Law School.
During his early manhood, he taught in the County Schools and was admitted to the Bar in 1892. Thereafter, he practiced his profession continuously until the time of his death, at the same time conducting the farm where he resided until he sold it just a few years ago. He was elected State’s Attorney for Montgomery County in 1907 and as Special State’s Attorney appointed by the Court for the prosecution in certain cases in 1912 and served in that public capacity with his characteristic fidelity to duty and industry. As Attorney to the Board of County Commissioners for a term beginning in 1900, ad Examiner in Chancery and as Special Auditor on several occasions and other places of responsibility, he was in all cases faithful in the discharge of responsibility, he was in all cases faithful in the discharge of his duties. He was attorney and director of the Germantown Bank and gave his services with loyalty and integrity to that institution and to other clients who entrusted him with their business. A member of the Montgomery County Bar Association for many years before the addition to its membership of many here present, he received only last year the justly earned tribute of his brothers by election as its President, and barely served out his term before death overtook him.
Mr. Waters was a life-long member of the Neelsville Presbyterian Church, and his many acts of likeability and kindness to his neighbors and friends, of which few but the recipients had any knowledge, evidenced the sincerity of the faith he professed.
In politics he was an ardent and loyal democrat, although independent in his thinking when occasion seemed to him to warrant it, and during his more active years, scarcely a political campaign occurred but that he went out night after night throughout the County to speak in the interest f the candidates of his party.
Mr. Waters was a frank and friendly man, enjoying the companionship of his fellows. In his profession honorable and irreproachable so eager to be right that, in matters of importance he seldom reached a conclusion without having first sought the views of some of his professional brethren whose opinions he especially requested. In his family, he was a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his widow – Mrs. Laura Gassaway Waters, two sons, John Horace, a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, and Bowie J. Waters, two brothers, Julian N, a highly respected and successful farmer, and Eugene H, also a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and Maryland.
I respectfully move your Honors, on behalf of the members of this Bar, that this memorial be adapted and spread upon the minutes of this day’s session, and that copies thereof be sent to the widow of our departed brother and to the local press.
Filed November 14, 1949