November 15, 1987 - January 10, 2018
Karl Martin Waters IV, 30, of Charlotte, North Carolina passed away the morning of Wednesday January 10th, 2018.
Born November 15, 1987 in Charlotte, North Carolina, he was the son of Karl Martin Waters III and Bennett Wellons Waters. He is survived by his grandfather, Karl Martin Waters, Jr. of Charlotte; his parents, also of Charlotte; and his sister, Caroline Bennett Waters of Columbia, SC; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Martin graduated from Charlotte Latin School and then attended the University of Colorado – Boulder. While in Colorado he earned membership into the prestigious Rocky Mountain Rescues Group, participating in numerous recues throughout the canyons of the Rockies Front Range. He also became a licensed EMT and First Wilderness Responder.
He was an accomplished expert snow skier and rock climber, climbing in Oregon, Colorado, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Backpacking and camping were second nature to him, since he was a little boy. He earned his Eagle Scout with Troop 55 in Charlotte, NC.
Martin resumed his academic career in South Florida, graduating with finance and real estate degrees with honors from Florida Atlantic University. It was during his time spent there when he discovered his additional outdoor passions including kayaking and fishing.
Before embarking on a real estate career, his goal was to thru hike the Appalachian Trail. He hiked SOBO setting out from Mt. Katahdin in Maine on July 8, 2016 and finishing at Springer Mountain, Georgia on December 23, 2016 having successfully navigated all the terrible fires that season through North Carolina and Georgia. Martin's trail name was "Journey", and he made many friends on the trail including Twirl, SJ, Duke, Hardass, Eskimo, Shakespeare, and many more. Completing the Appalachian Trail was his proudest achievement.
After the trail, he started work at Waters Incorporated as an asset manager in commercial real estate, earned his NC real estate license and began making an immediate positive impact on the company. His contributions and easy spirit will be sorely missed.
Martin's love of friends from all walks of life and corners of the country and his deep love of family will be a memory cherished by all he touched.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Martin's life will be held at 2:00 the afternoon of Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Christ Episcopal Church with the Reverend Lisa Saunders officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in All Saints Hall. Inurnment in the Christ Church Garden will be private.
Memorials may be made to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, W. Va 25425-0807.