Doris Jean Waters McArthur

February 11, 2022

Charlotte - Doris Jean Waters McArthur, 86, passed away to go to her heavenly home Friday afternoon, February 11, 2022. Doris was born on September 1,1935 in New Bern, NC and was the daughter to the late John and Effie Mae Waters.

She attended Greenville High School in Greenville, NC and Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC. She was a receptionist at First Federal Savings and Loan for ten years and later became the Clerk for the Village of Walnut Creek in Goldsboro, NC for 14 years. Doris was the happiest when she could spend time with her children and grandchildren. She never met a stranger and only had good wishes for everyone she ever met. If you ever had the chance to meet her you were truly touched by an angel.

Doris is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Ken McArthur along with their four children, Cheryl Todd and her husband, David of Matthews, NC, Sandra Perry of Winston-Salem, NC, Ken McArthur, Jr. of Charlotte and Dan McArthur and his wife, Sage also of Charlotte. Other survivors include her six grandchildren, Mary Mac Phillips, Chrisanne Mrozek, Hatley McArthur, Lawson McArthur, Michael Imes and Matthew Imes. She will be missed by her great-grandson, Thomas Phillips; her brother, Horace Waters and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her two brothers, John and Donald and her sister, Sybil.

A service to celebrate the life of Doris will be two o’clock, Thursday afternoon, February 24, 2022, at Providence United Methodist Church with the Reverend, Dr. Bill Jefferies officiating. The family will receive friends in the atrium of the church following the memorial service.  The service will also be livestreamed at: for those unable to attend in person.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be offered on behalf of Doris McArthur to the Providence United Methodist Church Christian Home Class, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

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  • Phyllis Creech

    What wonderful memories of our family camping trips together…Ken, Doris , Kenny, Danny Sheryl. The Bakers with Robbie and “The White Tornado”. and the Creeches,
    We shared company at the beach, Florida, all around.
    What wonderful care you gave Anita when we were involved in that car crash outside Brunswick Georgia.
    Doris was always the calming element in any situation.
    A caring lady, friend to many, loved by all. My life is richer for having known Doris, as others can say the same.
    I think of your family daily, I pray for healing comfort in the days ahead.
    Your forever friend,
    Phyllis Creech

  • Linda Phillips

    It is with great sadness to hear of your loss. Doris was one of the sweetest, compassionate loving women I have ever met. I am so grateful that my grandson had such a doting great-grandmother. He was truly blessed. We all know she was a Godly Woman and we all will be re-united one day. Love to Ken & Cheryl, Mary and Family at this time.

  • Jack and Helen Baker

    We loved this beautiful wife, mother, and wife. We were blessed by her example and love. Thanking God for what she shared in her living.