Eleese Peay (Dollye) Walters

November 14, 2019

Dollye Walters passed away at home in the care of her family on Thursday, November 14, 2019 after a period of declining health.  Though Alzheimer’s disease took its toll in the last years of her life, everyone who knew and loved Dollye will remember her outgoing, joyful soul who touched our hearts.  She was 70. 

Dollye was born on February 3, 1949, in Dunn in eastern North Carolina, the third child of Hubert and Emma Peay, Sr.  She graduated from Dunn High School in 1967, offering a glimpse of the special person she would become: she was salutatorian of her class, head cheerleader, and voted Most Popular by her classmates.  After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1971, she came to Charlotte – a small-town girl in search of bigger things.  She went to work for NCNB (now Bank of America) in 1972, where she found more than a career.  Dollye and fellow banker Jim Walters were married on May 18,1974.  She joined Hawthorne Management Co, rising to the position of General Manager of the Charlotte-based property management firm until retiring in 2012 after 23 years.  During their 45 years together, Jim and Dollye raised two children, doted on four grandchildren, and enjoyed a wonderful life that revolved around family, friends, and church.  When Alzheimer’s struck in 2014, Jim became an extraordinary caregiver, patiently tending to her needs. 

Dollye is survived by her husband, James F. “Jim” Walters Jr.; two children – James F. (Trey) Walters III, and his wife, Catherine, and Emily Langley and her husband, Mercer; four grandchildren – Cate and Logan Walters and Molly and Anna Langley; and several nieces and nephews.  All of her children and grandchildren live in Charlotte, a blessing beyond belief. 

In addition to her parents, Dollye was preceded in death by two older brothers, James and Carl Peay.

A service to celebrate her life will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.  Visitation follows in Jubilee Hall at the church.

A memorial gift in her honor can be made to the Builders Sunday School Class Fund at Myers Park United Methodist Church.  Make the check out to MPUMC with Builders Class Fund in the memo line.  Jim and Dollye forged lifelong friendships in their class. 

The family is deeply grateful for the care shown to Dollye by her Wednesday Care Team, the Builders Class, her high school friends named the Fossils, Dr. Chuck Edwards and his team at the Memory Care Center of Charlotte, Parish Nurses Susan Mobley and Lauren Smith, Hospice, her devoted caregiver, Kelly Biggs, and dear friends and family near and far.  The kindness of so many helped ease the burden.

Dollye never wasted a moment of what life had to offer.  She loved raising her children and doting on the grandkids, and all the fun and games that came with it.  She especially loved family vacations, attending sporting events, cheering on the Demon Deacons, the Peay Tree family reunion, and spending time at Wrightsville Beach.   She was steadfast in keeping up with college and high school friends.   She named the Dunn contingent the “Fossils,” who loved her unconditionally until the very end.  Wednesday night dinners with friends was a tradition.  She could shag with the best of ‘em, and had a gift for making people laugh even when she didn’t intend to.  Dollye-isms they were called.  One day at the golf course, she noticed a sign that read, “Carts 90 degrees.’  Concerned, she asked Jim, “Why are the carts so hot today?”

Everyone who knew Dollye will laugh at the retelling of that story.  She’d be happy knowing they did.

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



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  • Susan Buchanan Kelly

    Jim. This is Susan from way long ago with IBM. I am so sorry to hear about Dollye and your loss. I hope her passing brings you some degree of peace and I want you to know I am thinking of you. With love, Susan Buchanan Kelly

  • Emily Gulledge

    I have fond memories of Dollye as a Cotswold School parent where I was a second grade teacher to her precious children. She was a very special lady.
    “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:2.


    I am very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed knowing and working with Dollye.

  • Harry and Betty Godwin Byrd

    We have enjoyed Dollye's friendship since high school. She was always a joy to talk with at class reunions, weddings, and whatever the event. We loved her warmth, charm, wit, and kindness in friendship. We will miss her greatly whenever there is a assembly of the folks from Dunn that cared so much for her. All our love to honor such a great friend, mother, grandmother, and wife.

  • Jamee Gregory

    There was no one like Dollye. I only worked with her for a short time but she was truly gracious, kind and funny to the core. Prayers for healing and comfort for your family.

  • mark ogren

    I met Dollye as a Freshman at Wake in 1967 - she was a Warm, Friendly and Bubbly Classmate and became a Friend to a - Wake student from Chicago - we instantly became Friends and remained Friends the entire four years! A beautiful Personality to be Very missed! God Bless!!!!

  • Kim Brackett

    Dollye is the greatest boss I have ever worked for.. I have missed her presence in the office since the day she retired and I will never forget the amazing way she always made me feel at home in her presence. She taught me so many things and I hope I can have half of the impact on one person as she did on so very many. I love you Dollye.

  • Larry and Jeannette Godwin

    Our thoughts are with the family during this time of sadness. Dollye was a wonderful person who made the world a better place.

  • Chuck & Phyllis Turnage

    One of my all time favorite ladies of Dunn. Whether at First Baptist Church, Dunn High School as head cheerleader or at DHS Friend reunions Dollye was special. I always sought her out at DHSF reunions as a dance partner to Shag the night away. She will be missed. Thanks to the family for sharing her life with her Dunn folks.

  • Willard Mixon Jr

    Goodbye Dollye, dear sweet cousin.

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