The year was 1971 in Hahira, Georgia, a town in Northwest Lowndes County straddling interstate 75. Karmen Latrice Waters was born to Robert (Jr.) and Margean Waters. She was the first grandchild of both the late Robert (Sr.) and Mildred Waters, and the late Shellie Cash and Estelle Cash. Affectionately known by the family as Latrice, she gave her life to Christ at a young age and remained a Christian throughout her journey.
Latrice was an avid learner beginning at an early age and excelled in both academics and sports. She attended elementary through high school in Knoxville, Tennessee where she spent her childhood and adolescence, prior to going off to college to pursue higher education. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. After completing her undergraduate studies, she relocated to Boston, Massachusetts to attend New England School of Law where she earned a juris doctorate law degree and then became a criminal defense attorney.
Prior to starting a law practice in 2004, she worked for many years in the public and private sector. She also served as a Magistrate Judge. Latrice had a passion for helping people in need. She showed mercy and empathy for her clients and switched to immigration law later in her career. She was a tireless advocate for those without a voice and founded the International Immigration Solutions Law Group (IISLG) with office locations in Knoxville, Tennessee, Atlanta, Georgia and Miami, Florida.
To know Latrice was to love her. She was a leader, pioneer, mentor, friend, adventurer, and lover of her family and friends. Her favorite past times were traveling and spending time with her nieces, nephew, and family.
On January 5, 2022, after struggling a couple months with a sudden medical condition, the Lord had bigger plans for Latrice and called upon her to live in a heavenly home. She will be remembered most for her larger-than-life personality, her infectious smile, her laugh, and the time she spent helping others.
Latrice leaves behind a loving and faithful family who firmly believes in Christ Jesus and his saving grace. Latrice was a loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, sister-in-law, auntie, niece, cousin, and friend. She leaves to cherish her memories, her mother and father, Margean Waters and Robert L. Waters Jr.; brother, Robert L. Waters III (Natalie); nieces, Sydney, Blakely, and Zarah Waters; nephew, Zaire Waters; grandmother, Estel Cash; and a host of other relatives, friends, and colleagues.
Friday, January 28, 2022, a family walkthrough is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at West End Church of Christ, 8301 E Walker Springs Lane, Knoxville, TN. Social distancing and face coverings required.
Saturday, January 29, 2022, the family service begins at 11:00 a.m. at West End Church of Christ, 8301 Walker Springs Lane, Knoxville, TN. Minister Jeremy Weekley will officiate. Interment to follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park, 1501 Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN, where a white dove release will conclude the service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation "In Memory of Karmen Latrice Waters" to the Hispanic Ministry of West End Church of Christ online at wecoc.org/giving. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com
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