Raymond F. “RJ” Waite Jr., 20, of Lincoln passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 at Beebe Healthcare, Lewes.
RJ was born in Lewes, and resided most of his life in Georgetown and the surrounding area. He graduated from Sussex Central High School in 2019 and at the age of 16 he began working. His first job was at The Block in Laurel where he worked with farmers in the produce industry. He then worked at McDonald’s in Georgetown and Milford, Little Caesar’s in Milford (where he worked as a manager), Perdue, and was currently working as a cook with Arena’s in Georgetown and Rehoboth.
RJ had a love for the Lord and was an evangelist, spreading the word of God and impacting the community as a member of 3C USA Church in Delmar. His love extended to his family, friends, his dog, Rosie, and co-workers whom he cared for deeply, and was always willing to help in any way at times of need. He always loved a good scare with his mom and being goofy with his sisters.
RJ, as well, enjoyed being outdoors, especially watersports, bike riding, being at the beach and shooting guns.
He is preceded in death by his maternal great-grandmother, Doris Ellingsworth Carey; a maternal great-grandfather, Addison E. Carey I, and his paternal grandfather, Edward “Sonny” Smack.
RJ is survived by his mother, Tina Absher; his father, Raymond F. Waite Sr. and wife Michelle; two sisters, Tiara Absher and Taylor Otero and husband Jonathan; a brother, Gage Waite; a stepsister, Autum Johnson; two stepbrothers, Carl and Nathen Dellaquila; maternal grandmother Gloria Ann Absher; maternal grandfather, Mack K. Absher; paternal grandmother, Iva Fay Smack; and his girlfriend, Lexus Tarr. RJ also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
A public visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m, Monday, Jan. 11, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown. A private funeral will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12. Please join the family at St. Johnstown Cemetery, 13471 S. Johnstown Road, Greenwood, at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday for the graveside ceremony and interment.
The family asks everyone to wear blue as this was RJ’s favorite color. Everyone will also be required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing and gathering guidelines. At the visitation please keep interactions with the family brief so as to accommodate everyone who may join us.