Former Tiger Basketball Player Walters Passes Away

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Former Tiger Basketball Player Walters Passes Away

BATON ROUGE — Former LSU basketball player Bill Walters, a member of a highly successful LSU basketball quintet in the mid-1940s, passed away Tuesday night at his home in Baton Rouge.

Funeral services for Walters, 81, will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Rabenhorst Funeral Home in Baton Rouge on Government Street. Visitation will be prior to the funeral service.

Walters played the 1942-43 season for the Tigers prior to entering the service in World War II and then returned to LSU for the 1945-47 seasons. He also was a three-year letterman during the same period in baseball.

Walters was a part of the 1940s starting lineup of the late Joe Adcock, “Bubba” Webb (who passed away last month), Walters, Frank Brian and Bobby Lowther. Brian went on to have a strong pro career and Lowther is the only two-sport All-America in LSU history. The Tigers won 18 games in the 1943 season prior to World War II and when the quintet reunited they won 15 games in 1945, 18 in 1946 and 17 in 1947.

Walters earned his degree in education at LSU and later his Master’s degree at Southern Mississippi. He was a high school coach in Louisiana for several years and also in his later years participated in several senior Olympics.