LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ralph Waite, who played the kind-and-steady patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," died Thursday, his manager said. He was 85.
Waite, who lived in California's Palm Springs area, died at midday, manager Alan Mills said. Mills, who did not know the cause of death, said he was taken aback because Waite had been in good health and still working.
"Ralph...You and the rest of the cast have brought much inner joy and peace with-in my own life...it brought me closer to my own spirituality...and so much to think about and still do...I often wonder ..."
– Lynn Anthes, A Spiritual Sister,
Rowlett, TX, Mar 04, 2014
Please welcome this member of the fold into your Kingdom to rest with you forever."
– JW, HUGE FAN,
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, Feb 28, 2014