From Jon Walmsley The Waltons cast were all together for a lovely evening at Michael Learned's house in November. It was great for all of us to reconnect. Before Ralph left the party, he asked each of us what we were up to and if we were happy. I don't know if he knew this would be the last time we would see each other but I'm so glad we had the chance to spend this time together. R.I.P. Ralph Waite. ;(
NCIS - Jackson Gibbs is the father of Leroy Jethro Gibbs. After his son left to join the Marines, Jackson Gibbs continued to live in the town of Stillwater, Pennsylvania. Jackson worked for the Winslow Mining Company before opening a general store with good friend Leroy Jethro "LJ" Moore - Ralph Waite (June 22, 1928 – February 13, 2014) was an American actor, voice artist, and political activist - played the father on The Waltons and also Booth's grandfather on Bones
From Mary McDonough I am devastated to announce the loss of my precious “papa” Walton, Ralph Waite. I loved him so much; I know he was so special to all of us. He was like a real father to me. Please keep his family in your prayers. Goodnight Daddy. I love you.
Ralph Waite (1928 - 13 February 2014) American actor-Known for "The Waltons" 1971, "The Bodyguard" 1992, "Cool Hand Luke" 1967, "NCIS TV Series 2010-2013, "Days of our Lives TV Series 2013 and many more - "Requiescant in Pace"