Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. in Guilford College United Methodist Church, Greensboro, with the Rev. Dr. Tom Gibson officiating. The family will receive friends at Sechrest Funeral Service on East Lexington Avenue, High Point, on Thursday afternoon from 3:30 until 6 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44195; Calvert United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 29, Calvert, AL 36513; or to Guilford College United Methodist Church, 1205 Fleming Road, Greensboro, NC 27410.
Mr. Walker was born in Axis, Ala., on Dec. 8, 1922, to Alvin B. and Margaret Forte Walker. He was raised in Calvert, Ala. He met his future wife, Winifred Ells, at Navy Pier in Chicago, where "Wini" was playing a USO concert. They were married Sept. 23, 1944. A master sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as an aviation crew chief in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He took part in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2010.
Mr. Walker was associated with White Motor-Volvo Corporation for 29 years and moved to the High Point area in September of 1981. He retired from Thomas Built Buses as a product support manager on Jan. 1, 1990.
He was an active member of Guilford College United Methodist Church, where he served on many committees and taught in the Sunday school. He took part in several relief missions with the church for hurricane victims.
Mr. Walker was a member of the Kiwanis Club and was in charge of the Kiwanis garden for many years, which produced thousands of pounds of food donated to the Salvation Army Women's Shelter during his tenure. He also served with the Habitat for Humanity, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and Marine Corps League, and was a Scoutmaster, BSA. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, traveling and never met a stranger.
Mr. Walker was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Carolyn; a sister, Edith Cobb; and his beloved wife, Winifred Ells, "Wini."
Surviving are his children, Karen (Darryl) Anderson, Andalusia, Linda (James) Parker, Tallahassee, Fla., Gregg (Sharron) Walker, Gratis, Ga., Grant (Samantha) Walker, Ashtabula, Ohio, Christine (Bryant) Kidd, Apex, N.C.; his sisters, Carolyn Davidson, Betty Raley and Mildred Hanson, all of Alabama. Mr. Walker has 11 grandchildren, Blake Anderson, Holly and Jacob Parker, Carey and Kirstin Kidd, Tara and Jessi Walker, Andrew, Madison, Clara and Lily Walker. Special friends include Polly Scott and Jane Dawson.
Please share your condolences with the family at www.sechrestfunerals.com.
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