FRANKLIN, Ind. — William Harold Walker, 74, of New Whiteland, Ind., passed away Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Kindred Hospital Indianapolis South in Greenwood, Ind.
Born May 20, 1937, in Winfield, Tenn., he was a son of the late William Lloyd Walker and Nora Stephens Walker Hill. He married Mildred D. Murphy Walker on May 6, 1959, in Jellico, Tenn.; she survives. Mr. Walker was a 14-year veteran of the United States Army, serving in Korea and Vietnam. During his career with the U.S. Army, he was a member of one of the first drill sergeant classes that were organized. He served at Fort Knox, Ky., where he was a member of the military honors funeral guard, Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Stewart, Ga., and in Germany.
After his military career, he was involved in heavy construction, mining, carpentry, and served four years as chief deputy sheriff in McCreary County, Ky. He also worked for 10 years for Walmart in Danville, Ky., and Greenwood, Ind. He was a member of Marsh Creek Baptist Church in McCreary County, Ky. and attended Victory Baptist Church in Whiteland, Ind.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred D. Murphy Walker of New Whiteland, Ind.; sons, Ricky A. Walker of Lawton, Okla., and Brian D. Walker (Heather) of New Whiteland; daughters, Joan E. Emminger (Scott) of Indianapolis, Ind., and Andrea D. Walker of Whiteland, Ind.; five grandchildren, Tiffany Barton (Anthony) and Tonya Davis, both of Lawton, Okla., Tyler Walker (Danielle) of Tucson, Ariz., Tristan Emminger of Indianapolis, Ind., and Tierra Mosier of New Whiteland, Ind.; four great-grandchildren, Alayna Davis, Alyssa Walker, Alexander Barton and Chloe Walker; two brothers, Denton Walker (Bertie Jean) and Denver Walker (Kathy), both of Cincinnati, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Wayne E. Walker, on July 26, 1994.
The Rev. Mark Felber conducted a service today at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, Franklin, Ind., with full military rites.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 West 96th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com