William "Windy" Walker

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Funeral services for William E. "Windy" Walker will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home with the Rev. Sherman Mayfield officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Burial will be in the Whitehouse Cemetery.
He was born in Whitehouse on Dec. 16, 1923, to Edgar Walker and Mollie Brown Walker. His great-great-grandfather was Andrew Kent, one of the heroes who died in the battle of the Alamo.
Windy grew up in Whitehouse, attended Whitehouse schools, graduated from Tyler High School in 1941 and then from Federal Institute, a business college in Tyler. After graduation, he and his brother, Clarence, went to California and worked as an assembler making the elevators that went on the B24 Bombers at Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego. During his earlier years, he played a trumpet for Doc Witt in the Tyler Municipal Band. He won many awards and medals during the time he was a member.
He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943. He was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program and was sent to North Carolina State University in Raleigh for two years. Upon graduation from NCSU, the next phase of training was Pre-Flight School in Montgomery, Ala. He was an aircraft engineer and trained the crews to fly the bombers during World War II. After the war he stayed in the Air Force Reserve and retired in 1960 as a master sergeant.
In April 1945, he met and married Eula Green, and they shared 63 years of marriage until her death in 2008. He worked 35 years for Carrier Corp. and retired in 1981 as production supervisor. He then became a petroleum landman until 2004.
Windy was a Sunday school teacher for several years at FBC Whitehouse and later at FBC Gresham. He loved the Lord and would tell others about Him when he had the opportunity. He was a loving husband, dad and papaw. Everyone who knew him loved him; he will be missed more than words can say.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Eula; his son, Kenny Walker; and his brother, Clarence Walker.
He is survived by his loving family including son, Dwayne Walker and his wife Vivian, of New Harmony; daughter, Cynthia Reagan and her husband Terry, of Emerald Bay; eight grandchildren, Leslie Partlow, Mollie McFaul, Clay Reagan, Kelly Welch, Luke Walker, Josh Walker, Rachel Landrum and Michael Walker; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Clay Reagan, Luke Walker, Josh Walker, Mike Walker, Mark Welch, John Partlow, Tanner McFaul and Brandon Landrum.
Mr. Walker's family would like to thank all those who showed exceptional love and care to our dad at ETMC, the Specialty Hospital at ETMC, and The Hospice of East Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701.
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Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors
215 E. Front St.
Tyler, TX 75702-8123
(903) 592-6553
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 15, 2014
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