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Bobbie R. (Bob) Walker

Bobbie R. (Bob) Walker

Bobbie R. (Bob) Walker

Bobbie R. (Bob) Walker, 84 of Greenwood passed from his earthly body to his new heavenly body on March 23, 2015.

Bob was born in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma in 1931 during the post-depression era and a time during great agricultural strife in that state.  His early childhood in that environment would form the basis for his success in life, no matter what he tackled.  He learned at an early age to hunt for what his family would eat, to walk behind plow horses, or work in the oil fields.  He did what he had to do, along with his 7 other brothers and sisters to survive; Oliver, Tommy, Pauline, Lorene, Evelyn, Patsy, and Ina.

Bob joined the U.S. Army in 1950 at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma branching Field Artillery.  He was assigned to a training unit, instructing new officers in cutting-edge advances in field artillery at Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas.  It was during this assignment that he met his future wife of 64 years, Doris N. Adams of Greenwood.  His military career took him to combat assignments in Korea and twice to Viet Nam. It was during the Korean conflict that he was captured by the Chinese Army, but escaped two days later.  He also served as a U.S. military advisor to the Shah of Iran during the late 50’s.

After retiring from the Army in 1972, First Sergeant Bob moved his family to Greenwood, where he began his successful second career as owner of Walker Refrigeration, an HVAC company.  He also served on the Greenwood City Council, and was a member of the Greenwood Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Bob was a member of the United Methodist Men, where he loved his Lord and loved to serve others.

Bob Walker touched many lives all around the world in his 84 years.  He is survived by his wife Doris, his daughter Karen Walker of Carrollton, Texas, and his three sons Doug of Little Rock, Bobby of Ft. Smith, and Paul of Leander, Texas, and his three grandchildren Maddison Wendland and Danielle Heron of Little Rock, and Lloyd Walker of Ft. Lewis, Washington.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Porter and Bertha Walker of Oklahoma City, his two brothers Oliver and Tommy, and his sister Evelyn.  He was buried with military honors with the services being held at the United Methodist Church in Greenwood at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015.  Viewing was 1 – 8 p.m. Thursday March 26th at McConnell Funeral Home in Greenwood, with the family present from 6 – 8 p.m..

To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.mcconnellfh.com.

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