Walker was the son of the late Judge E. G. Walker and Bertha Talley Walker of Lebanon. He was killed in action November 20, 1943, when he led his company in the Battle of Tarawa, the first amphibious American offensive in the central Pacific region. Following his death, Walker was misidentified and buried twice on Betio Island and then in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Walker was born in Lebanon, September 27, 1917. He attended Lebanon High School and Cumberland University. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1939. He was enrolled in Harvard Law School when he volunteered to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corp. He was wounded at the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942 and earned the Purple Heart. He was awarded another Purple Heart for his actions at Tarawa. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathryn McDowell and Frances Martin; and a brother, James Carver Walker.
He is survived by nieces and nephews, Mary Ann Walker (Donny) Bain, Gayle Martin Bentley, Glenn (Debra) Martin, Lane (Melinda) Martin, Jimmy (Linda) McDowell, Bill (Donna) McDowell, Jim (Sherrie) Walker, all of Lebanon, Tenn.; Kathryn Martin (Wayne) Gibson of Lawrenceville, Ga.; and Robert Walker of Huntington Beach, California.
A Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Fairview Church, 1660 Leeville Pike, Lebanon, and will be followed by a Graveside Service with full military honors at Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Both are open to the public.
LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142 www.ligonbobo.com