Tupelo-Our sweet Dad and Granddaddy, Dudley R. Walker, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018 after a brief illness. He was 84 years young. He was born on December 6, 1934 in Red Bay, Alabama to Carl Walker & Tabby (Ivy) Walker along with his two sisters, Judy Vickory and Sue Bethay. He was a lifelong resident of Tupelo, MS. He married the love of his life, Dean Walker, on March 12, 1955. They had four children, Chip Walker, Tammy Wilson, Jeff Walker (Debbie), and Deanna Martin (Tony). He was dearly loved by his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed being outdoors. Some of his favorite places were sitting on his back porch in his chair, riding on his lawn mower and working in his garden. He had a great sense of humor and always had a saying for everything. He loved to cook and he made sure everyone was happy and fed whenever he was around. He loved his family and friends and he was dearly loved in return.
A Celebration of his life will be held on Monday, February 12th at 1:00 pm at The Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 11th from 4-7 pm and on Monday from 11:00 am until the start of service at 1:00 pm. Condolences will be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Dean Stovall Walker, his children, Chip Walker, Tammy Walker Wilson, Jeff Walker (Deborah), and Deanna Walker Martin (Tony). His grandchildren, Morgan Wilson Taylor (Joey), Drew Wilson (Deborah), Jake Martin (Shanna), Austin Martin, Tyler Martin (Shelby), Zach Martin (Alyson), Amanda McElyea (Tony), Faith Walker, Kiersten Kirby (Geoff), Savannah Walker, and Camille Walker. His great grandchildren, Elie Blythe Taylor, Ava Parker Wilson, Ethan Blu Wilson, Reagan McElyea, Savanna Martin, Blaine Martin, and Avery Kirby. As well as his sister, Sue Bethay (Bub).
He was preceded in death by his father, Carl, mother, Tabby, and sister, Judy.
Pall Bearers will be Drew Wilson, Austin Martin, Tyler Martin, Zach Martin, George Allen, Jimmy Ivy and Charlie Dempsey.
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To the Walker family, There are not any words than can express my sadness about the death of your father. I always enjoyed talking with him and seeing his garden and fortunate enough, at times, to eat some good food he cooked. Losing a father is so difficult, especially one as large as life as he was. Jennifer
Submitted by Jennifer Warren on Feb 12 2018 01:52:16 PM
We are so sorry to hear about Dud. I have many fond memories of our time together at Tupelo CC There are people that you come into contact with through your life that touch you. Dudley was one of those people, I am definitely a better person because of our time together. He taught me a lot about farming, equipment and people during our time together. I distinctly remember him lighting up when the subject of the Grandkids came up. You could tell they were close to his heart.. He was a great person, awesome Grandfather and good friend. I will miss him but am glad our paths crossed. God's blessing to you and the family.
Ricky and Janet Self
Submitted by Ricky Self on Feb 11 2018 10:07:35 PM
My friend Charlotte Bass just messaged me about Dudley. So sorry!! It’s been many years, but I have so many sweet memories of your sweet family and wanted you to know you will be in my prayers during this time.
I’ll never forget you making us eat those black eyed peas on New Years.
Submitted by Jackie Gee Whitley Palmer on Feb 10 2018 07:36:31 PM
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