Fred L. Walker Jr, 88, long-time resident of Waycross, died Monday morning, August 12, 2019, in Waycross, following a short illness.
He was born December 9, 1930 to Irene Smith and F Lester Walker of Patterson.
He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in business administration. In 1955, he proudly served his country as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps (US AirForce) in Korea. Prior to his deployment to Korea, he had also attended the Naval Academy at Annapolis. After his service and completing his education, he worked for Walker Chevrolet in Waycross for several years. He became a bank examiner in Atlanta before returning to Waycross and launching his own group insurance firm.
He was dedicated to his family and his community. He made Waycross his home for over 50 years and was an active member of the Waycross Jaycees and the Elks Club. His hometown of Patterson always remained close to his heart and he was a member of the Patterson Baptist Church. He was truly a people person who could often be found “jawing” about politics and his beloved Bulldogs at watering holes, newsstands and eating establishments all over South Georgia.
He was preceded in death by wife, Martha Joyner Walker; parents Lester and Irene Walker of Patterson and sisters, Polly James and Gertrude Walker.
Survivors include his three children, Les Walker (wife Bonnie Clendenen Walker), Nahunta, Julie Protiva (husband David Protiva), Atlanta and Dan Walker (wife Nicole Eickhoff Walker), Abingdon, MD; grandchildren, Joe Protiva, Andrew Protiva and Matthew Walker; nephews and nieces, David James, Bloomington IN, Jeremy James, Blackshear, Carol Newson-Smith, Hayward CA, Chris Walker, Brunswick and Wendy Walker, Waycross.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the funeral home.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Patterson City Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.
Music Funeral Home of Waycross is in charge of arrangements.