Williams Bazemore “Bill” Walker, 54, of Patterson, passed away Monday, September 30, 2019, after an extended illness.
He was born November 4, 1964 in Waycross, Georgia to Enoch Lawton Walker Jr. and Betty Williams Walker Martin.
He had an undying love for people and a passion for living that served as an example for all who knew him. In 2010, he was named the “Bright Spot Award” recipient for the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce but receiving numerous awards started in 1979 with him receiving the FFA’s Top Corn Grower contest winner. He also was the recipient of the Book of Golden Deeds and just this year was inducted into the Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame for serving as outstanding sports ambassador for Pierce County. He was a diehard Pierce County Bear, Georgia Bulldog and Atlanta Braves fan. “Ask anyone who knew him and they will concur,” said a family member. His personal athletic successes include tennis letterman at Patterson High School and Pierce County High School. An avid bicycler and assistant coach for numerous recreation league teams for the City of Patterson Recreation Department, he was recognized by having a playing field named in his honor.
He was a member of Patterson Baptist Church. He received his formal education at Patterson High School and Pierce County High School. He was a 1982 graduate of Pierce County High School. His smile, positive attitude and love of family and friends will be greatly missed.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Enoch, and by his step-father, James C. Martin.
Survivors include his mother, Betty Jean Williams Walker Martin, Waycross; his sister, Melinda W. Griffis (husband, Richard), Patterson; his brother, Enoch Lawton Walker, III (wife, Sheila), Waycross; nephews, R. Daniel Griffis, III (Tiffany), Brunswick, Jake Walker (fiance’, Rachel Hill), Waycross; nieces, Angel Griffis-Tittle (Ken) and their two sons, Hudson and Carter of Atlanta; Caroline Walker of Athens; several other relatives and too many friends to count.
Visitation will take place from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, October 5, at the Patterson Baptsit Church.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 5, from the Patterson Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Patterson Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Patterson Baptist Church Youth Department, 5770 Main St., Patterson, GA 31557.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.