Kenneth “Ken” Walker

Published 10:04 pm Monday, June 10, 2013

George Kenneth Walker died at home on Saturday, June 8, 2013, after a short battle with cancer.

He was born April 18, 1934, in Polk County, and was the son of the late George Austin and Maybelle McDowell Walker. He was a member of Cudd Memorial Baptist Church where he was a former deacon, Sunday School teacher, trustee and served on several committees.

He served in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller. Ken retired from Durham Life Insurance Company after 34 years of service. He worked for Professional Records Services as a courier until October 2012.

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Mr. Walker is survived by his wife, Florence Wilkins Walker; one daughter, Sally Richards (Buddy) of Boiling Springs, S.C.; two sons, Kenny Walker (Sharyn) of Boiling Springs, S.C. and Carroll Walker (Tina) of Chesnee, S.C.; seven grandchildren: Adam and Andrew Richards; Hannah, Austin and Sarah Kate Walker, all of Boiling Springs, S.C.; Carrie Hargrove (Chris) of Pickens, S.C., and Claire Walker of Chesnee, S.C.; four brothers: William Walker (Shirley) of Boisier City, Louis.; Ray Walker (Catherine) of Inman, S.C.; Charles Walker (Sherry) of San Antonio, Texas and Douglas Walker (Tina) of Columbus; five sisters: Libby Phillips of Easley, S.C.; Peggy Eddy of Winnsboro, S.C.; Elaine Edwards of Inman, S.C.; Judy Huntsinger of Mill Springs and Carolyn Toney of Green Creek; a brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Helen Wilkins of Inman, S.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Monday, June 10, 2013, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Cudd Memorial Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Danny Garrett, the Rev. Ronnie Norris and the Rev. Chris Hargrove. Burial with military rites by the SC State Guard Honors Team will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.  Kenny, Carroll and Austin Walker; Buddy, Adam and Andrew Richards; and Chris Hargrove will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to SRMC Hospice Special Needs Fund, 120 Heywood Avenue, Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302 or to Cudd Memorial Baptist Church Food Pantry, 1301 Boiling Springs Road, Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.

The family is at the home.

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