TUSCALOOSA Beasor Barrow Walker Sr., Supernumerary Sheriff of Tuscaloosa County, age 91, died April 3, 2013, at Forest Manor Nursing Home. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Forest Lake Baptist Church with Dr. Donald Payne officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be today from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Forest Lake Baptist Church.
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He was preceded in death by his father, William Alexander Walker; his mother, Erdele Logan Walker; his first wife, Kathy Simpkins Walker; his son, Beasor B. Barry Walker Jr.; his sister, Maxine Erdele Steele; his brothers, Fred Alexander Walker, William Robert Walker Sr., and Richard Donald Walker; and his nephew, William Robert Walker Jr.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Margaret Bates Walker; his son, William Arthur Walker (Janet); his daughter, Terri W. Burroughs (Bill); his grandchildren, William David Walker, Ashley Delaine Walker, and Meredith Leigh Walker; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Eunice Logan Clements; his nephews, James McLain Walker of Lillian and Herbert Lee Clements Jr. (Ann); and his nieces, Linda J. Steele of Montgomery and Martha S. Wallace (Dr. John E.) of Birmingham.
Beasor Walker was born in Tuscaloosa and grew up during the Great Depression. After graduation from Tuscaloosa High School he joined the U.S. Army. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, he landed on Omaha Beach, and by the war's end, he was one of the most decorated combat soldiers in Alabama history.
Beasor received two Silver Star medals, three Bronze Stars, the American Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the European Theater Ribbon with five Battle Stars, Victory Clasp and Arrowhead for the Invasion of Normandy, the Distinguished Service Cross (the nation's second-highest award), two Purple Hearts, and several other commendations. As the war ended, his unit served as security for the Nuremburg Trials.
After World War II, Beasor graduated from the University of Alabama. When the Korean War began he remobilized with the Army and used his hard-earned knowledge to train replacement troops for Korea. Having given the military 35 years of service, Beasor retired from the Alabama National Guard with the rank of Brigadier General. He served as Tuscaloosa County Sheriff from 1971 to 1991.
He loved the Lord Jesus Christ, his family, friends, and his church, Forest Lake Baptist Church. He was an avid traveler with his beloved wife, Margaret. They enjoyed the last 10 years of his life traveling on many trips to Europe, Alaska, and most of the United States. He loved the Smokies, where they were married, and made many more memories there.
His stepdaughter Terri became the daughter he never had. During his five year illness, she and her husband Bill were always there to help where needed. They have been a rock of indescribable love and support, and he depended on them with so much love and respect.
He was past president of the Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa and a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Tuscaloosa Chapter 2211, the 31st Brigade Alumni Association, the American Legion, the VFW, Alabama Sheriffs' Association, the Legion of Valor, the 26th Infantry Regiment Blue Spaders, the First Infantry Division Big Red One, Tuscaloosa Veterans Memorial Board of Directors, Alabama Peace Officers Association, Combat Infantrymen's Association, Marion Military Hall of Honor, and the Peace Officers Hall of Fame.
Pallbearers will be Sidney J. Cook III, Mark Collins, David P. Kizer, Col. James R. Ray Haynie, Lt. Robert McFerrin, and William David Walker.
Honorary pallbearers are friends and neighbors of Academy Drive, Alabama Sheriffs' Association, Robert D. Bobby Timmons, Susan Harris, Leslie Hubbert, all supernumerary, retired, and current sheriffs of Alabama, retired Sheriff Ted and Leah Ann Sexton of Los Angeles, Calif., past and present officers and men and women of the Alabama National Guard, Cmdr. Lee Allen and Mary Nell Hallman, Lt. Col. Jim Wallace, Chief Warrant Officer Rodgers Wilson Jr., Col. Sam Andreasen, Col. Dexter Hancock, Capt. Keith Blalock, Cmdr. Robin Moore, Maj. Jeff Brown, Col. George Hodgson, Col. Paul O'Mary, all members past and present of the West Alabama Officers' Association, Military Officers Association of Alabama, Gov. Robert Bentley, retired Mayor Al DuPont, Col. Thomas J. Orlowski of Smithfield, Va., Society of the First Infantry Division The Big Red One members, 26th Infantry Regiment Blue Spaders, Col. Steve Bires, Gen. Paul Gorman, Col. Brian Cundiff, Col. David Mason, Jimmy Duren, Nancy Bates Kizer of Arab, Ala., Malorie, Brad, and Allie Kizer of Arab, Ala., Ronnie Bates of Rose City, Texas, Dorothy Bates Brandenburg of Buna, Texas, Lynn Bates Winters (David), Rayburn Ainsworth of Lafayette, La., Cathy Gilliland, Magaria Bobo, Fran Brazeal, Brenda Haynie, Gayle McFerrin, Mike Ray, Dr. John A. Nixon Jr., Dr. John Hinton, Dr. C.J. Doane, Phyliss Doane, Dot Smith, Carla Bedgood, Telesa Ellison, Catherine Hollingsworth, D.J. and Dot Elliott, Carl and Colleen Wilson, Susan R. Hathorne, Paul W. Bryant Jr., Claude and Melanie Edwards, Harry Montgomery, Ron Abernathy, Tommy and Mary Ann Smith, Jerry and Cindy Shrum, LeRoy and Ruth McAbee, Shirley Crowder, Arnold and Cecil Avery, Signa Morgan, Major Herb and Bert Ragsdale, Ronnie and Connie Taylor, Al Romanello, Rev. Elijah and Arnelle James, Jimmy Hulsey, Mollie Bloodworth, Jerry Troxler, Jody and Jonnie Blackburn, Candice Burge, Linda Jackson, Ardis Hancock, Greg Kosloff, Dr. M.L. Roberts, Martha Cook, Judge Joe and Sue Colquitt, Maxine Walker, Bessie Sasser, Imogene and James Fowler, Joe Powell, Judge R. Bernard Harwood Jr., Gordon Rosen, Ralph and Kat Quarles, Marcia Quarles, David Hardin, Jerry Belk, Sen. Richard Shelby, Judge Scott Coogler, Betty Harless, Nancy Stewart, Betty C. Washington, Banks Quarles Plumbing & Heating, Beverly Phifer, Captains Dean and Pam Moretz and the Salvation Army staff, Charles A. Brown, Forest Lake Baptist Church members, Northport Baptist Church members, Ann Skinner, Roy and Grace Lamon, Mike and Joy Burroughs, Ted Brock, Frances Smith, Monteen Hardin, Albert and Virginia Pitts, Bryant McGee, Bobby Walker, Billie Jean Mitchell, A.D. Christian, Janet Teer, Judy and Curtis Colburn, Aubrey and Barbara Dale, Lucien Lewis, Royal Hearts Sunday School Class, Paul and Peggy Adams, Doug and Martha Dyer, Florene Wooldridge, Dr. Gil McKee, Nancy Norton, Tim and Cathy Parker, Lyn and Ann Colburn, Exchange Club members, Marion Military Institute officers and staff, all friends and supporters of the City of Tuscaloosa and Tuscaloosa County, Mr. Bill's Family Dining, Jason Wyatt, Oscar Curtin, Jack Howard, Col. Rudolf H. Egersdorfer of Lititz, Pa., Staff Sgt. Pert and Pat Umphrey of Ellijay, Ga., Col. John K. Gibber, Bobby and Cathy Wooldridge, Delbert Reed, Sheriff Billy Sharp, past and present Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Deputies and staff, all Tuscaloosa City and County and Northport law enforcement officers, Chief Stephen Anderson and police officers, Chief Ken Swindle, Buddy Burton, Jackie Sharp, all past and present employees of the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse, Judge Hardy McCollum, Bobby Miller and other commissioners, Forest Manor Nursing Home staff, administrators, RNs, CNAs, and Station Four, Angelia Johnson, Connie Holley, Jeremy Channell, Mary Craig, and all others who have cared for Mr. Walker the last two and one-half years, all caregivers past and present, including Deveron Dee Armstrong and Charles Armstrong, Maria E. Pizarro, Beverly Warren, Dorothy Gaines, and Earlene Lewis for all their loving care of Mr. Walker, Dr. William A. Hill Jr., Dr. Hector Caballero, Dr. Thomas and Susanne McDermott, Dr. Michael Johnson, Dr. S. Sundar, Dr. Barry J. Gould, Dr. Jack Smalley, Dr. Les Fowler, Dr. Wesley Spruill, Dr. James Robinson, Beth Dunn, Kelley Marlowe, Marion Watts, and Ann Connell.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Forest Lake Baptist Church and the Salvation Army.
Condolences may be sent at www.tuscaloosamemorial.com.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Apr. 6, 2013