Dorothy "Gayle" Walker, 70, of Blair, passed away Monday morning, March 3, 2014, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus.
Mrs. Walker was born west of City View, in Greer County, on Oct. 27, 1943, to Delmer and Cornelia (Holt) Sullivan. Beginning school at City View, Gayle married the love of her life, Eddie Walker, on Dec. 19, 1959, and they spent the next 47 wonderful years together before his death on Aug. 2, 2007. As a young bride in high school, Gayle graduated from Stillwater High School in 1963, while Eddie was attending Oklahoma State University. In the mid 1960s they moved back to Blair and a short time later, they moved to Edna, Texas before moving to Jourdanton, Texas, later returning to Blair where she lived until her death. In 1984, Gayle began working as a correctional officer at the Oklahoma State Reformatory, retiring in 2006. One of the top marksmen at OSR, Gayle was known as the family snake killer and gofer shooter, who enjoyed watching television, reading, working in the yard, fishing and taking trips on their motorcycles in their spare time.
She was preceded in death by her father, Delmer Sullivan; her husband, Eddie Walker; one brother, Larry Sullivan and a grandson, Garrett Walker.
She is survived by her mother, Cornelia Sullivan of Mangum; three children, Debbie Southall and husband Brent of Altus, Wesley Walker and wife Ollie of Blair, and Lori Denney and husband Heath of Blair; eight grandchildren, Caitlyn Southall and fiancé Greg Shaw of Blair, Read Southall of Altus, Terrance Ozeretny of Mangum, Reece Walker and wife Kaylee of Blair, Brittany Ozeretny of Blair, Ciera Walker of Yukon, Keeli Toole and husband Clay of Mangum, and Lexi Denney of Blair; five great-grandchildren, Serenity Young, Kacie Ozeretny, Noah Singleton, Greyson Walker and Breckum Sanders; two sisters, Jean Hunter of Lake Creek, and Joyce Duffer of Mangum; one sister-in-law, Ann Fagan and husband Eddie; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 5 at the Blair First Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow at the Blair Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home of Altus.
The family will greet friends at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m.
Online tributes may be made to the family at www.Lowell-Tims.com