Bee William Walker, 95, passed away Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Alleene Cemetery, Alleene Ark. The family sends A Special Thank you to all his Visiting Angels and hospice caregivers.|
Bee was born May 20, 1920 in Alleene, Ark., to Jonie and Luberta Walker. Bee met the love of his life, Gladys Lansdell in that rural community where both families lived; they married Dec. 23, 1939. He served our country in the U.S. Navy during Word War II. Bee was assigned to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Sangamon and served as Fireman First Class in the South Pacific. After several Japanese Kamikaze attempts, a disabling hit occurred off Okinawa. He was reassigned to the Midway. After the war ended and seeking employment, he traveled with his young family from Washington state to Galveston. Finally settling in West Texas where he worked for Cabot Carbon.
After retiring, he returned home to Arkansas. Bee received his Cherokee name of Strong Warrior, which was proven throughout his life. He and Gladys moved to Granbury where she preceded him in death after 75 years of marriage. Other family members preceding him in death are his parents, siblings Odie, E.D., Inez, Estelle, Cleve, James and his grandchildren Shannon and Van Dixon. ?
Survivors include, daughters Patricia (Jack) Beverly, Mary Ellen (Gary) Walker, Joyce (Wally) Brown; grandchildren, David (Susan) Wilson, Jim (Joyce) Wilson, Wendy (Rick) Werner, Shel (Doug) Pennington, Delana (Stefan) Smith; nine great-grandchildren; seven-great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Published in Big Spring Herald on Feb. 4, 2016