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Candler - Viola Alexander Walker, 88, passed away unexpectedly on December 25, 2012, at her home.
She was a native of Buncombe Co., the daughter of the late Verly and Florence Alexander.
Mrs. Walker was a graduate of Leicester High School in 1943, where she was a member of the 1942 women's basketball team that won the first Buncombe County Championship.
Viola and her husband enjoyed traveling and square dancing together for over 40 years. She loved her flower gardens and raising raspberries.
She is survived by her husband Roy Walker, to whom she was married for 70 years; son Tony Walker; daughter Deanna Rice; grandchildren Jeff Rice and Robin Rice; great-grandchildren Alex Rice, Makenzie Rice, and Brayden Rice; and great-great grandchild Adalynn Dale Rice.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. James V. King officiating. Interment will follow at the Leicester Episcopal Cemetery.
Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
The online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, 2012