Billy Walker a resident of Durant, Oklahoma passed away, and went home to be with his Lord at St. John's Hospital in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at the age of 70 years 1 month and 11 days. He was born in Poteau, Oklahoma on Sunday, July 4, 1943 to Clyde Dean and Nova Dee (King) Walker. Billy married Kathy Lunday in Vinita, Oklahoma on Friday, August 4, 1967.
Billy served his country and community in the United States Air Force. He was of the Pentecostal faith, and a 32nd degree Mason as a member of Masonic Lodge #45. Billy earned a Bachelors Degree in Social Gerontology from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He also was employeed at the University as their Plant Supervisor. Billy played baseball for Carl Albert in Poteau, Oklahoma. His passion for sports carried over into his adult life where he watched pro-football and baseball whenever he could, but he especially loved watching his grandson play the games. He also enjoyed being outside fishing. But above of all he was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, and he loved his extended family very much.
Mr. Walker is survived by his wife, Kathy Walker of the home; son, Keith Walker and wife Amanda of Pottsboro, Texas; brother, Phil Walker of Pocola, Oklahoma; sister, Sharon O'Connor of Spiro, Oklahoma; grandchild, Tyler Dean Walker of Pottsboro, Texas and Jaxon Walker of Pottsboro, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Walker was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Nova Dee Walker.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Holmes Coffey Murray Chapel in Durant with Rev. John Breon officiating. The burial will be at Highland Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Howard Walton, Nick Mackey, Mike Baskin, Jason Wade, Jason Prescott and Ron Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be Mason Brothers, Tyler Walker, Jaxon Walker, J.R. Jones, John Lyons and Lewis Brown. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or the American Lung Association at www.lung.org.
Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com.
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.