Freddie Walker, 70, loving and beloved husband of Rosella Stern, died at home in Ormond Beach, under hospice care just after midnight on July 30. He had been through a very long struggle with cancer, followed by heart failure. He is survived by his daughters: Rosa Walker Lyons, Gloria Green (Lamont), Sharon Adjede (Raphael), and his daughter by marriage, Rebecca Bloom (Beth Barrett). He is the grandfather of Victoria, Brandon (deceased), Fredrick, Joshua, Jordan, Zaire, Eheme and Elijah. He has five great grandchildren. An only child, he was close to his sister-in-law Paula Donahue and her husband Steven, deceased. Born on a turpentine camp in Baker County Florida on March 4, 1944 to Rosa Lee and Albert Walker, he moved with his family to Bunnell at age 1. He was raised by his mother, who sometimes lived on a farm outside of town, and his step father Jack Walker. At age 9 he went to Philadelphia to live with his aunt, Edna Smith Tyson, who was very influential in his upbringing until he moved back to Florida as a teen. He graduated from Carver High School in Bunnell, one of the last segregated schools in the United States. Drafted into the U.S. Army in the mid-60's, he refused an offer to receive officer's training at West Point and went up through the ranks to Master Sergeant over a 21 year military career in combat arms. He was stationed in Berlin in the honor guard, in the Korean DMZ, Viet Nam, Hawaii, Georgia, Washington State and Alaska. He was wounded in Vietnam and received the silver star for valor, among his many honors. He retired from the service in 1986 and lived in Tacoma and Kirkland Washington, working for the U.S. Postal Service and Microsoft, before returning to Florida just under 6 years ago. Politically and culturally astute, he enjoyed the healthy political discussion and the best of the blues, classic R&B and dance, as well as the joys of nature. Nothing was better than a walk on the beach in Ormond at dawn or a ride along A1A. This could only be topped by dancing in the kitchen. He will be deeply missed by those friends everywhere who wished they knew him longer and better. Funeral services will be held Sunday, 1 p.m., Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 548 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, followed by a graveside military internment. Rabbi Steven Stein of Temple Beth El and Rabbi Zev Sorenstein of Temple Beth Shalom will co-officiate. Shiva will be held Sunday and Monday nights at 7 p.m. at his home in Ormond Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations are to be given in his name to the United Negro College Fund.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 1, 2014