ODESSA Billy Carl Walker, also known as "Fireman Bill," age 60, of Odessa, passed from this life on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at his home in Odessa. |
He was born in Andrews, TX, on November 10, 1953, to the late Edward Carl Walker and Dorothy Louise (Tolleson) Walker.
He was a US Marine Veteran, where he was a drill instructor. Billy served 20 years as a fireman in Midland, retiring as Captain, and also worked for the Midland Sheriff's Department. A motorcycle enthusiast, he was a member of "The Last Few Motorcycle Club."
He lived to ride and rode to live – he had ridden in and completed the "Iron Ass" motorcycle rally. Never one to shy away from a thrill, he loved life and had adventures as a sky diver, bronc rider, and rodeo clown. Billy also owned his own private contracting business.
Those left to cherish his love and memory are his son: Billy C. Walker, Jr. of Odessa; three daughters: Carla Hartwig and husband Lee of Odessa, Melrea Michelle "Sissy" Smith and husband Robert of Odessa, and Jenna Preston Roundtree of Missoula, MT; six grandchildren: Adam Walker and wife Melanie, Paige Smith, Annabelle Hartwig, Alex Hartwig, Brandon Meurer, and Chelsea Meurer; and one great-grandson: Jaydon Duginski.
In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his siblings, two brothers: Floyd Garrett and Theron Alley; and one sister: Melrea Tolleson.
Memorial services will be Thursday, December 12, 2013, at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd., Odessa, at 10:30 am, officiated by Pastor Johnny Thomason. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolence may be sent online at acreswestfuneral.com.
The Fallen Limb – A limb has fallen from the family tree. I keep hearing a voice that says, "Grieve not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, the song. The good life I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you. Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest. Remembering all, how I truly was blessed. Continue traditions, no matter how small. Go on with your life, don't worry about falls. I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin. Until the day comes, we're together again."
Published in Odessa American on Dec. 11, 2013