James "Albert" Walton, 71, of Colonial Heights, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at the Medical College of Virginia.
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He was preceded in death by his father Quincey James Walton. Mr. Walton graduated in 1959 from Brosville High School in Danville and Danville Technical Institute in 1961. He then went on to work for the Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge, Tenn., from 1961 to 1965. He then moved to Petersburg, Va., in 1965, where he went to work for Brown and Williamson Tobacco Co. from 1965 to 1985. In 1986, he went to work for the Virginia Department of Mental Health, where he was a director of Physical Plant Services at the Southside Regional Training Center. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Colonial Heights, where he was very active and always there to lend a helping hand and to show love and support to his church family. Albert enjoyed family times at the beach, surf fishing, bass fishing with his son and son in-law, playing with his grandchildren, and getting together with family and friends.
Mr. Walton is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sandra Ward Walton; son, Jim Walton and girlfriend, Beth Mann; daughter, Shanna Miles and husband, Rodney; two granddaughters, Claudia and Vivian Miles; his 98-year-old mother, Sarah Barker; brother, the Rev. Geary Walton and wife, JoAnn; sisters, Florence Giles and husband, Neil, Nancy Carpenter and husband, Tim, Darlene Bass and husband, Ray, Sarah Welch and husband, Steve; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held 1 p.m. Friday June 29, 2012, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3701 Conduit Road, Colonial Heights, VA 23834, with the Rev. Dr. Deborah Fair officiating. Interment Bermuda Memorial Park, Enon, Va. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at church and also immediately after the interment in the fellowship hall at Wesley United Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements by the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard .
Published in The Progress-Index on June 28, 2012