Willie Ray Walker

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On September 1, 2013, Our Heavenly Father called from labor to reward, His faithful servant, SCPO Willie Ray Walker, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Willie was born in Elizabeth, Louisiana on February 28, 1937. He was the 7th of 8 children born to Sidney and Marvin Walker. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 4 sisters and one son, Solomon Naborne.
Willie graduated from Washington High School and attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy for over 22 years before retiring from active duty on July 31, 1981 as Senior Chief Petty Officer. He continued his service in the Fleet Reserves for 6 additional years. He received numerous declarations, medals, badges, citations, campaign awards and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam with Bronze Star) during his time of service.
Upon his retirement and moving to San Antonio, he was gainfully employed at Holiday Inn Select from November, 1981 to June, 2013 when his health began to fail. He was respected by all and known as Mr. Will.
While stationed in San Diego, he met the love of his life, Annie McClain Naborne. They were married May 10, 1970 and remained inseparable for 43 years. Their vow of "until death do us part" was taken seriously and honored joyfully. His marriage to Annie brought two young boys into his life that he adored and raised as his own.
Willie was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ at an early age. In 1994, he joined Livingway Church where he served faithfully and enthusiastically in several ministries until his health failed earlier this year. Willie truly loved Bishop Fender, Pastor Becky and the Livingway family. He tithed on any money that came into his hands; even monetary gifts. Willie was a strong family man, good neighbor and loyal friend to many.
He leaves to mourn his departure his loving and faithful wife, Annie; son, Frank Naborne, Jr.; sister, Doris (Charles) Corbin; grandsons, Frank Naborne III and Elijah Naborne; granddaughters, Sasha and Tia Naborne; great-grandson, Jaiden Benson; sisters-in-law, Maggie McClain, Cynthia (Gene) Brooks and Olivia McClain; a host of nephews, nieces, relatives, and friends. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 10, at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND LEGACY
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
11:30 A.M.
LIVINGWAY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
13285 IH 35 NORTH

Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the , 8115 Datapoint Dr., San Antonio, TX 78229; or the , 8610 N. New Braunfels, #400, San Antonio, TX 78217.

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Published in Express-News on Sept. 10, 2013
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