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Walter D. Durden

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WALTER DAVID DURDEN (Age 84)  
CDR USN (Ret.)  

Of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on January 6, 2011. He was the youngest child of the late Fair and Carrie Durden of Twin City, Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ouida, Mary Elizabeth, Margaret, and Ruth; brothers, Thomas, Hardeman, Eugene, and Dickson.
Walter graduated from the University of South Carolina and attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA. During his honorable 26-year service in the United States Navy, he served at many locations, including the Pentagon with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Ethiopia as the Commanding Officer, Naval Communications Station Asmara, and the Norfolk, VA Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek. He then spent the next 22 years with Vitro Corp., a leading defense contractor.
Upon retiring from Vienna, VA to Ford's Colony in Williamsburg he spent time solving crossword puzzles, coupon clipping, reading, bowling, playing bridge and visiting friends and relatives across the country. Walt was a devoted, giving and caring husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Priscilla C. Durden, of Williamsburg, VA; children, Walter David Durden, Jr., and his wife Brenda, of Harrisonburg, VA, and Deborah Durden Bugby, of McLean, VA; and three grandsons, Christopher, Todd, and Scott.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23188. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The , Attention: Williamsburg Chapter, 11835 Cannon Blvd, Suite A102, Newport News, VA 23606.
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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 8, 2011
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