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Joe Irvin Walker

Tyler, Texas

Aug 6, 1923 – Apr 7, 2021 (Age 97)


August 6, 1923
April 7, 2021
Tyler, Texas


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Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors - Tyler Obituary

Services for Joe I Walker, Sr, 97, of Tyler, will be held on Friday, April 16th, at 2:00 at Dean Baptist Church with Pastor Bob Sexton officiating.

Burial will follow at Dean Cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home.

Joe passed away on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 in Tyler.

Joe was born August 6th, 1923 in Tyler to Joe V and Linda Walker.

Born and raised a resident of Smith County; Joe was a longtime member of Dean Baptist Church.  He lived and worked the majority of his life on the family farm that he cherished so dearly.  Aside from a deep love for his wife Thelma and the Lord, Joe loved nothing more than to farm and raise cattle. He had an exceptional green thumb and grew some of the best jumbo cantaloupe and watermelon around. His quick wit and love of family were always apparent. Joe truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures and wanted the same for those he loved.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents: Joe V Walker and Linda Walker, brother: Thomas Walker, sister: Benja Lee Parker, and his son: Joe I Walker, Jr. 

Joe is survived by his loving wife Thelma Walker; son: Steve Walker of Tyler; grandchildren: Stephanie Busby and husband James of Prosper, TX; Brad Walker of League City; great-grandchildren: Katlyn Duffey, Samantha Finney, Cameron Finney and wife Bonnie, Sheldon Pylant, Madison Walker, and Grayson Walker; great-great grandson: Mason Finney

Pallbearers will be Cameron Finney, James Busby, Robert Woods, Richard Dickerson, Roscoe Dickerson, Jody Holley.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Walker and Ron Clark.

Visitation is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 on Thursday, April 15th at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home.

If desired, memorials may be made to the Dean Cemetery Fund.

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I remember Brother Walker from my childhood to my life now as an adult. He was always polite and happy about life. He had "his pew" at Dean Baptist Church and one of my last memories of him was him coming forward to put his Ninety-Six Coins in the little church bank that is used to hold the money donated by the church members. He dearly loved his wife and would always share how she was doing and would make sure he had food to take her on Sundays after church. Heaven received a...

Mr. Joe was such a dear sweet man. My husband, Devin, and I didn't know him long, but we thought the world of him and looked forward to seeing his smiling face on Sunday mornings at Dean Baptist when we were members there. I also enjoyed visiting with him and listening to his stories when he would stop by the Dean water office. He was just a delight! We will miss him on this earth, but we look forward to a sweet reunion one day in Heaven!

I adored this man. I have great memories of him when I was a kid. He would swim with us and was the best swimmer and the tricks he could do on the diving board. Lots of great Church trips too. RIP Mr. Joe love you bunches.