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James W. Walker
 Mr. James W. Walker of Shelby passed away surrounded by family on Sunday June 10, 2012.  Born in Cleveland County on October 15, 1927, he was a graduate of Appalachian State University with postgraduate studies at Clemson University.  James taught high school for thirty-nine years, retiring from Crest High School in 1988.

James served his country during World War II in the United States Marine Corps as an aviation mechanic and was stationed at MCAS Quantico near Washington, D.C. and at MCAS Cherry Point in North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lawson C. Walker; his mother Lula Warlick Walker; a brother, Donald L. Walker and wife Polly; a sister, Geraldine Walker Christopher; and a brother-in law, N. Joseph Wright.  Survivors include his wife of sixty-two years, Doris McMurry Walker; two sons, Gary L. Walker and wife Susan; Philip K. Walker and wife Suzanne; a sister, Mazel W. Wright; a brother, Raymond C. Walker and wife Rosetta L. Walker; grandchildren Emily Walker and Kenny McCourt, Danielle Cline and husband Derek; James Walker and Amy O’Bryan; and Lawson Hart Walker; great grandchildren Hayden Walker and Lane Cline.

Remembered as a hunter and a fisherman, he also had a lifelong second career as a farmer renowned for his much sought after tomatoes.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Priscilla Walker will be officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:30pm on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Cecil M Burton Funeral Home and Crematory.  At other times the family will be at the home.

The family requests memorials be made to Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, 1642 Sulphur Springs Road, Shelby NC 28152 or Casar Baptist Church, 1519 Casar-Lawndale Road, Casar NC 28020.

Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Walker.

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