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Willis C. Walker

Willis C. WalkerWillis C. Walker, 99, of Carrollton passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, after a brief illness.

Born March 1, 1914, in Mt. Pleasant, OH, he was a son of the late Robert Earl and Eva Pickens Walker.

He grew up in Adena attending school there and graduating from Adena High School in 1933. He was a 1937 graduate of Muskingum College with a degree in business administration.  While attending college was a member of the Alban Club.

While attending Muskingum College he managed farms in Adena and Mt. Pleasant thus developing his interest in farming. In July of 1953, he entered into a partnership with his father and brother as R.E. Walker and Sons, building coal tipples in the Jefferson County area as well as helping to operate the Adena Hardware. Branching out, he moved to Cadiz and managed the International Harvester Farm equipment dealership. In 1960 he closed the dealership and moved to Carrollton and became the branch and field manager for Production Credit Association working with area farmers advising them on farm management with his experience on farm equipment and agricultural practices.

Willis helped establish, organize, and serve on the Daffodil Dairy Sale committee and served on the Farmers Home Administration (FHA) Board.

He was a very active member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Carrollton, having served on the Administrative Board, Trustees, and 25 years as church auditor. Willis was always interested and supportive of the youth program, working to establish and fund a Mt. Pleasant Church Scholarship Fund.

He was a member of F & A M Lodge for over 75 years and a 32nd Degree member of Scottish Rite Valley of Steubenville for 63 years.  He was initiated an Entered Apprentice of the Smithfield Lodge #182 in June of 1938, passed the degree of Fellowcraft in October, 1938, and raised to the degree of Master Mason in December, 1938 in Smithfield Lodge #182.  In November 1949, he dimitted to Harrison Lodge #219.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary Jane (Ron) May of Lisbon and Jo Ann C. Walker of Carrollton; son, John C. (Gail) Walker of Carrollton; three grandchildren, Mark (Amy) Kirkland, Kay (Scott) Washam, and William (Regan) Kirkland; 11 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Estelle (McMillen) Walker; two sisters, Mary E. Walker and Margaret E. Walker; and his brother, Robert W. Walker.

Funeral services were held July 6 in Mt. Pleasant Church with Rev. Carl Orphanides officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home in Carrollton was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Scholarship Fund, c/o Mt. Pleasant Church, 89 Canyon Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615.