SIKESTON -- Eddie Walton, 82, died at 8:31 a.m. July 12, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.
Born Oct. 4, 1922, in Sandis, Miss., to the late Ben and Elgenie Walton, he was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942-1946 and received training in engineering, riflery and construction machinery; he also helped build roads. He served as an elder at the Bowman Street Church, which he helped build, and as the mayor of Haywood City for several years. He retired from Malone and Hyde Co. after more than 25 years of employment.
On Nov. 21, 1942, he married Willie Etta Pipkins who preceded him in death on Dec. 11, 2000.
He was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include: nine children and their spouses, David and Alberta Walton of New Madrid, Louise McGhee, Vernell Walton and Marie Walton, all of Sikeston, Diane Walton of University City, Joanna and James Blue of Cape Girardeau, Wilma Jean and Philemon Ward of Florissant, Lonn Dale and Stella Walton of St. Charles and Eddie and Betty Walton Jr. of Chicago; one sister, Fannie Holmes of Alton, Ill.; one brother, Dorvice Walton of Omaha, Neb.; and 25 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. Saturday until time for services at 2 p.m. at the Morehouse Church of Christ. James Blue, Philemon Ward and Dale Grissom will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Sikeston Memorial Park.
Massie Funeral Home of Mounds, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.