SIKESTON -- Ray E. Walker, 79, died Oct. 5, 2012, at his home.
Born March 20, 1933, in Newark, Ark., son of the late William and Blanche Lovejoy Walker, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War, and a member of the Sikeston Elks Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Henry Meldrum American Legion Post 114. He was a truck driver for Potlatch before retiring.
On Nov. 23, 1954, he married Carolyn Baker, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son, Mitchell Walker of Sikeston; one daughter, Anita Nelson of Sikeston; one brother, Robert Walker of Haleyville, Ala.; two sisters, Winnie Haskins of Sun Valley, Ariz., and Bertie Clouse of Hardy, Ark.; and eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother and six sisters.
Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Ponder Funeral Home where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Johnie Sliger, pastor of the Illinois Avenue General Baptist Church, will officiate.
Burial with full military honors will follow at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Online condolences may be sent at www.ponderfuneralhome.com.