William J. Walker, Sr.
William J. (Bill) Walker, Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Katy, Texas, at the age of 84.
Bill was born on April 22, 1937 in El Dorado, Arkansas to the late William Luther and Julia Streett Walker. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a golf pro in Shreveport, Spring Hill, and then Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington, Louisiana, where he later served as President. His devotion to his family and to teaching the game of golf to many young people over the years were his greatest passions. He was an avid reader, loved history (and tried to pass that on to his family with several trips to historic battlefields and museums), and enjoyed researching our family tree. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Mandeville, Louisiana and most recently a member of St. Faustina Catholic Church in Fulshear.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Jane Walker of Richmond, Texas, his brother-in-law Bill Martin and his wife Kumi Martin of Boston, children, Billy Walker and his wife, Tess Walker, and Bridgett Spier and her husband Stacy A. Spier of Katy, Texas. He is also survived by his pride and joys, his grandchildren, William Joseph Walker III and his wife, Jessica Sanders Walker, Brandon Michael Walker and his wife, Ashley Yenior Walker, Haley Jane Spier, Blake Alan Spier, and Maximillian Stuart Walker, and two great grandchildren, William Joseph Walker, IV (Bunky) and Amelia Lynn Walker, as well as his Goddaughter, Jessica Zizik.
Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at St. Faustina Catholic Church in Fulshear. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. with Father Dat Hoang presiding. A graveside service will be held in Camden, Arkansas at a later date.
Those wishing to make memorial donations may do so to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital, www.stjude.org.
Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home
1344 W. Grand Parkway South ~ Katy, Texas 77494 ~ (281) 391-2424
Clem Willard Whitmer
Clem Willard Whitmer, 88, of Muldrow, Oklahoma passed from this life March 6, 2022 in Muldrow. He was born December 12, 1933, in Fort Smith, to Clem Millard Whitmer and Iola Eslinger Whitmer. Clem was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict. He was retired from the Whirlpool Corporation and was a member of First Baptist Church in Muldrow. Clem loved his family and was a doting grandfather. He enjoyed fishing and dining on frog legs. Clem was known for his horsemanship, and could ride any horse you put under him.
Clem is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Louise McKinney of Hector, Arkansas and Cynthia Susan Burnett of Muldrow; one son, Clem Webster Whitmer of Muldrow; one sister, Dorothy Whitmer Berley; seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Louise Whitmer, his parents, and two brothers Glen and Don Whitmer.
Funeral services will be 10:00am Thursday, March 10, 2022 at Edwards Funeral Home. Burial, with U.S. Army honors, will follow at Fort Smith National Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00pm Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at Edwards Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Katie Drake, Lauren Drake, Jeannie Whitmer Morgan, Emmarie Mckinney, Faith Mckinney, Gail Mckinney, Beth Dommell, Kasey Dommell, Wayne Whitmer, Joe McKinney, David Drake and Lester McKinney.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled Veterans of Fort Smith, 6000 Zero Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903.
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