Class  of  1944
Albert  Ray  Walker

Obituary

 

 

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Albert completed his project called "life" on February 6, 2016 at 11:52 a.m. in his home at Morningside, Paris, TN.

Al was a retired management executive for Raytheon Engineers & Constructors of Philadelphia, PA where he held a position from 1967 until retirement in 1987. Prior to this position, he worked with the Power Production division of Tennessee Valley Authority for fifteen years.

Born in Henry County November 2, 1926, he was the son of the late Albert B. Walker & Mary Butler Walker. He married the love of his life, Mary Alean Bowden on January 31,1949. Mary pre-deceased Albert in 2011, leaving a lifetime of shared travel, memories & eternal love for Al to cherish.

Al is survived by his son, Bradford R. Walker of Bandera, TX and daughter, Cynthia (Cindi) Walker of Houston, TX. In addition he leaves behind his son-in-law, Michael Morrison, granddaughter Alyssa Walker Morrison both of Houston, TX and his cherished Granddaughter Abigail Walker Ferguson (Jason) and great-grandsons, Colin and Dylan Ferguson of Austin, TX. As well as, his exceptional Grandog, Angel ?

Al was a member of the First Christian Church in Paris. And he served as Chairman of the Memphis branch of S.C.O.R.E.( Service Corps of Retired Executives), where he organized and instituted a local branch of Henry County SCORE. As a member of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, he served on the Board of Directors, executive committee and committee assignments. His highly active years also included memberships in the Elks Club, Paris Country Club, Rotary Club, Lions, VFW, Antique Automobile Club of America, Paris-Henry County Arts Council, Robert E. Lee School Association, Paris-Henry County Heritage Center, and the Henry County Republican Party. He served two years as Chairman of the Henry County Republican Party( 1990-1992).

A graduate of E.W. Grove High School class of 1944, he served one year in the Tennessee State Guard during his Junior & Senior years of high school. Al attended Murray State University after discharge, from the U.S. Navy. During World War II he served in the Pacific Theater on the U.S.S. Bingham APA 225 (1944-1946)

During his career, and while residing in Pennsylvania, Albert served as a deacon in two churches, as well as being a Boy Scout Master and Councilman for five years with the Boy Scouts of America. He was a also a member of the American Nuclear Society while living in Philadelphia.

During the 15 years he was employed with Tennessee Valley Authority, he was selected for the initial education program for nuclear power production. After the completion of ORSORT (Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology), he was assigned to the Atomic Energy Commission, now called NRC, in Oak Ridge, TN, as well as the Hanford Atomic Facility in Hanford, WA. He was one of the first licensed and certified nuclear reactor operators in the United States. After five years with A.E.C., he returned to the T.V.A. Power Production Division and taught classes at two T.V.A. power stations in Kentucky.

In 1967, Mr. Walker joined United Engineers & Constructors, Inc., presently Raytheon Corporation, in Philadelphia as a test engineer. After two years as an engineer, he was promoted to a management position. From there, his positions changed swiftly, and he served as Construction Manager, Project Manager, and Manager of Latin American Operations. He served two years in Jedda, Saudi Arabia as Middle-East Project Manager. He retired in 1987 from the position of Department Manager of Operating Plant Services in Philadelphia.

Al returned to his hometown of Paris where he served the community in as many ways as possible, until his health precluded his active engagement . In doing so, Al developed deep connections with the community and people of Paris. His reputation as a highly respected" gentleman" was shared by so many.

The family would like to express sincere & loving gratitude to the people who assisted Al during the end of life care: Ken and Jackie Alexander, Valerie & Dick Bates, the staff of HCMC 2 South,Hospice Care of HCMC, Kim Russell and all the loving staff of Morningside who adored "Mr. Al".He will be missed .

Memorial services honoring Al will be held on Wednesday, February 10th, 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Paris, TN, with a reception to follow on location.

We request that memorials be made to the charity of your choice OR to First Christian Church, 101 S. Poplar St., Paris, TN 38242 , in Al's honor.
 

 

 

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Reprinted from  THE McEVOY  FUNERAL  HOME  Website
Paris, Tennessee
www.mcevoyfuneralhome.com
 

 

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