Sammy, as he was known to his family and close friends, retired from Carbide Industries in Calvert City, but had worked multiple jobs in Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee, including coal mining and his fair share of carpentry work. He was a member of the Star Lime Works Pentecostal Church.
Mary Ellastine Springs Walker, his surviving wife of 71 years, said it was love at first sight when they met while Sammy was working on the Kentucky Dam. They were married five months later, and would go on to have four children, Franklin Walker and his wife Wilma of Grand Rivers, Frances Snyder and her husband Kieth of Grand Rivers, Paula Stokes and her husband Carey of Calvert City and Linda Crider of Calvert City. Sammy is survived by seven grandchildren, Chuck Walker, Joey Walker, April Maze, Sha Estes, Heather Hendrick, Jalonda Topper and Amy Kenady; 17 great grandchildren; and seven great great grandchildren. Of his eight siblings, only one sister survives, Estella Hall of Smithland.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Crider; three brothers, Albert Walker, Jessie Walker and Rudell Walker; and four sisters, Mary Pierce, Opal Bebout, Dorothy Walker and Eunice Springs. His parents were Robert Hale “Bob” Walker and Frances Alberta “Allie” Satterfield Walker.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29 at Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home. Rev. C.C. Brasher and Rev. Mark Gill officiated. Burial followed in the Dixon Cemetery.
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