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Wilbur Roberd Walker


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Wilbur Roberd Walker, 83, of Gulfport, MS peacefully passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019. He was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born October 21, 1935 in Hillsboro, OH to John and Lula Mae Walker. After meeting the love of his life, Beatrice Louise, they married on May 19, 1957, and remained married for 61 years. Wilbur then joined the United States Air Force, where he served for 21 years as an Avionics Mechanic and later an instructor at Keesler Air Force Base. When retirement wasn’t enough, he decided to earn his Associate’s Degree in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration. After working for Southland Corp and Lady Luck Casino, he retired once more to enjoy some farming and family.   

Wilbur was a loving & generous husband, father, & grandfather. He is preceded in death by his parents, John & Lula Mae Walker, his brothers, George, Willard, & Paul Walker, his sister, Ermalane Rouse, and his beloved son-in-law, Daniel Tate. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice, his daughters, Karen (Jody) Smith of Meridian, MS, Sharon Tate of Arab, AL, and Michele (Tim) Scott of Melbourne, FL. His loving memory also carries on with his grandchildren, Daniel Walker, Bryan (Melissa) Tate, Jamie (Joel) Abdullah, Veronica (Chris) Romano, Rachael (Cole) Bruce, Jared (Jourdan) Scott, Christopher (Amber) Tate, Taylor (Jonathan) Bishop, Kennedy (Taylor) Smith, Jeremy Scott, and his great-grandchildren, Braxton & Christian Walker, Kaleigh & Kason Tate, Landon & Nara Abdullah, and Rowan & Walker Romano.

A celebration of life will be held on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at the Biloxi National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crusaders for Veterans, PO Box 6272, Diamondhead, MS 39525.



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Karen Smith

April 15, 2019, 7:10 pm

I love you daddy😘😘😘

Sara Raskett

April 15, 2019, 7:55 pm

Words are so hard. I loved Uncle Wilbur so much. He meant so much to me growing up, spending days and nights at your house, he was always there for all of us. Oh the stories I could tell lol. When I needed a car he sold me Mable, wish I had been smart enough to keep her. When Gary and I got married your home was opened to us, it was the best wedding ever. He will always be in my heart. The Walker family is in my heart and prayers through this time of grief and celebration of a life well lived.

Dana worden

April 15, 2019, 8:27 pm

My hart aches for your loss . I wish I were near to hug your neck😌 but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love always

Harold and Linda Lockridge

April 15, 2019, 9:51 pm

To the family, first we would like to say Thank You for the Service, Sacrifice and Freedom that he maid for us and our country. We are so very sorry for your loss. We know he will be greatly miss by his loved ones, family and friends.

Louise Thrash

April 16, 2019, 1:59 am

Karen, so sorry for the loss of your father!! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you!!louise

Shari Tart

April 16, 2019, 9:19 am

Thank you Uncle Wilbur for all the love you shared through the years. We were mot always an easy bunch to keep up with. You took my hand on the worse night of my life and stayed with me I will never forget how much you and Aunt Bea did for me. I know we grew apart through the years but the love I felt than is still true today . God has received a special angel. RIP.

Autumn Seymour

April 16, 2019, 2:21 pm

My prayers are with you all, he was a wonderful man ❤️

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