Kelly W. Walker, Senior

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Kelly W. Walker, Senior

Kelly Walker, 78, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Hospice of East Texas Home Place in Tyler, Texas after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Tyler to Ellen and James G. Walker in October of 1941. Kelly was christened at Christ Episcopal Church two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Early years were spent in Tyler and in West Texas, before moving back to Tyler with his father and stepmother Curtis H. Walker to attend Birdwell Elementary and Hogg Junior High. Curtis and Kelly shared a special relationship throughout their lives. Walker graduated from Kemper Military School with honors in 1960 and from Vanderbilt University in 1964. He took pride in his membership in Kappa Alpha Order and as a member of the varsity cheerleading team at Vandy.

Kelly joined the oil business with Moon-Hines in Jackson, Mississippi; later, he was Vice President of a subsidiary of Amerada Hess. In 1972 Walker returned to Tyler to work for Millican Oil and worked independently after it sold to AMAX Oil and Gas. During his career, the East Texas Association of Petroleum Landmen honored Kelly with the Brantley Jackson and Pioneer Awards.

A long time member of Christ Church, he was on the vestry and held the position of senior warden. Serving multiple terms on the airport board, he was proud of his part in the new Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. Friends will recall his avid interest in tennis, aviation, automobiles, and visits to the family ranch near Ozona, Texas with his three sons. His warmth, joy for life, and love of friends and family will be losses for the many who knew and loved him, especially his wife, sons, and two brothers with whom he enjoyed close personal and business relationships.

He is survived by his wife of twenty four years, Jan Maedgen Walker; his three sons’ mother Melinda Moon Walker of Houston; sons, Wayne Walker, wife Leslie and granddaughter Ellie of Edmond, Oklahoma; Philip Walker of Ozona, Texas; Caton Walker, wife Thushara, grandson Hampton, granddaughter Lavinia of Toronto, Canada; two brothers Gary Walker and wife Melinda, Scott Walker and wife Karen both residing in or near Houston; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Walker family wishes to thank the Hope Cancer Center doctors and staff, his other medical teams, the tennis group, fraternity brothers, numerous friends, family, and business associates who have been tremendous supports during this time.

A memorial service will be held on a future date when celebrants can gather at Christ Church; refer to tylerpaper.com for updates. If desired, memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church 118 S Bois D Arc, Tyler, Texas 75701, Hospice of East Texas 4111 University Blvd. Tyler, Texas 75701, or charity of choice. Rest in peace our beloved “Poppy”, one of a kind.

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