James Luther Walker, age 81, of Horseshoe Bend died Dec. 15, 2006, at his home. He was born on Sept. 30, 1925, the son of Luther Dalton and Myrtle Edith Taylor Walker in Franklin.
He went to elementary school in Oklahoma and finished high school in Arkansas then joined the United States Air Force. He went to Japan. After serving his country he enrolled in college in North Little Rock and then was called into the ministry. He was ordained in March of 1951 at Bethel Baptist Church in Bauxite, Ark. He then enrolled at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and then went to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He was the student pastor at Wright's Chapel in DeQueen, Ark.
He was the senior pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Olney, Ill.; pastor of Memorial Baptist Church in Evansville, Ill.; and pastor of Niles Avenue Baptist Church in St. Joseph, Mich.
In1975 he became the director of missions in the Bay Area Association in Midland, Mich., then followed as director of missions in Muncie, Ind. He retired in 1991.
He was a member of Franklin Baptist Church and served as interim pastor for other churches in the area.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jean Koontz Walker of the home; one son, Stephen Walker of Niles, Mich.; two sisters, Martha Thomas of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Reba Reeves of Okmulgee, Okla.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Franklin Walker and Orville Walker; four sisters, Helen Jones, Nova Price, Verble Hargis and Myrtha Thomas.
The funeral services were held Dec. 16 at Franklin Baptist Church with Bro. Robert Norton officiating. Interment followed in the Violet Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Tom Bailey, Bill Yancey, Richard Gordon, Nelson Smith, Don Self, Jimmy Shepherd, Hess Herb and Robert Reeves.
Honorary pallbearers were Chuck Green, Henry Book, Bill Blevins, J.B. Standridge, Bill Newell, Don Johnson, Austin Jones, Kirby Billingsley, Dean Brown, Edward Crabtree and Gerald Jackson.