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Sam Walton
Birth: Mar. 29, 1918
Kingfisher
Kingfisher County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Apr. 5, 1992
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA

Businessman. After graduating from the University of Missouri, he began his career as a retail merchant when he opened the first of several franchises of the Ben Franklin five-and-dime franchises in Arkansas. He opened his first Wal-Mart store in 1962; specializing in name-brands at low prices, the chain of Wal-Mart stores sprang up across rural America. His management style was popular with employees and helped to spur growth, taking the company public in 1970. The decentralized distribution system created the edge needed to further spur growth in the 1980s amidst growing complaints that the "superstore" was squelching smaller, traditional Mom and Pop stores. By 1991, Wal-Mart was the largest U.S. retailer with 1,700 stores. He remained active in managing the company, as president and CEO until 1988 and chairman until his death. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom shortly before his death. 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Gibson Walton (1892 - 1984)
  Nancy Lee Lawrence Walton (1898 - 1950)
 
 Spouse:
  Helen Robson Walton (1919 - 2007)
 
 Children:
  John Thomas Walton (1946 - 2005)*
 
 Sibling:
  Sam Walton (1918 - 1992)
  James Walton (1921 - 1995)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
RECIPIENT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
 
Burial:
Bentonville Cemetery
Bentonville
Benton County
Arkansas, USA
Plot: Block 9, Lot 15
 
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Originally Created by: Scott McManimen
Record added: Sep 15, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6779534
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