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 Everette Gregory “EG” Walker

Everette Gregory “EG” Walker

Birth
Fleetwood, Ashe County, North Carolina, USA
Death 13 Oct 2015 (aged 91)
Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Burial Sumter, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 153860822 · View Source
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Lieutenant Colonel (USAF, Retired) Everett Gregory "EG" Walker passed away on October 13, 2015 in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida. He was 91 years 11 months young. EG was born November 5, 1923 in the hills of Western North Carolina in the small town of Fleetwood. He was the son of Charles Theodore Walker Sr. and Eva Marie Walsh Walker. The family later moved to Rocky Mount, NC where he graduated from Rocky Mount High School in 1942. EG was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Jane Gray Longest Walker also from Rocky Mount, and two brothers and a sister; Charles Aubrey Walker, Charles Theodore Walker Jr. and Anna Eleanor Walker Scott.

EG is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Walker Coleman; son-in-law Colonel (USAF, Ret.) Robert G. Coleman II; two grandsons; Robert G. Coleman III and William Gregory Coleman. In addition, he is survived by five great grandchildren; Robert G. Coleman IV, Harper Gray Coleman, Landry Walter Coleman, McCall Jayne Coleman and William Cooper Coleman. Also, two nieces; Mary Scott Ackiss and Martha Walker Fullington; and a nephew, Keith Walker.

Lieutenant Colonel Walker had a highly distinguished 30 year career in The United States Air Force serving his country valiantly through three wars - World War II, Korea and Vietnam. During his participation in World War II he was a bombardier in a B-24. He was shot down on his 18th mission deep in the heart of Germany, captured, and spent 10 months as a Prisoner of War in Stalag Luft III and Stalag Luft VII-A. He was repatriated in 1945 in Mooseberg, Germany, and returned to the United States in June 1945.

Upon his return to the United States, EG was sent to Midland, Texas to be a bombardier instructor. As luck would have it, there was a shortage of pilots. He volunteered for pilot training and in March 1947, he received his silver pilot wings and was commissioned as a 2nd LT.

Lt. Colonel Walker flew numerous aircraft to include the T-6, P-51, B-45, A-26, B-26, RB-45, RB-66, WB-66, RF-4 and T-39. His career assignments took him to Texas several times, Idaho, Louisiana, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, England, Korea, and Republic of Vietnam. He held numerous important staff positions to include Chief of Training for 9th Air Force Headquarters and Director of Safety at Shaw AFB, SC; he was an instructor pilot, a test pilot, a squadron operations office, and Commander of three different flying squadrons. While in Korea he flew 63 combat missions in the B-26; and in Vietnam he was the Air Operations Staff Officer responsible for all detailed combat operations orders for reconnaissance missions in Laos and North Vietnam. Lt. Colonel Walker retired from the United States Air Force in 1973 with numerous awards to include The Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 7 oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Air Force Commendation Medals, WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medals, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

At the conclusion of his Air Force career EG stayed in Sumter, SC, and was the Manager of the Printing Department for Osteen-Davis Company from 1973 to 1978. He then became an insurance salesperson for MetLife Insurance Company and served in that capacity from 1978 to 1994. He was an active member of the Sumter Lions Club. EG and Jane moved to Azalea Trace in Pensacola, Florida in November 1994.

Graveside services with Military Honors will be held on Sunday,October 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Evergreen Cemetery Park, 802 N. Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial be made to Sumter Lions Club, PO Box 2513, Sumter, SC 29151.

Bullock Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.


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  • Created by: Barbara Spears Pipek
  • Added: 17 Oct 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 153860822
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Everette Gregory “EG” Walker (5 Nov 1923–13 Oct 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 153860822, citing Evergreen Memorial Park, Sumter, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Spears Pipek (contributor 46800452) .