Obituaries

Randall Leroy Walker

January 9, 1931 - February 22, 2017

Randall Leroy Walker, 86, of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, passed away on February 22, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Randall was born in Enfield, Illinois to Muriel and William Walker on January 9, 1931. He was one of fifteen children, and attended a small county school in Enfield. Randall served for the U.S Army in the Korean War, where he left with a hatred of rice.

Randall married his first wife, Rose Thurber, in 1954 and settled in Aurora, IL; where they had a son and daughter. Rose passed after a battle with cancer in 1993. Soon after, he met and married Zella Jo and they spent the remaining 22 years of his life together.

He was a certified welder for Garbe Iron Works, Inc and was one of many to aid in the construction of the Hollywood Casino boats in Aurora,Il. After he retired, he then worked for Jewel before relocating to West Virginia and ultimately Tennessee. Randall enjoyed family, farming, riding horses, and loved animals. Randall's favorite pastime was attending the Mt. Juliet Senior Center on Thursdays to listen to live music.

Randall is survived by his wife  "the light of his life," Zella Jo Walker; son, Randall Walker (Sandi); daughter, Roberta Briner (Lee); step-sons, Marvin Scott (DiAnne) and Randy Scott (Debbie); grandchildren, David Briner, Dawn Briner, and Sarah Martinez (CJ); Step-grandchildren, Toby Hall (Dawn), Corey Hall, April Tester (Andrew), and Devin Scott; five great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Rose Reagan (Dick), Carol Becker (Walter), Fern Johns, Sharon Sellers, Deana Price and Becky Johnson (Charles); brother, Philip Walker (Betty); sister-in-law, Nancy Walker; and many nieces and nephews.

Randall was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; Rose Thurber Walker; brothers, Thornton Walker (Francis) and Cloyd Walker; sisters Beulah Story (Troy), Bernadine Thrun (William), Ruth, Elaine, and Ilene Walker (in infancy); brothers-in-law William Johns and Floyd Sellers.

Randall was cremated in Tennessee, and will be buried at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Services will be held at Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia, IL from 1-3:30 pm, June 24, 2017; private graveside services, for immediate family, to follow.

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  • Lora My sincere condolences to the Walker family. May the fond memories of times you shared bring you comfort, while God's promise of a future resurrection, found at John 5:28 & 29, brings you hope during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy to you all.