Walter Clyde Walker‚ Jr.
Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department – Mississippi
Date of Death: January 26‚ 2008
Chief Walter Clyde Walker died January 26‚ 2008‚ in a motor vehicle accident while responding to an emergency call.
A volunteer firefighter for more than 35 years‚ Clyde Walker had served as chief of the department since the 1970s. He focused on training and upgrading the department in order to provide the best service possible to the community. He led quietly‚ by example‚ and was known as someone who always responded when there was an emergency in the community. Walker’s two sons are also Collinsville firefighters.
Though modest about his accomplishments‚ Chief Walker was instrumental in the new location and construction of the Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department‚ which was completed in 2007. Always willing to do whatever it took‚ he worked diligently for three years to get a new brush truck for the department.
Clyde Walker retired from the Mississippi Department of Human Services after more than 30 years of service. He was a charter member of the Collinsville Lions Club and a member of the Collinsville Community Club. A lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Collinsville‚ he served as Sunday school director‚ teacher‚ and deacon for many years.
Clyde Walker was a wonderful son‚ husband‚ father‚ grandfather‚ brother-in-law‚ uncle‚ and cousin. He is survived by his wife of 49 years‚ Ellen Walker; his children Randy Walker (Joann)‚ Ricky Walker (Chris)‚ and Renee Vance (Max); grandchildren Davey‚ Luke‚ Emily‚ Randel‚ Mallory‚ and Jacob; and great-grandchildren‚ Conner and Caroline.
His joy was serving as fire chief.