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Obituary of German Walker
German Walker was the
eighth and last child
of Willis Walker and Charity Berry of Simpson County, Mississippi
and the father of Fannie Charity Walker.
This obituary was printed in the Rice [Texas] Rustler on November 3, 1916.
Obvious typesetter's mistakes and misspellings have been corrected.
JUDGE GERMAN WALKER
SUCCUMBS TO OLD AGE
Judge German Walker, the oldest citizen of the Rice country, died Thursday afternoon [26 Oct 1916] at 3 o'clock, after lingering at death's door for several days. Several months ago Mr. Walker fell while attempting to rise from his chair, and since then had gradually grown weaker. Until this accident he was in good health and was remarkably strong for a man of his age.
German Walker was born Oct. 29, 1832, in Simpson county, Mississippi, and was married in 1852 in the same county. In January, 1882, he moved to Chatfield and resided there until about 16 years ago, when he moved to this place, where he has resided continuously since except for several extended visits to Mississippi and Alabama after the death of his wife 7 years ago.
Judge Walker served the cause of the Confederacy during the entire time of the Civil War as captain Company H Sixth Mississippi regiment. He rendered valuable service to the cause and took part in many important battles, the most notable of which was the battle of Shiloh. He had many narrow escapes from death and in this battle was shot through the cap.
After the war, during the reconstruction days, he played a prominent part in restoring the country to law and order. He served three yeas in the Mississippi Legislature during this period, and here as in private life and on the battlefield, gave to his country his best service. He also served Simpson county, Mississippi, two years as tax collector and assessor and nine years as sheriff. It is said that during this entire term as a peace officer he never drew a gun in the discharge of his duties. After moving to Texas he served this precinct for 16 years as justice of the peace, and the office has never been more efficiently filled. Judge Walker belonged to that fast vanishing type of old Southern gentlemen. For sixty two years he was a member of the Masonic order, and until ill health prevented it was a regular attendant to all its meetings.
Judge Walker was the father of eleven children, six of whom survive. They are as follows: H. S. [Hiram Street] Walker of Mobile, Alabama; Mrs. A. C. [Ada Amanda] McLaurin of Silver Creek, Mississippi; Mrs. T. R. [Mary Ellen] Harwell of Hamlin, Texas; Mrs. D. M. [Fannie Charity] Loop, Miss Sallie Walker and E. B. [Ethelbert Barksdale] Walker of this place. Besides his children there are 32 grand children and ten great grand children.
Judge Walker has a large number of friends who mourn his death. He was a gentleman in every respect, had the respect and admiration of all who knew him and led a clean moral life. Besides losing its oldest citizen, Rice has lost a man whose life's work seemed to be to bring cheerfulness to all, and whose long and useful life was due to temperance in all his habits.
Funeral services were held at the home of D. M. Loop Friday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Revs. R. W. Nation and M. A. Roberts. Interment took place at Rice cemetery with Masonic honors.
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