Abram Ray Walker of Lake Toxaway fell asleep Sunday morning, April 26, 2020 and awoke in Heaven with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was born August 17, 1929 in Randolph County, North Carolina to the late Clyde Leroy and Pauline Kelly Walker. His sister, Beulah Hall, also preceded him in death.
He never met a stranger and was quick to strike up a conversation with someone nearby. He loved spending time with his nieces and nephews when they were small, always having some funny story or something to do to make them laugh.
A sports fan, he was a gifted golfer and bowler and big supporter of the Atlanta Braves as well as the Tar Heels and Blue Devils.
He particularly loved horses and raised, trained, and showed them himself. When asked about how he trained them, he replied, “I talked. They listened. They talked. I listened. Horses are smart. They are good teachers. I loved them all. They were all my favorites.”
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during the Korean Conflict as well as later in Germany and Puerto Rico and honorably discharged as Sgt. 1st Class.
Following his military service, he was employed by Delta Air Lines for 26 years as their representative in the Augusta, GA area, Bush Field Airport, as well as their office at nearby Fort Gordon.
While employed by Delta, he and his wife, Bettie, resided on a farm in the nearby town of Hephzibah, where he served as the Mayor and Justice of the Peace. He quickly saw a way to put his love for horses to better use than his own pleasure. Horse shows, endurance rides, and other events were organized over the years to help raise money for the town. Money from these events helped to buy the town a fire truck and build a town hall. A yearly ‘Happiness is Hephibah,’ festival day was started to have fun and keep the community connected.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Bettie, and sister, Mary Frances Campbell. Nephews: Brian Campbell, Kevin Campbell, Brad Hall, Stephen Russell, all of Greensboro, NC. Nieces: Cynthia Campbell of Randleman, NC; Gwyn Cassavens of Yadkinville, NC. Sister-in-law: Jean Smitham of Iron River, Michigan.
He was a wonderful husband and a warm and caring person who loved the Lord and will be greatly missed by those who loved and knew him. May the Lord’s blessings go out to our neighbors and friends for their kindness and support during this difficult time.
Due to the restrictions due to the COVID-19, services will be private.
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