72 year old Cordell Walker of Smithville died Wednesday morning at University Medical Center in Lebanon. He was owner and operator of Walker's Body Shop, Auto Equipment Sales & Rental Service in Smithville. He served two terms as Smithville Alderman and ran twice for Mayor. He was also a member of the Taylor's Providence Baptist Church in Sparta. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Phillip Luna will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. Walker was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Maggie Green Walker; two sisters, Melba Walker and Fay Griffin; two brothers, J.B. Walker and Charles (Chuck) Walker; a sister-in-law, Bettye Walker; and brothers-in-law, Landon Arnold and Al Cook. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ruth Walker of Smithville. Two daughters, Tina Taylor of Smithville and Kimberly Jones of Sparta. Grandchildren, Skyelar Patrick and Keira Taylor of Smithville, Derrick and Dustin Jones of Sparta. Two sisters, Lera Arnold of McMinnville and Shirley Cook of Smithville. Four brothers, Douglas and wife Lois Walker of Smithville, Jerry and wife Patti Walker of Smithville, Dwight and wife Julia Walker of Cassville, Ronnie Walker and Brenda Johnson of Smithville. Sister-in-law, Pat Walker of Sunnyside, Washington. Brother-in-law, George Griffin of Smithville and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Best friends, Jimmy Johnson, Phillip Luna, and Polly Wilkins and their families. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Jun 6 2013