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Roy Joe Walker

Roy Joe Walker, age 89, of Dunlap, went “Home” to be with the Lord and Sarah Jo on Wednesday morning, September 30, 2015. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Lee Walker and Hattie Hale Walker; his “parents” who raised him in Pikeville, Thomas Harmon Hale and Crocia Swafford Hale; and his sweetheart and wife of almost 62 years, Sarah Jo Standefer Walker. 

Roy Joe was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving in the South Pacific during WWII, and was a member of the American Legion Harvey-Merriman post #190. He was a 57 year member of Dunlap Lodge # 693 F&AM, a 32nd Degree K.C.C.H. Scottish Rite Mason in the Chattanooga Consistory, and a member of Alhambra Shrine. 

He was a member and Deacon Emeritus of Dunlap First Baptist Church. He was a member and past president

of the former Sequatchie Valley Scottish Rite Club and served for many years as chairman of the club’s “Shoe Fund” and the Patriotism Essay program for Sequatchie County High School students. Roy Joe was also a retired funeral director.

He is survived by his and Sarah Jo’s only child, Mike (Vicki Sowder) Walker of LaVergne;  grandchildren,  Elizabeth and Christopher Walker of Dunlap, and Michaela Walker of LaVergne; Summer Hartman and Skye Cunningham of Dunlap, Sunni and Austin Jackson of LaVergne, and Dexter Robertson of Chattanooga; three great-grandchildren; special friends, Hollis and Patsy Pope, Jiggs and Louise Roberson, and their children;

several nieces and nephews from the Walker and Hale families.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 4 at Dunlap First Baptist Church with  Dr. Fred Steelman officiating. Burial was in Rankin Cemetery with full military honors, and a Masonic graveside service.

The family would like to thank Dr. Karen Shepherd, and the staff at NHC-Dunlap for their love and kindness shown throughout his stay.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dunlap First Baptist Church Building Fund, the Council of Churches Food Pantry of Dunlap, or to any Shriners’ or Scottish Rite Hospitals.

Online condolences can be made at

Standefer-Reed Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.

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