Kenneth ONeal Walker, son of Joe and Rosa Lee Walker and brother to Roy, Jerry, Joe Bob, Hershel, Pauline and Mildred, was born in Parker County March 11, 1929. He attended the public schools in Parker County and graduated from Peaster High School in 1947 with the love of his life, Margaret Morris Walker. He received his associate's degree from Weatherford College and his bachelor's and master's degree from Texas Christian University.
He was married to Mary Margaret Morris Nov. 20, 1948 in Weatherford in the quaint house of Brother Brooks. They first laid eyes on each other in elementary school and grew up on neighboring farms. As their deep love for each other grew, God blessed their union with three children: Dewey, Stanley and Sheryl, two of whom lived on the same street the remainder of his life.
He was drafted to the United States Army, proudly served as a Private first class in the Korean War, and continued serving in the reserves until he was honorably discharged in 1960.
Along with his wife Margaret, he served 32 years teaching the children of Tarrant County with unselfish love and devotion. He taught world history and coached basketball, football, baseball, and track and field. He taught at Santo, Brewer, Crowley and Western Hills High Schools. He also served as principal at Crowley High School.
He loved to fish, hunt and spend time with his family in the great outdoors. After retiring from teaching, he continued to fulfill his passion for ranching by raising cattle. He passed his love for the outdoors onto his children and grandchildren. His son Stanley eventually took over ranching duties, and cared for him and his wife until the day God called him home.
Kenneth never let another man down. He fulfilled every obligation he ever undertook. His word was his bond, and everyone knew it. He was strong in body, in spirit and in commitment. He had a quiet dignity, respecting himself the way he respected others. He was loyal and never stingy. He understood the value of a dollar and the importance of saving, and the generosity he expressed with his money matched his generosity of spirit. Even as he faced his final days, his mind and body worn from numerous trips to the hospital, he never had one moment of self-pity and he never lost his faith.
He will be missed greatly and will forever be cherished in the lives of his wife, Margaret Walker; his children, Dewey, Stanley and Sheryl, daughter-in-law Sulema; and his grandchildren: Sarah, Samantha, Zac, Kirk, Serenity, Zen and Phoenix.
His infinitely generous spirit of unconditional love, compassion and grace will undoubtedly live on and shine on through his children, his grandchildren, his family and friends, and every single individual he touched with his loving grace.
Service: 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel in Weatherford.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Published on January 19, 2017