FORT MEADE - Mr. Edward "Ed" Walker, 82, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015 in Bartow, FL. Ed was born January 27, 1933 and was a native and lifelong resident of Fort Meade, FL. He was the owner/operator of The Strawberry Patch in Fort Meade for over 25 years, and a successful entrepreneur, as he formed other various businesses during his lifetime. Ed was a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Meade; a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict; member and past commander of Fort Meade American Legion, Post #23, where he served for over 60 years; member of Fort Meade Masonic Lodge #160 F&AM; former member of Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce; past president of the Fort Meade Booster Club and a graduate of Fort Meade High School, Class of 1951.
Ed was preceded in death on April 30, 2015 by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, JoAnn W. Walker. He is also preceded in death by his infant daughter, Kathy Diane Walker; parents, Samuel and Delma Walker; sisters, Veda Gerlach, Ethel Roberts and Dorothy Lunsford Griffith.
Ed is survived by his daughter, Beverly Graves and husband Charlie, Fort Meade, FL; grand-daughter, Megan Graves; brothers-in-law, Othin Woods and wife Susan, Brookesville, FL, Horace Woods and wife Rachel, St. Petersburg, FL, Marion Woods and wife Helen, Fort Meade, FL, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at First Baptist Church, 307 E. Broadway, Fort Meade, FL, with funeral services following at 11:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Meade, FL.
Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, FL 863-285-8171