His Life – His Legacy

Roy Lee “Buddy” Walker Jr, born November 27, 1944, to Roy Lee and Rutha B. Walker in Clarendon, Arkansas.  He is the sixth of twelve children. The family moved to Lakeview, Arkansas while he was an infant. He is preceded in death by parents, Roy Lee Walker Sr., and Rutha B. Hays Walker, two sisters, Freddie Mae Walker, and Ora Ann Barnes, two brothers, Ulysses Walker Sr. and Willie C. Walker.  Roy was educated in the Lakeview School System. He began his Christian education, at the Lakeview Church of God in Christ.

When Roy’s father became ill, he was thirteen years old.  After the death of his father, at the age of fourteen years, he became responsible for cultivating the land and caring for the livestock on the family’s farm.  Roy performed these duties while attending school until he entered the military.

Embarking on a storied military career, Roy served with honor and distinction in the US Army, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served in Vietnam, Korea, Germany, and Indochina.  During his tenure he held many titles and received decorations, medals, badges, and citations to include: a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and others. Due to an injury in the line of duty, Roy settled in Cleveland, OH for a few years before resuming his service in various roles. His assignments allowed him to contribute significantly to military operations. Roy continued to serve as a Material Handler at Fort Lewis, amassing a total of 30 years of federal service as a civilian.

Roy was married to Kyong H. of Korea, to their union Michelle Krystal was born.  He married Nimfa Baldomar in September 1993, to their union Raven Nicole was born. Roy Lee Walker Jr. was a devoted husband, wise father, brave military veteran, and dedicated civil servant. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, cooking, eating fine foods and feeding his family members and friends many delicious dishes.  Roy also loved sitting in his recliner watching movies and football.

Roy’s legacy is not only defined by his remarkable military service but also by the love and wisdom he shared with family, friends, and community. He will be remembered for his insight, his commitment to duty, and the enduring love he had for his family. In honoring his memory, let us reflect on the sacrifices made for the sake of freedom and the enduring impact of a life dedicated to service.

He leaves to cherish his life and celebrate his homegoing, his devoted wife, Nimfa Walker two (2) daughters: Michelle (Michael) Belton of Tacoma, Washington and Raven (Daniyel) Moton of Austin, TX., one (1) brother, Samuel J. (Pamela) Walker of Edmond, OK., six (6) sisters Irma M. Walker of Cleveland, OH., Flora Walker of Chicago, Ill, Lillian (William) Gordon of Chesapeake Bay, VA., Carolyn (Morris) Ricardson of Matteson, Ill., Eunice (Roscoe) Smith of Conway, AR., and Jacqueline Scott of Greensboro, N.C.  A special brother/friend, Michael (Anita) Phillips. He also leaves a legacy of love in his (3) granddaughters and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.