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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Hospice honors veteran Walker

  • Health Department Hospice in Phillips County's professional mission is to serve those who served to protect our country. It is an honor and privilege to partner with the Veterans program to provide the best
    end-of-life care for our veterans.
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  • Health Department Hospice in Phillips County's professional mission is to serve those who served to protect our country. It is an honor and privilege to partner with the Veterans program to provide the best end-of-life care for our veterans. The agency gave posthumous honor and recognition to James F. Walker, a seaman in the U. S. Navy. Seaman Walker enlisted in May 1948 and was stationed in Japan on the USS Astoria CL90. He also spent his military time on the USS Whiting AV13 and USS Curtiss AV4. After serving in the Navy, Mr. Walker worked with a transit freight company in Tennessee, Cunningham Butane in Helena, Conoco Truck Stop and drove gravel trucks for Phillips County. In 1956, he married Mary and they were blessed with two beautiful children. Mary shared that she was visiting her aunt who happened to live next door to the Walkers. She went over to borrow a cup of sugar that led to 57 years of marriage to her belated husband, James. She stated, “The sugar never melted.” The Arkansas Department of Health Hospice presented Mrs. Mary Walker, wife and caregiver of the late Mr. James F. Walker with a certificate in recognition of his military service to the United States on July 31, 2013.
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