HAMPSHIRE COUNTY, W.Va. — David Marshall Walker, 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at his home on Largent Heights Lane in Hampshire County, W.Va.
Born Joe David Walker in Burbank, Calif., he is the son of Joe Sam Walker and Margie Marie Clapp Walker.
After graduating from high school in Mayfield, Ky., in 1959 he joined the United States Marine Corps and served honorably from July 1960 into the Vietnam Era, August 1964. He attended Murray State College, Kentucky, American University, Washington, DC; and graduated from Maryland University, Maryland followed by graduate study.
For over 20 years he was a teacher employed by Anne Arundel County Board of Education. His specialty was English, Literature and Shakespeare.
He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Great Cacapon. He was a member the Friends of the Cacapon River, Potomac Valley Audubon, among several other environmental organizations, Paralyzed Veterans Association, as well as the National Rifle Association. His interests included reading, writing, and studying the Bible. His favorite book during his fight against ALS was Ed Dobson’s “Prayers and Promises.”
He was devoted to his five dogs including a 3 lb. therapy dog, wild birds by the dozens at feeders outside and a suite of canaries inside.
He is survived by his mother, Margie Marie Watkins, of Mayfield, Ky. and his wife Abby Chapple Walker, both living at home in West Virginia. In addition, he is survived by three children of a previous marriage, two daughters, Fredrica Marie Becnel and Belinda Anne Cannon, both of Severna Park, and a son, Ryan David Walker, of Washington, DC.. He has five grandchildren.
Private services will be conducted by Pastor Larry Tomlinson outside Annapolis. A date has not been set.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Virginia Paralyzed Veterans, 336 Campbell’s Creek Drive, Charleston, WV 25306-6806 and the ALAS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855.
Arrangements by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 95 Union St., Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.helsley-johnsonfh.com.