BONNE TERRE — James Granville Walker, 85, of Bonne Terre passed away July 4, 2013, at his residence. He was born September 30, 1927, in Cedar Grove, Ill., to the late Elmer Walker and Grace (Billingsley) Walker Brennecke.
Also preceding in death is his wife, Shirley Walker.
James was a member of the East Bonne Terre First Baptist Church where he served as Deacon for 18 years. James was a retiree with the St. Joe Lead Company, he worked as their Medical Director for numerous years. During his service to his country, James served with the Merchant Marines. He is lifetime member with the VFW POST 6883. James was a very dedicated volunteer firefighter for 40 years, serving with stations in California, Cairo, Ill., and Herculaneum. With his extensive E.M.T. skills, he trained some of the first E.M.T.’s with the Joachim Plattin Ambulance District. His dedication to community service and volunteerism led James to receive several awards from the State of Missouri. He loved to BINGO and spend time with friends and family.
James is survived by son, James W.W. Walker of Potosi; two daughters, Elois (Bobby J.) Hartsell of Festus, Patricia (Robert S.) Dolan of Bonne Terre; special friend, Mona M. Miller; ten grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Billy J. (Charlotte) Brennecke, Herman L. (Carolyn) Brennecke; sister, Cherylene Brennecke; several half brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be Friday July 5, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home in Bonne Terre. An Ozark Firefighters Service will be that evening at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the C.Z. Boyer & Son Chapel with Rev. Randy Black officiating. Interment will follow at the Bonne Terre Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the American Cancer Society.