The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 28, 2014

Hollis "Corky" Walker

LAMAR, Mo. — Hollis "Corky" Walker, 86, passed away, Feb. 26, 2014, at Truman Healthcare, surrounded by his family.

He was born March 4, 1927, in Barton County, to Hollis and Dorothy (Ledford) Walker.

He married Margaret Bohlman on Dec. 29, 1945, in Billings, Mon. Shortly after their marriage, Corky joined the U.S. Army. They made their home in Wyoming and Montana before returning to Corky's hometown of Liberal, Mo., in 1951. Where they raised their family of five children, all of whom attended Liberal School District, and reside within a 50 mile radius of Lamar, Mo.

Prior to retirement, Hollis was self-employed as a mechanic and auto body repairman, as well as being the owner-operator of a tractor-trailer unit, hauling a variety of products ranging from grains to large equipment. He also worked as a bus driver and mechanic for the Liberal School District. He was an ordained minister with the Freewill Baptist Church serving churches in southwest Missouri including Eldorado Springs, Carterville, and Oskaloosa.

Hollis was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret and granddaughter, Schelli Abts.

He is survived by four daughters, Dorothy Rose Walker, Liberal, Shirley Kay (Tom) Webb, Carthage, Mo., Corkie Lee (Allen) Abts, Liberal, and Janet N.(Rick) Yount, Liberal; a son, H. Duane Walker, Neosho, Mo.; 10 grandchildren, Joel Miller, Shawn Abts, Eric Yount, Genevieve Welch, Shannon Abts, Nico Lindsteadt, Emily Allyn, Jared Walker, Levi Walker and Cody Walker; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Verdella Freewill Baptist Church, Liberal. Burial will be in Barton City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Konantz-Warden Funeral Home, Lamar.

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