Jim W. Walker

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Jim W. Walker, 70, of Marshall, died Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his wife and children.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2016, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall with Dr. Don Satterwhite and the Rev. Bill Cook officiating.Burial with military rites will be in Sunset Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to family choice and an online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Born Feb. 11, 1946 in Kansas City, he was the son of the late I.N. "Buck" Wharton and Lois Aldean "Peggy" Reed Wharton. On Dec. 31, 1981, he married Barbara Adcock Lawless, who survives of the home. Jim served in the United States Navy, on the USS Boxer, during the Vietnam War. His career was spent in law enforcement, working as a police officer in Sedalia and Harrisonville in the early 1970s, and then as Chief of Police in Houstonia. After moving to Marshall in 1981, from Houstonia, he worked for Marshall Public Schools until his retirement.

In addition to his wife, Barbara, he is survived by five children, Kevin Walker of Sedalia, Michelle Cooper and Terry, of Sedalia, Crystal Walker of Sedalia, Jill Lawless of Blackburn, and Jennifer Lawless of Marshall; a special young man raised in the home, just like a son, Leland Graves of rural Malta Bend; 10 grandchildren, Chelssie Walker, Austin Pratt, Kendell Walker, Cheyenne Lawless, Raigan Cooper, Austin Rehkop, Ashton Walker, Drew Cooper, Jensen Rehkop, and Allie Offineer; one great-grandson, Greyson Wilcox; two sisters, Sandy Bedwell and Kelly of Purdy, and Dianne Chadwick and Larry of Bakersfield, Calif.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Chandler Cooper; one brother, Doug Wharton; and two sisters, Cathy Minnick and Robin Laughlin.