The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


September 25, 2012

Wayland Walker

GREENVILLE — C. Wayland Walker, 91, passed away Sept. 24, 2012. Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. today at Highland Terrace Baptist Church under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Larry Jordan will officiate. Interment follows at Memoryland Memorial Park.

He was born Feb. 1, 1921, to Edward T. and Belva Moser Walker in Tidwell, Hunt County. He graduated from Greenville High School in 1940. He served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater of World War II. After the war, he completed his education, earning a B.S. in animal husbandry from Sam Houston State University. He married Joyce Ford on April 16, 1948, in Bogata, Texas. He taught vocational agriculture in Wolfe City and Sadler and moved back to Greenville to work at Temco in 1954. He started Walker Insurance Agency in 1956, and in 1959 he added real estate sales. From the 1960s up until last week when he closed on his final deal, Wayland did land sales and development in and around Hunt County.

Wayland loved spending time with his family, friends, and church. He loved hunting, gardening, and doing anything outdoors. He was loved by his family and everyone who knew him. He never met a stranger. Everywhere he went he knew someone; and if he didn’t when he got there, he knew everyone by the time he left. From his stories and laughter to his big smile and even bigger heart, Wayland will be deeply missed by all.

Wayland was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Joyce; his parents; brothers Sam, Clark, and Wayne; and sister Agnes Smithers.

He is survived by his sisters, Elaine Robinson of Greenville and Joyce Burket and husband Paul of Greeley, Colo.; sister-in-law Ann Ford of Paris, Texas; daughter Janie Barnhardt and husband Charles of Greenville; son John Walker and wife Toni of Greenville; three granddaughters, Jennifer Newton and husband Adam of Houston, Shannon Orosco and husband Henry of Austin and Stacey Oliver and husband Chase of Greenville; nieces DeAnna Davidson and husband Scott of Norman, Okla., and Jamie King, husband Jason, and daughter Chloe of Norman, Okla.; nephew James Brown of Dell City, Okla.; nieces Carmen Walker, Sue Heath, Madelyn Dalton and Donna Kay King; nephews Phil Burket, Charles Burket, and James Walker; and a host of friends.

 The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at Legends for taking such good care of him for the past year.

Memorials may be sent to Highland Terrace Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be made at and

Text Only
  • Larry Daniel

    Larry Duwane Daniel, 64, of Quinlan passed away April 16, 2014, in Dallas. 

    April 18, 2014

  • Lucille Stephenson

    April 17, 2014

  • Christine Jones

    April 17, 2014

  • Edwin Barlow

    Edwin Doss “Tar” Barlow died April 16, 2014, in Greenville.

    April 16, 2014

  • MaryBeth Montero

    MaryBeth Montero, 55, of Greenville died April 11, 2014, in Greenville. 

    April 15, 2014

  • Paul Dishner

    Paul Franklin Dishner, 83, of Royse City passed away April 12, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. 

    April 15, 2014

  • James Ryan

    James O. Ryan, 85, passed away April 11, 2014, at his home in Quinlan.

    April 15, 2014

  • Opal Swindell

    Opal Faye Swindell, 94, of Greenville died Friday, April 11, 2014, at Briarcliff Health Center.

    April 15, 2014

  • Juan Gonzalez

    Funeral services for Juan Gutierrez Gonzalez, 50-year-old Randolph resident, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home chapel at Leonard.

    April 12, 2014

  • Barbara Wrenn

    Barbara Edwana Wrenn, 82, of Brashear, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at her home.

    April 12, 2014

Featured Ads

What's your favorite spring high school sport?

Swimming and diving
Track and Field
     View Results
Must Read

See more photos and purchase prints here.

AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide