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“I want to take a moment to thank you for your loved ones service to our country. My father was on the USS Enterprise during the same time period and...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Sue Boutwell - Petal, MS

“Our deepest sympathies during your time of loss. We will keep you in our thougths and prayers. ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Bessie and Danny Henson - Spring, TX

“Dear Diane, Margo, Bill, and Kathy, I am sad to hear about your sweet daddy's passing. I read it on the Provine Reunion website this morning. Your...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Patsy Allen Johnson - Brandon, MS

“Goodbye to My Dad by Debra Marie Goodbye dad I had to say A few months ago on a cold winter day I’ll remember the good times and try not...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Connell and Margo Gathers - MS

“Margo, I am so sorry about your dad. I know he has had a long illness but it is still hard to let him go. I love you and Connell... ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Nancy Barrett - Brandon, MS

“We are so sorry for the families loss. May you be able to find some comfort in shared memories and family support. Our love, Leo & Sharon Gathers ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Leo and Sharon Gathers - VA

“Bill Jr., I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I know it is very difficult and as I remember the loss of my father, I pray that God...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Tom Meneley - Lewisville, TX

“I loved you for your kindness you always showed. Take care and the best is yet to come... Belinda ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Belinda Walls - Houston, TX


LV "Bill" Walls was born to Hosea Lee and Annie Walls of Vardaman, MS on September 18, 1917 and was the second of five boys and five girls. He passed away at his Clinton residence, Monday, February 11, 2013. Two years behind his wife of 67 years, Frances Ann Walls.
Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October, 1941. He served aboard the Aircraft Carrier, U.S.S. Yorktown CV-5. As a crewmember of the flag ship of Task Force 17, Bill participated in some of the first American offenses in the Pacific theater of World War II; including the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway where the Yorktown was sunk to the Pacific floor. Bill survived to serve as a naval aviator, stationed in Pensacola, FL by war's end. He then served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for over 17 years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant.
After the war, Bill Walls returned to Mississippi with Frances. He worked at the Woolfolk building in Jackson as director of communications and the first pilot of the State Forest Service. He later worked for the Highway Department before becoming the state General Electric representative. He designed, sold, and implemented two-way radio systems to entities such as the MS Hwy Patrol and MS Forestry Commission.
Bill's standard of excellence was not limited to the business profession. He was a gentle, compassionate, wise, and loving man to his wife, children, and grandchildren. He knew and followed Jesus Christ and His teachings and could be "likened to a man who built his house on rock." Matt. 7:24
Bill served as a deacon at what was Robinson Street Baptist Church, Jackson. He and Frances were members of Parkway Baptist Church in later years.
Surviving family include children, Diane Jones (Ray) and Margo Gathers (Connell) of Raymond, Bill Jr. Walls (Laura) of Houston, TX and Cathy Berry (Rick) of Crystal Springs; grandchildren, Kevin Jones, Anna Walls Downey (Billy), Andrew Walls (Sarah), Austin Walls, Jason Berry (Jessica) and Rachel Scarbrough (Russell); and great-grandchildren Jada and Jordan Berry and Kaydin Downey.
The family would like to express thanks to caregivers from Merry Heart Personal Care and Sitting LLC.: Kimberly Jones, Valerie Young, Angela Parks, Barbara Coleman, Diane Sanders and also Ruby Holmes of Wesson.