Kenneth Eugene Walker, 61, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on October 19, 2022, in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on May 30, 1961, in Huntsville, Texas, to Billy Gene and Gay Nell (Inman) Walker. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Saturday, October 29, 2022, at First Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas, officiated by Bro. Kevin Windham. A private graveside will follow.
Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at First Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas.
Kenny Walker passed away on October 19, 2022 in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Kenny was born in Huntsville, Texas on May 30, 1961 to Rev. Billy Gene and Gay Nell Walker. He attended primary school in Highlands, Texas before moving to Hemphill, Texas, where he graduated in 1979. Kenny then moved to Timpson where he met Shawna Beckham, his loving wife of over 40 years.
Family was always important to Kenny. He and Shawna were blessed with three wonderful children, who in turn grew the family with nine grandkids and two great-grandkids. Kenny and Shawna also have twenty nieces and nephews and twenty great- nieces and nephews, which always made family gatherings an interesting event.
Kenny’s love for the Lord started at the age of seven. Fast forward ten years, he began teaching youth Sunday School classes, which would spark 44 years of youth ministry that took on many forms. He loved to work with the youth in our community. Kenny served as the Scout Leader for Boy Scout Troop 113, coached little league baseball, little dribblers, and flag football. If it involved a kid, he was there to help.
In an effort to make a difference in our community, Kenny joined the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department, of which he was a member for many years and was also elected to serve as a City Council Member. He enjoyed these roles because of the pride he felt for his community and the people of Timpson.
Kenny loved to work on motorcycles, 4 wheelers and small engines. He spent numerous hours in his shop tinkering and fixing “you name it” for himself and countless others. He always said, “Why throw out the old to buy something new, when I can fix it! It runs, it just needs a little bit of love!” He always had kids coming by to get him to fix their go-carts, dirt bikes, 4-wheelers. Whatever they brought by he would “fix it”. It gave him such joy to teach kids how to fix things on their own without his help. He could talk to you over the phone and would usually be able to walk you through any problem, if not he would tell you to just “drop it by the house!”
Kenny got his first motorcycle when he was 14 years old, and was hooked. He found a way to combine his love for riding and helping kids by joining a motorcycle group that protects those that have been abused. He is a former member of the Lufkin Chapter and a current supporter of the Pineywoods Chapter of BACA (Biker’s Against Child Abuse), and has been riding with them for 4 years. He was very proud to help these kids and spend time with them at BACA events, showing compassion, strength, and love, which in most cases just meant a listening ear and a hug for them to feel safe.
Most will know, he had a passion for all kinds of music, but especially from the 60’s and 70’s era, as well as old gospel hymns. That same love, which was instilled in his kids as well as his “bonus kids”, brought much laughter, love, and encouragement to all. His voice was soft and smooth and was loved by anyone that heard it, and his dance moves weren’t bad either!
Kenny led Sunday morning music for many years, most recently at Good Hope Church, and sang with the praise band “Souled Out”. He would love to sing any time there was a request. Surprisingly enough, you never knew what song would play or be sung at any moment throughout his life.
Kenny is survived by his devoted wife, Shawna, daughter; Ashley & Nathan Webb, son; Christopher & Rachel Walker, son; Nicholas & Jessica Walker, and grandchildren; Izabell, Devon, & Ally Webb, Kooper, Kestin Bo, & Kadence Jo “Bitty” Walker, Maximus, Maverick, & Major Walker, great grandson; Elliot Mitchell, His parents Rev. Billy Gene & Gay Nell Walker, brothers; Charles and David, sister-in-law; Cindy Walker. Kenny’s ‘in~love” family includes Butch & LaNell Beckham, Cody & Ashley Beckham and Toska Beckham.
Kenny is preceded in death by his brothers, Tommy Walker and Jerry Dane Samford, and his great granddaughter, Eliyah Mitchell.
In lieu of flowers, it would be Kenny's wish for you to donate to a local youth group.
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