David M. Walker

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David Marshall Walker, 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at his home on Largent Heights Lane in Hampshire County.

Born Joe David Walker in Burbank, Calif., he was the son of Joe Sam Walker and Margie Marie Clapp Walker, of Mayfield, Ky.

After graduating from high school in Mayfield, Ky., in 1959, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served honorably from July 1960 into the Vietnam Era, August 1964. He attended Murray State College, Kentucky; American University, Washington, D.C.; and graduated from Maryland University, Md., followed by graduate study.

For over 20 years he was a teacher employed by Anne Arundel County Board of Education in Maryland. His specialty was English, literature and Shakespeare.

He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Great Cacapon and a member of the Friends of the Cacapon River, Potomac Valley Audubon, among several other environmental organizations; Paralyzed Veterans Association, as well as the National Rifle Association. His interests included reading, writing and studying the Bible. His favorite book during his fight against ALS was Ed Dobson’s “Prayers and Promises.”

He was devoted to his five dogs including a 3-pound therapy dog, wild birds by the dozens at feeders outside and a suite of canaries inside.

Surviving in addition to his mother, are his wife, Abby Chapple Walker, living at home in West Virginia; three children from a previous marriage that includes two daughters, Fredrica Marie Becnel and Belinda Anne Cannon, both of Severna Park, Md.; and a son, Ryan David Walker of Washington, D.C.; and five grandchildren.

Pastor Larry Tomlinson will conduct a private service near Annapolis, Md., on a date to be set.

Memorial contributions may be made to West Virginia Paralyzed Veterans, 336 Campbell’s Creek Dr., Charleston, WV 25306-6806 or ALAS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855.

Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Berkeley Springs, is in charge of the arrangements.

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