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Charles Ralph Walker, 81, of Big Spring, Texas, passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in a Lubbock hospital after a sudden illness.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Cotton officiating; private interment will be held at Trinity Memorial Park. Visitation will be at Myers and Smith Funeral Home Tuesday from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
He was born June 13, 1931, in Howard County to Mack Willis and Edna Graham Walker. He graduated from Flower Grove High School in Martin County in 1948.
After working several years in the oilfield, he was hired at the Big Spring Cosden Refinery in 1955. He made many friends over the next 36 Â˝ years there, retiring from Fina in 1991.
He married Marian Murphy in Big Spring on Nov. 4, 1955. They had one daughter, Tina, and a granddaughter, Kristen. The couple loved to travel across the country and also visited Europe and the Holy Land. Since his retirement, they have spent several months each year exploring in their RV.
Ralph was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He lived his faith in Christ daily and especially loved his church, Trinity Baptist. Even on vacation, they always sought out a church home away from home. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and champion domino player. Ralph loved children and they all loved him.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Floyd and Grady Walker; and his sister, Wilma Holley Cashion.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marian; daughter, Tina and husband Larry Doyle of San Angelo; granddaughter, Kristen Miller; grandson, Larry Doyle Jr.; three brothers-in-law, Jimmy Murphy and Dickie Murphy and wife Barbara, all of Big Spring and Jerry Murphy and wife Tavie of Seguin; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also considered Carla Harrold and Angela Kennedy to be his â€śhonoraryâ€ť daughters.
Pallbearers are Kevin Murphy, Lance Murphy, John Kennedy, Larry Doyle Jr., Ray Walker and Royce Walker. Honorary Pallbearers will be Glen Holley, Charles Porch, Phil Elloitt, Martin Fryar and Horace Rankin.
The family suggests memorials to the Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1448, Big Spring, TX 79721-1448; Gideons International, Big Spring Camp No. U42060, P.O. Box 133, Big Spring, TX 79721-0133; or to the charity of the giverâ€™s choice.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com