Buddy Royce Walker went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
Buddy was born to Leslie and Mary Walker on March 13, 1944, in Loraine, Texas. On February 14, 1963, Buddy married the love of his life, Carole Landes and they just celebrated their 59th wedding Anniversary this year. They have a daughter, Brandie Cheree' Petet of Bedford, Texas and a son Courtney Royce Walker of San Angelo, Texas.
Buddy grew up in Bronte, Texas where he fell in love with the outdoors. He spent most of his time at "Willow Hole" with his older brother and friends. His granddad, Keeney, played a major role in his raising. He taught Buddy how to work with his hands. As we all know, there was nothing he couldn't fix, build, or create! He was a master of all things. Buddy enjoyed fishing, whittling, and using his "trusty 'ole" handmade slingshot, while exploring every inch of Coke County.
Buddy graduated from Bronte High School where he excelled as an athlete and broke a few records on the track team, all while working at the local newspaper. Shortly after, he married his beloved wife, Carole. They welcomed their first child, Brandie, who was born while Buddy was serving in Vietnam. Two and a half years later, their son Court was born. Family was the most important part of Buddy's life. He and Carole poured all they had into their children. They supported Brandie through her Band and Orchestra years while also supporting Court in his motocross racing.
Buddy was a successful business owner of Walker and Company for over 45 years and provided many services for the community. It has often been said that he may not have been the best "fisherman", but all agree that he was the ultimate "fisher of men". Buddy Walker never met a stranger, he always made others feel loved and special with a kind word and hug. His contagious smile lit up a room and radiated his love and joy. He loved his Father in Heaven and never missed an opportunity to pray with and encourage others. Buddy was an amazing father to his children and grandchildren. Countless others have claimed him as the father figure in their lives as well.
Buddy is preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents, parents, older sister and many lifelong friends.
Buddy is survived by his wife Carole Landes Walker, daughter Brandie Petet and husband Ron Petet, son Court Walker and wife Cori Walker; grandchildren Denver Petet; Taygan Walker and significant other Cameron Paradiso; Taylor Walker and fiancé Kirsten Overstreet (who are expecting Buddy and Carole's first great-granddaughter, Jaycee Lane, in July); eldest brother Dwayne Walker and wife Ophelia, Gene Walker and his wife Skippie Walker; many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of loved ones. He leaves behind his legacy of faith, work ethic, and kindness.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Shannon Medical Center who gave him exceptional care in his last weeks and a special thank you to Arnoldo Gutierrez and all of the staff at Gutierrez Funeral Chapels for their grace and guidance they showed us through this most difficult time. Buddy's Celebration will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022, at PaulAnn Baptist Church, 2531 Smith Blvd, San Angelo, Texas 76905. For those unable to attend, there will be a live stream. The link will be provided when it becomes available. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Buddy's memory to the Organ Donor Foundation, Wounded Warriors Foundation, or any charity that is close to your heart.
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