Clifton Thomas Walker of Lovettsville, Virginia passed peacefully into eternal life on April 25, 2017 at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester, Virginia surrounded by his family and exceptional caregivers.
Born in Granville County, North Carolina on May 10, 1922, he was the son of Will Lee and Annie Mathews Walker. Cliff graduated from Stovall High School. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1941, three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
During Cliff’s 20 years in the Marine Corps he served our country in Northern Ireland, Guam, Okinawa, Headquarters in Washington, DC, and his favorite position at the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
Cliff was very proud to have been a member of the Marine Corps Pistol Team and competed in matches around the world. He obtained the rank of Distinguished Pistol Shot after winning the Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals in record time.
After retiring from the Marine Corps in 1961, he worked for DECO Electronics, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Lester Carr, in Leesburg. He also worked for his father-in-law, William Painter, at the Painter Lumber Company in Lovettsville. From 1985 to 1998 he was proud to manage the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department Office of Property and Evidence. Never one to completely retire, Cliff filled his time on home projects, creating beautiful woodworking pieces, and volunteering in his community.
Cliff joined the Masonic Lodge while stationed in Beirut, transferred to the Adoniram Lodge in North Carolina and remained a lifetime member. He was proud of the good work they’ve done at the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford. Cliff was also a member and past President of the Lovettsville Lions Club. In addition, he served on both the Lovettsville Planning Commission and the Lovettsville Town Council.
Cliff became a member of the Lovettsville Rescue Squad after attending the first Red Cross First Aid class in 1966. He received the second Rescueman of the Year award in 1971 and the Most Dedicated Member of the Year award in 1980. Cliff served as Treasurer of the Lovettsville Fire & Rescue Company for nearly 40 years and remained an Administrative Member until the end.
Cliff is remembered for his friendliness, compassion, and sense of humor. Some of his favorite quotes were, “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind” and “I was alright, but I got over it.” He said his greatest accomplishments were to provide for his daughters to graduate from James Madison University and to serve his community in the Town Government and the Fire & Rescue Department, where he ran calls for nearly 35 years.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Charlie, Robert and Edward. He is survived by his wife Elaine, daughters Debbie, Linda and Carol, his grandson Brandon and many wonderful nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
A private burial with military honors was held on May 10, 2017 at 12 noon on what would have been his 95th birthday.
A memorial service, officiated by Rev. Roland England and Rev. Andreas Armstrong, will be held on May 21, 2017 at St. James United Church of Christ at 2pmfollowed by a reception at the Lovettsville Volunteer Fire & Rescue building.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester or the Lovettsville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company.
Please share condolences with the family at www.LoudounFuneralChapel.com.