Egbert Bailey Walker
WATER VALLEY – Egbert Bailey Walker of Water Valley went to his eternal home on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was 82.
One of two sons, he was born October 23, 1939 to the late Lawrence and Ruth (Collins) Walker. Bailey grew up knowing the value of hard work. He helped out on the family farm and later when they moved to Memphis, he got a job on a paper route just to have lunch money for school. At the age of 17, Bailey went to work on the Mississippi River as a deck hand on a tow boat. It is during this time he met and married Linda Smithey, and they started their family.
In 1961 he began a career in the Memphis Fire Department, a job he would retire from as a Lieutenant in 1986. Bailey worked for Yalobusha County for many years in different capacities including road hand and fire coordinator, and he was also was elected county supervisor. He enjoyed gardening but nothing meant more to him than spending time with his grandchildren.
Visitation was held Sunday, May 1 in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Services followed at 3 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Burial was in Walker Cemetery.
Bailey is survived by his wife of 63 years, Linda Walker; one son, Steve Walker (Lynne) of Counce, Tenn.; one daughter, Debbie Rogers (Dalton) of Water Valley; one brother, Richard Walker (Malinda) of Water Valley; one sister, Barbara Hall of Nesbit; two grandchildren, Whitney Allred (Eric) and Brent Rogers (Lauren); and three great-grandchildren, Marshall Allred, Kizer Yount, Mia Ruth Allred.
Bailey was preceded in death by both of his parents.