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Forest Bedford Walker

September 29, 1925 ~ March 22, 2022 (age 96)


Forest Bedford "Pete" Walker passed from this life in Talihina, Oklahoma on March 22, 2022 at the age of 96. He was born at home in Clayton, Oklahoma on September 29, 1925 to William Walter Walker and Innie (Barber) Walker.

Pete grew up in Nashoba, leaving home around age 13 to ride railroad boxcars to California. He served in the Navy during World War II from 1944-1946 as a Seaman stationed at Pearl Harbor. Pete's brother, James Walker, also served during World War II.

After his military service, Pete came back to Oklahoma and fell in love with Melba Jo Hair. They married in 1946 in Paris, Texas. After marriage, Pete and Melba returned to California where Pete attended Barber College. They eventually came back home to Oklahoma, where he retired as a Clayton, Oklahoma Firefighter and served the Clayton and Pushmataha County areas as a barber for many years. Pete was a member of the Church of Christ. All who knew Pete will remember his love of fishing and hunting along with the enjoyment of telling his wild stories. May he rest in peace knowing his loved ones will have fish fries and tell stories in his memory.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife: Melba Jo Walker; daughter: Dr. Gail Walker; and siblings: Opel Stepps, Joyce Stepps, Dorothy Robbins, James Walker, and Claudine "Babe" Whisenhunt.

Pete leaves behind to honor his memory: his children: Judy Walker and husband William Castleman, and Barbara Walker and husband Stan Chapman; siblings: Murrial Walker and Patsy Butler; grandchildren: Billy Shane Erwin and spouse Nicole, and Bradley Erwin and spouse Katherine; great-grandchildren: Brooklyn Argo, Colton Erwin, Isaiah Funderburk, Nathan Erwin, Emaree Martin Erwin, and Joel Erwin; and one great-great-granddaughter: Berkeley Erwin.

Services for Forest will take place at 2PM on Friday, March 25, 2022 at the Clayton Church of Christ. Interment to follow at the Walker Family Cemetery in Stanley, Oklahoma.

Services have been entrusted with Serenity Funeral Service of Antlers, Oklahoma.


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March 25, 2022

2:00 PM
Church of Christ

Clayton, OK 74536

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