Don Long Walser

May 24, 1927September 1, 2021

Don L. Walser, 94, of Thomasville passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. He was born May 24, 1927 in Lexington, the son of Emery and Mary Walser. He graduated from Pilot High School and joined the Navy at 16, serving as a Radioman 1C on the USS FOGG-DE-57. On October 16, 1948 he married Cora Sides Walser. They moved to Union, SC where he managed Carolina Tire Co. He was a 32ndDegree Mason and member and Past Master of the of the Masonic Lodge in Union, SC. He also was a Shriner. Moving to Thomasville in 1960, he managed Tire Recappers for many years and retired from Triad Tire in 1988. Daddy was a charter member and past president of the Thomasville Civitan Club, past president of the Thomasville Merchant’s Association and a member of the Voices of Brotherhood Men’s Choir. He was a proud recipient of the Piedmont Triad Flight of Honor on October 30, 2010. He donated 23.2 gallons of blood in his lifetime. Daddy loved hunting, golf and flying. He especially loved the Southeastern Old Threshers Reunion and as a pilot loved taking skydivers up for their jump. Daddy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Cora; brother, Nesbert Walser; sisters, Hazel Clark and Rachel Miller. He is survived by his daughters, Debbie Clinard, Kim Walser; grandson, Scott Clinard; great granddaughter, Melissa Clinard; his brother, Rex Walser and many nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday September 8th at Holly Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the Sechrest-Davis Funeral Home, 18 Randolph St. Thomasville on Tuesday September 7th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Pallbearers are from all walks of Daddy’s life. His grandson, friends, former employees, his hunting buddy and his skydiver. Thanks to each of you for your love and respect now and through out his life. A special thank you to Michele Knorr NP, nurses, CNA’S, and staff past and present who cared so much for our daddy through out the years. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Daddy’s memory to the American Red Cross or to the charity of the donor’s choice.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 7, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021


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Don Osborne

September 6, 2021

There are so many memories of Don's work in Civitan and I'm not surprised at all the other activities he was involved in. I always enjoyed working with him whenever I could and we spent many good times singing with the Voices of Brotherhood.

Don Osborne

Brenda Kennedy

September 2, 2021

Don was my heart and best friend forever. He always told me he love me but not much.We would laugh and cry together. He always had something to show me from his past.He was a gentle soul. Rest in peace my dear friend. Kim love you with all my heart. You are a treasure to me.A caring person with a heart of gold.Going to miss you being there at the nursing home so much over the years.I still have a dollar bill he got made of a shirt in my China Cabinet and other co workers still have theirs .Will treasure it always. RIP

Love Brenda Kennedy CNA/Restorative