Bobby Earl Walker
April 18, 1943 – April 5, 2019
Bobby Earl Walker, age 75, of Knoxville TN, passed away on April 5, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. Bobby was born on April 18th 1943 to Earl Lee and Odessa (Yates) Walker in Union Mississippi. He was the oldest of 7 children and lived most all of his adult life in Knoxville Tn. He cared for his 2 brothers with special needs for much of his adult life and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, son, and friend to many. Bobby was a member of Bearden Baptist Church. He retired from Mercedes Benz of Knoxville after working in the Parts department there for over 30 yrs. He was known for being a handyman who was more than willing to help those in need with repairs or advice. He was truly the loving patriarch of his family; always there with help and a smile. Bobby loved cars and was also known for his trading deals over the years. We all laughed when he got a new car and said “I’m keeping this one, I love this car!” only to trade it for something he loved even more a few months later. Bobby married Carolyn sue Smith on March 16th, 1963. They had one daughter, Teresa that Bobby doted on and gave unconditional love. Bobby also loved his son-in-law, Mark Palmer and thought of him as his son. Teresa and Mark have 2 children, Lane and Jake. As much as Bobby loved cars, and he did love them, nothing could compare to his love for his 2 grandsons, Lane and Jake. He devoted himself to them and spent countless days of quality time with both of them. He loved to take them camping in Pigeon Forge and then to Dollywood. He and his wife Carolyn took them on several vacations to Charleston, Savannah and North Carolina. Bobby loved to fellowship with friends and family. He especially enjoyed holidays and was known for making delicious desserts, especially cobblers, which came to be known as “Bobblers.”In July of 2018, Bobby fell down his stairs and suffered a spinal cord injury. The last 9 months of his life were challenging but he faced every challenge with the same grace and dignity that he exhibited all of his life. Bobby is survived by his devoted wife of 56 yrs, Carolyn Sue (Smith) Walker, daughter Teresa Palmer, son-in-law Mark Palmer, grandsons Lane and Jake Palmer, his sisters Patsy (Bob) Banks and Jessie Walker; brothers Kenneth, Henry, and Michael (Tammy) Walker. He was preceded in death by his father Earl Lee Walker, mother Odessa (Yates) Walker, and sister Linda Kivett. Receiving of friends will be Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Berry Highland West, 9913 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37912. Funeral will follow at 4:00 pm. Graveside service will be at 9:00 am Thursday April 11, 2019 at Berry Highland West Cemetery. Condolences may be offered at www.BerryHighlandWest.com.
- Visitation Wednesday, April 10, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, April 10, 2019
- Graveside Service Thursday, April 11, 2019
Bobby Earl Walker
April 10, 2019
Mr. Walker was one of the sweetest patients I have ever helped care for. He was so gentle and grateful. He was a wonderful example by being a man who loved and took care of his family.
April 9, 2019
Oh what a sad time for all your loved ones here, but a great smile was just added to heaven. You will be so greatly missed. I didn’t get to see you very often, but always thought about y’all. I know you always looked forward to coming down to Mississippi for our family reunion. Two years ago y’all stayed with me. I enjoyed that so much. Carolyn, Teresa, Mark, Lane, Jake, Patsy and all the rest of the family I pray that God touch each one of you and give you comfort in this sorrowful time. Love always your cousin in Mississippi. Sheila
April 9, 2019
Uncle Bobby was my favorite uncle. He was the most humble man I've ever met. My heart goes out to his wife Carolyn Walker and daughter Teresa Palmer and the grandchildren...Lane and Jake. I miss him...didnt make time to go over and visit before he passed. I try to remember all the good memories I have when we grew up. Those were so much fun and when all use to get together for holidays. He was special and so very kind. I know he loved us all because that was just my uncle Bobby. He has a heart if gold. I pray that God comforts his wife and daughter and the whole family because we are all grieving. RIP precious one. You are home.
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