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Woody Funeral Home-Parham

1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA

OBITUARY

Walter Kent Amacker III

June 5, 1942July 15, 2019

Walter Kent Amacker, III, 77, beloved father and grandfather, passed away on July 15, 2019 at Morningside in the West End. He is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Amacker Mendell (David); son, Austen Kent Amacker (Laurie); and grandchildren, Lila Blythe Mendell and Elan Kai Amacker. Walt was born on June 5, 1942 in Shreveport, LA and majored in music at Baylor University in Waco, TX. He served in Vietnam as a captain in the army where he earned the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Purple Heart. Early in his career Walt was the music critic for the Richmond News Leader. A professional musician, he sang in many church choirs in Richmond, including St. Paul’s Episcopal, River Road Church Baptist and St. Stephen's Episcopal. Walt worked in marketing and communications for Reynold’s Metals Company for over 20 years. He then worked for Keep America Beautiful, Inc. in Stamford, CT as Vice President, Director of Communications for 5 years. His career came full circle when he returned to the Richmond Times Dispatch as a sports writer and later as music critic. A celebration of Walt’s life will be held from noon-3pm on September 7th at The Boathouse in Sunday Park, 4602 Millridge Pkwy, Midlothian, VA 23112 . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Gratitude.

Services

  • A Celebration of life Saturday, September 7, 2019

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Maggie Carr

September 8, 2019

I worked with Walt at Reynolds Metals company. We became friends during that time when he became single. I found out what a sharp wit and
caring nature he had. I never heard of his military background during that time, so had no idea he was such a brave man to add to all his other qualities. He would talk about his kids with such love and pride. Reading his obit, I see how special he was after leaving Reynolds. We lost touch after that time. Due to an injury, I could not make the Celebration yesterday. I am very sorry for the loss your family is experiencing. You can only be given solace by knowing he is singing with the Angels and watching you from his lofty perch from above.

Scott Holcombe

September 7, 2019

I'm so sorry I couldn't make it to share the day with you all. I'll be thinking about you and you will be in my heart. Love you all.
Scott

Jim Koeniger

August 28, 2019

Tiffany and Kirsten were best friends in school and sang in a trio at local events. Austin and Ryan were pals, too. Walt was always there for his kids and I remember him as a real nice guy with a great sense of humor. While we lost touch years ago, I still vividly recall his bright smile, rye wit, and keen intelligence. I never knew anything about his military experience, he wasn't one to talk about himself that way, but he must have been one tough soldier. I know from personal experience he was a high-quality man and doting dad in civilian life...a first-class gentleman.

Jim Koeniger, Nokomis, Florida

Lewis Pittman

July 26, 2019

Walt was one our young people, when Charlotte and I and worked with youth at Broadmoor Bapt. Church in Shreveport when he was in high school and college. He & youth were always at our house. He was in my High School Senior Dept, participated in our Youth Camps, was a great singer, in a great group of youth who were mischievous and enjoyed life. Was drafted in Army became an officer and awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in Viet Nam. God's blessing to Tiffany and Austin.

Leah Bowen Forst

July 24, 2019

I worked with your father for a brief time at Reynolds Metals Company in the late 1990s. I have fond memories of his kind, gentle nature. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Timothy Barr

July 23, 2019

I loved my Uncle Walt, he is the reason I'm a CHIEFS fan and was a better father and father figure to me than my own blood dad would have ever been RIP my Uncle. He had my mom's sense of humor, he made an impact on this Earth. We were not so close later in life but none of that takes anything away from what he did leave with me, the impressions, the jokes and the insight that really did help me along in my way in life though I didn't realize it then. He is responsible for me being a Rolling Stones and Cheap Trick fan. He gave me some cassettes for my 11th birthday that really kick started my interest in music. I do wish we could have visited more since mom passed. I could speak for an hour on all the things I got from him, just as his nephew, his children are amazing people too. My uncle Walt was a truly great man. Bless his soul and everyone who knew him especially my cousins Austen and Tiffany.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY