OBITUARY

Frank Watkins Walker Jr.

February 14, 1951September 2, 2019
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Frank Watkins Walker Jr., 68, of Gibsonton, Florida passed away peacefully on Monday September 2nd 2019. Frank is survived by his mother Frances (nee Anderson) Walker, beloved wife Hoa (nee Truong) Walker of 45 years, son Hans (Chau) Walker, daughter Kimberly (Daniel) Miller, grandson Hans Walker Jr., granddaughter Adina Miller, and brothers John and David Walker, along with many loving nieces, nephews and extended family and last but not least, Peanut the cockatoo.

Frank was predeceased by his father Frank Walker Sr. and brother Robert Walker.

Frank was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend to everyone, from all walks of life. Frank grew up in Pensacola, Florida and after retirement he settled in the Tampa Bay area. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam War veteran. He has been stationed in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, Munich, Germany, and South Korea. After receiving his Bachelors Degree from Cameron University and Masters Degree in Accounting from USF, he had a second career as an accountant, retiring from Tampa General Hospital. Frank was proud to be connected to both the U.S. Army and TGH.

Frank developed a great love of golf, which became one of his biggest joys in life. He also loved Tampa Bay sports, especially baseball—his favorite team was the Tampa Bay Rays. He especially loved to root for his grandson Hans Jr.’s baseball teams, becoming a regular at games. He was an animal lover (he has raised cows, goats, chickens, and peacocks), bird enthusiast (especially cockatoos), avid reader, history buff and loved to travel - especially on cruises, visiting places like Japan, South America, and Alaska.

A visitation for Frank will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Blount & Curry, Terrace Oaks Funeral Home. A funeral service will occur Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 1:00 PM at the chapel. A burial will occur at Sunset Memory Gardens.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, September 8, 2019

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Kimberly Miller

September 14, 2019

Funniest thing about your dad on the cruise we took together, he wore a different bright colored shirt everyday single day made me laugh. We had so much going tubbing in the cave with him and your mom. We enjoyed and had a great time with your dad. RIP Frank! -Mai Parker

So very sorry to hear this. He was my first 1SG at Ft Sill. He was a very kind man and I thought the world of him. My deepest condolences to your family. Hey Top! Keep an eye on us from up there! -Michael Anderson

Very sad with his passing, served under Frank at Ft. Sill. He was a good man. Wish I could have chatted with him in person one last time. "We Support" 1SG Walker. NTC 87 - Robert Yoder

Sending you and your family my deepest condolences. Your father was my Accounting teacher about 12 years ago. He was a great instructor. - Cindy Antink

My heartfelt sympathy to you, Kim and to your family, other loved ones, a friends of your dad. I’m proud to have served with and for him as his company commander in Vietnam. Your dad was a fine soldier...a warrior among warriors in A Company, 2-501 Infantry. Prayers for comfort and strength through the difficult days ahead. -Ed Mitchell

I am so sorry to hear this. Frank and I drank a lot of coffee at Wal Mart each morning until I got sick. We had a lot of war stories for each other. Prayers for the entire family. - Dan Bauer

My heart is broken. Frank was one of the kindest, most sincere, gentle men I have ever known. Heaven will rejoice for him to be there. May the good Lord give you comfort and peace at this sad time. -Mary Crenshaw

So sorry for the family he loved so much. We shared such wonderful times as kids which I will always treasure. He’s so kind hearted and loving. I will miss my cousin. Prayers to all - Sandra Buck

I'll always remember Frank as 1 of those "good guys"!!! He'll be missed dearly and I'm so sorry for your loss. All of you and Frank will be in my thoughts and prayers. May peace be with you during this time. - Ed Saylor

Kimberly Miller

September 14, 2019

It is with great sadness we lost another good golfer and fun guy always dinner after 18 holes and Frank had to finish with chocolate cake or dessert, we will all miss you. And Kim, thank you for keeping all up to date with info, ur a sweet girl ! Love.......The Boys - Joseph Roberts

Gonna miss having coffee with you and talking about catching those big bass R.I.P. Frank - Joe Melnick

Hi Kim my Dad Woody played golf with your dad. Daddy was so fond of your dad and the guys. They went to see to see a golf tournament (my dad would say to see Tiger Woods) Lol . Daddy got sick and was taken to a nearby hospital. Your dad stayed with him until we arrived. I'm pretty sure Daddy greeted him with big hug and golf clubs. I can hear him say you ready to get in a game? May GOD bless and comfort you and your family ❤ - Lisa Aguilar
I have enjoyed all the remarks about your father, and my cousin. He lived across the street from us when we were little children. I remember when his parents brought him home from the hospital, his mother let me hold him, he was so beautiful. - Joy Marmon

After our Grandfather’s funeral in 1968, Frank, John, David and i played golf at the old Osceola Golf Course in West Pensacola. First time I broke 100. _ Larry Anderson

Love to your family!! Loved my cousin, Frank!! He was a
Very Special Person! -Charlie Margie Hill

I remember Frank, John, David and me had a lot of unorganized play. Frank and I were around 10 to 12. Would make our own bow and arrow 🏹 to shoot at the birds, probably can’t do that in today’s time. Also would play “run around smear” a brave soul would pick up the football and everyone else would tackle them. Good times with my cousins, RIP Frankie! -Paul &Chris Anderson

Delphine LoCascio

September 7, 2019

I met Frank in a bird group and we connected right away sharing the same love for our feathered babies . I didn’t knew him that long but truly enjoyed our chats and who he was . He was funny and caring and loving and I will miss him dearly even if we never met in person .
My condolences to the family

Betty Viamontes

September 7, 2019

Ivan and I were so saddened by the news. We were so proud to have had him as a friend. I hired Frank at Tampa General Hospital, where he worked until his retirement. He was a pleasure to work with. He loved to argue. "Frank, stop arguing! You are raising my blood pressure!"I would tell him. We both laughed about it. He was also a workaholic. Always trying to relieve others by taking on more work. Above all, he cared about his work, and he truly loved TGH and its mission.

Frank loved to discuss politics with Ivan. Once, we even went to a Chinese restaurant together, and he and Ivan had a blast trying to fix the world.

The passion he infused into everything he did was contagious. The pride in his eyes when he spoke about his family, when he showed us the pictures of each precious moment impacted us all.

Frank was a patriot, someone who cared deeply about this amazing country we are fortunate to call home, and we are indebted to him for his dedicated service.

He was an exemplary human being who gave part of himself to each person he met and who left the world better than he found it.

Frank Walker: Exemplary father, husband, friend, patriot, and American hero. Frank encompassed it all.

We'll miss you, dear friend. Say hello to my parents and grandmother in heaven. Until we see each other again.

Rest in peace.

Your friends always,

Betty and Ivan

Lisa Baxter

September 6, 2019

I worked with Frank for over 10 years at TGH. He was so easy going and laid back. Nothing ever bothered him. He would always get in trouble because he was too busy helping others instead "of doing his own work"! He was one of the kindest people I have met. My heart felt condolences to your family.

Joss Huot

September 6, 2019

I first knew Frank on Vietnam War History.Org, In my capacity of admin there, I had to intervene a few times on his comments and posts there. Let's just say that Frank was straight to the point in his opinions... ;-) So I had to send him a private messageto warn him.....but this private message quickly derived into our love for Vietnam, our multiple trips there...and a frienship was born. He was such a nice gentleman.

And after that, each time I was posting about sports on my personal page, I KNEW Frank will come with some "observations" of his own. Being a Bruins, Red Sox and Patriots fan, Frank often came with a comment saying how much I had bad tastes regarding professional sports teams...LOL

But he also came each and every time that I was posting my photos after a long walk through the streets of Saigon. On that matter, we were in total agreement. He just LOVE Vietnam and its people.

And let's not forget the numerous time Frank tagged me on his posts about birds in particular and pets in general. Just a little "Joss Huot"...... :-) And how often he talked to me about Peanut ??? A lot !!! LOL

I will always cherish these moments.

His last intervention in one of my posts was about Brad Marchant, the festy Bruins player. Sorry, but I cannot report what he said about him here..... ;-)

Rest in Peace my friend, mon ami. Always remeber, never forget.

Tabitha Welsh

September 5, 2019

I worked with Frank at TGH. He was smart, hard working, extremly proud if his kids and grandchildren. I loved hearing him talk about his grandkids and even debate with him about political views. I also loved seeing him post videos and pictures of his bird! May he rest in peace, he will be missed.

Daisy Metz

September 5, 2019

I worked with Frank for a few years at TGH. The energy in which he tackle every task and his willingness to always help was admirable. His personality was contagious. What a great legacy he is leaving behind. Rest in peace Frank.

Dorinda Rottenberger

September 5, 2019

Frank was an amazing man that brought so much laughter and "fierceness" to everything he did. He could make me laugh so hard at work; no matter how stressful it got. :-) I had the honor to work with Frank for several years, and then continue our friendship afterwards. I respected Frank very much, because he always stood for what he believed in. My love, prayers and thoughts are with the family during this time.

Mark Hodge

September 5, 2019

When Hurricane Irma hit a couple of years ago I had a very big tree come down in my back yard. Frank, Hans and Hans Jr. just showed up with chainsaws to help me clear it. This is just an example of how loving and caring the Walker family is. I will miss you my friend.

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On a visit to California

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Holding Boy George the rooster

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Lunch with granddaughter Adina

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On Alaskan cruise vacation

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With wife Hoa

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At Granddaughter Adina's talent show

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With mom Frances

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At the VA Veteran's Day Parade with Granddaughter Adina's Girl Scout troop

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Frank, Hans, and Dan