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George (Junior) Walker, III

June 8, 1954 – March 12, 2024

George Walker, III, a proud Veteran of the United States Army, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2024, in Tampa, Florida. Affectionately known as “Junior”, George was born in Utica, New York to George Walker, Jr., and Mamie Lee (Bass) Walker. He attended Utica City Schools and graduated from Utica Free Academy before attending Utica College where he earned an associate degree. George enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1978 and served until 1992, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He continued to honor his fellow servicemen by working for the Department of Veterans Affairs up until his retirement in December of 2017.

He was predeceased by his parents George and Maime Lee Walker, Jr.; and his sisters Joyce Vowels-Cotton, Carol Ann “Yammy” Walker and Brenda Lee Walker.

George’s legacy lives on as he is survived by his children: Anthony Jeron Smith (Angela) of Rochester, NY; Armon George Walker of Utica, NY; Keenon George Walker of Tampa, FL; Jonathan George Walker of Hinesville, GA; & Renetta Bernice Walker of Rochester, NY; sisters Lucille Marquita “Keta” Walker & Lois Jean Walker of Tampa, FL; brothers James Ronald “Ronnie” Walker, Sr. (Belinda), & Richard Darnell Walker of Tampa, FL; uncles Charles Walker and Walter “Sonny” Chatman of Macon, GA; and aunt Iretta Walker of Macon, GA; grandchildren: Trevera Wilson-Walker, Eymon Walker, Kareem Smith, Victorious Walker, Omar Smith, Nas Lanaux, & Sadae Reinhardt-Walker; great-grandsons Najzon Wilson & Nahjay Wilson; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews; a host of lifelong friends; and two “brothers-from-another-mother”, Roderick Shaw & Morris “Pumpkin” Brown. George was twice-married – first to Gloria Ann Walker of Rochester, NY, and later to Carlotta Walker of Tampa, FL.

George was a connoisseur of fine clothes, cigars, and hats; a lover of good music; and could light up any room with an infectious smile and hearty laugh. No longer with us physically, but forever with us in spirit, we are thankful of the time we were allowed to share with Junior.

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