Edward Louis Walter, Jr.

Funeral services for Edward Louis Walter, Jr., 87, were held Tuesday, October 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Milligan Funeral Home with the Rev. Thomas DeRamus officiating.  Burial was in the Hillcrest Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Wilmer Barrow, Billy Howell, Frazier Riggins, Clayton McGregor, Vernon Sykes and Archie Williams.  Mr. Walter was a lifelong resident of Stewart County.  He was the son of the late Letitia Smith and Edward Walter.  His wife, Mrs. Emma Phippen Walter, died in 1953.  Survivors include two sons, Charles E. and James Bernard Walter of Dover; two daughters, Miss Lois Walter of Dover and Miss Dorothy Walter of Memphis; one sister, Miss Clarice Walter of Dover.

(Note:  Edward Louis Walter, Jr.’s mother, Letitia Levine Smith Walter was the daughter of Rebecca Atkins Lewis and Dr. James Washington Smith.  He was a great grandson of Joseph and Sarah Swor Smith and Daniel and Elizabeth O. Atkins Lewis.  He was a gg grandson of Rev. War soldiers Thomas Lewis and Lewis Atkins.)

(Note:  The following is a Goodspeed history of his father Edward Walter and his grandfather Bernard Walter: 

“Ed Walter, (Sr.), the leading merchant of Dover, is the son of Bernhard and Camille (Vintreaux) Walter. The father was born in Baden, Germany, and after reaching man's estate came to this county and located in Louisville, Ky., where he married Miss. Vintreaux who was a native of Paris, France. After marriage they remained in Louisville till 1840, when they took up their abode in Dover. By trade the father was a shoemaker. In politics he was a Democrat. His wife belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church. After the death of his first wife, in 1859, he again married and lived till 1881. The subject of this sketch made glad the hearts of his parents by his presence in the year 1842, being one of nine children. From his father he inherited the thrift of the German and from his mother the tact of the Frenchman. From this one could predict his choice in business. In 1863 he entered a store in Dover as salesman; three years later opened a store of general merchandise, in which he has since been engaged. In addition to that he handles leaf tobacco extensively and runs a custom-mill. He has six children born of his marriage with Letitia Smith in 1869. He is a supporter of Democratic principles. His wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Walter has always attended very closely to business, and as a result has met with extraordinary success.”) 

Submitted by  Kyle, Melanie and David Atkins  on behalf of Louise Wyatt-  Thank you!


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