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Powell Funeral Home

2602 W Beebe Capps Expressway, Searcy, AR

Phone: 501-268-7220

Dwight Rider Walton, Jr.

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Published: July 23, 2013

Dwight Rider Walton Jr., of Searcy, died Sunday, July 21, at the age of 66. Known to his family as "Sonny," Dwight was born in Sugarland, Texas, December 28, 1946, but grew up in Hope, Ark. He was the son of Dwight Rider Walton Sr. and Doris Laverne Martin Walton, who preceded him in death.

Dwight was a graduate of Hope High School and Nicholls State University. He also attended Henderson State University. He received the bachelor of science degree from the College of Business Administration at Nicholls State. He was a member of the 39th Infantry Brigade of the Arkansas National Guard in the 60s.

In 1969, Dwight married Leah Chitty, who survives him. Survivors also include a son, Kelly, and his wife, Terri, of Cabot, Ark., and a daughter, Denise Gall, and her husband, Allen, of Georgetown, Texas. Grandchildren Austin and Jackson Walton, and Elyssa and Jessie Gall also survive. Other survivors are his sisters, Ann Neill of Hope; Becky (Larry) Meek of San Antonio; and Hannah Adams of Ragley, La.; and his brothers, John Roy and Chris (Edessa) of Hope. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth.

Visitation will be tonight (Tuesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home. The memorial service will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the College Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Harding University Student Scholarship fund, Attn; Jim Carr, P.O. Box 12244, Searcy, Arkansas 72149.

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