Oliver G. Walters
Services for Mr. Oliver Glynn Walters, Sr. Pharm.D., 83, of Rayville, LA were held Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at First Baptist Church, Rayville, with Dr. Ernest Winburn officiating.
Internment followed in the Rayville Masonic Cemetery will follow under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home of Rayville.
Oliver Walters was born on November 6, 1925 in Bienville, Louisiana to John Clinton Walters, Sr., and Susie Smith Walters. In 1940, the family moved to Rayville, Louisiana where Oliver attended high school. After graduating in 1944, Oliver was selected for military service. He was inducted into the United States Army, Forty-second Rainbow Division on May 18, 1944. On December 9, 1944 he and his division arrived in France. He was captured by German soldiers December 23, 1944 and spent the next several months of his life in German prison camps. Oliver was liberated by the British on March 23, 1945.
After the war, Oliver enrolled in Northeast Junior College and met Joy Maxie. They married on July 25, 1948. Continuing with school, Oliver and Joy moved to the College of the Ozarks. Oliver was enrolled in pharmacy school. After the pharmacy school was moved to the University of Arkansas, they moved too. He continued until he graduated in 1954 from the University of Arkansas, College of Pharmacy, Little Rock, Arkansas. From this time until 1963 Oliver worked in / or owned stores in Shreveport; Bastrop; Monticello, Arkansas and Newellton, Louisiana. In 1963, he opened Walters; Drug Store in Rayville. He continued in the practice of pharmacy until his retirement in 2000. In 2004, Oliver received special recognition as a member of the first graduating class of the University Pharmacy School. He was a member of the 5th District Pharmaceutical Association, and was past president. He was a 25 year member of the American Legion in Rayville, the Northeast Chapter of American Ex-POWs and a member of the First Baptist Church Rayville, LA.
He was preceded in death by his parents John Clinton Walters, Sr., and Susie Smith Walters, and a sister-in-law Martha M. Walters.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joy Maxie Walters of Rayville, LA; daughters: Sara Elizabeth Walters Ware, and her husband Billy of Rayville, LA, Amy Joy Walters McMichael of Arlington, TX, Tamara Sue Walters Haynes and her husband Tony of Bastrop, LA; son: Oliver Glynn Walters, Jr. and his wife Sharon of Fayetteville, GA; brothers: Kermit L Walters, Sr. and his wife Joyce Ann of Rayville, LA and John Clinton Walters, Jr. and his wife Irene of St. Simon’s Island, GA; grandchildren Erin Ware, Anna Ware, Emily M. Bennett and husband Derek, James McMichael, Katie Haynes, Alan Haynes, Macie Walters, Trey Walters, Beth Walters and Madison Walters.
Pallbearers were his grandsons and nephews, James McMichael, Derek Bennett, Alan Haynes, Trey Walters, John Clinton Walters, III., Arthur Walters, Kermit L. Walters, Jr., Randy Walters, R. J. Walters and Lamar Walters.
Honorary pallbearers were Tom Heath, Lamar Lane, Eddie Yancey, L. Yancey, Langston Yancey and Brett Greer.
Online registry and condolences are at www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.