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James McCoy Walton

October 16, 1953 - December 20, 2017

James McCoy Walton, 64, departed this life on December 20, 2017.  Son of the late Rawleigh James and Lealure Inge Walton was born in Durham, N.C in 1953, where he grew up in Pittsylvania County, VA.  He later graduated from Tunstall High School in 1972.  Upon graduating high school, James attended Saint Paul College, where he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.  Later James Walton married his childhood sweetheart, Queen Elizabeth Harris on October 2, 1976 and to this union of forty-one years three children were born: Sherlita Yvonne Richardson, DaRon McCoy Walton and Teneecia Letoria Parker.

In November 1977, he entered the United States Army where he served his country for twenty-six years.  He attained the rank of Master Sergeant, retiring in December of 2003.  With extensive managerial and leadership experience, he served in a variety of billets including the 18th Air borne Corp Personnel Operation Division Sergeant Major; National Defense University; Joint Forces Staff College Senior Enlisted Advisor/Joint Personnel Administrative Supervisor; Adjutant General Sergeant Major (AGSGM) Fort Eustis, Virginia; and 8th Personnel Command Equal Opportunity Advisor in Seoul , Korea where he was responsible for establishing and implementing an affirmative action program designed to fully integrate the Korean Employment Program with the command’s Equal Employment Opportunity effort.

McCoy (Coy) and his family moved to various states and countries, later laying roots in Newport News, Virginia.  After leaving active duty, Master Sergeant James Walton became a life member of DAV Lester S. Gordon Chapter 2, in Newport News, Virginia, where he served as Commander and a number of leadership and service positions.  In June of 2016, he was elected as the DAV Department of Virginia Commander.

James Walton was a member of Schoolfield Primitive Baptist Church.  He was an active and faithful supporter long before he became a member.  Along with being a soldier in the United States Army, he was a soldier in the Army of the Lord.

Left to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted wife, Queen Walton and his three children- Sherlita Richardson (Allen) of Newport News, Virginia, DaRon Walton (Alicia) of Newport News, Virginia and Teneecia Parker (Willie) of Newport News, Virginia.  He is also survived by his brother, Larry D. Walton of Chatham, Virginia; Sister, LeaLure Nevils of Chatham, Virginia; his aunts, Ella S. Watkins of Martinsville, Virginia, Delsie M. Woods of Chatham, Virginia; eleven grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sibling, Herbert L. Walton.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, December 27, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home-Denbigh Chapel. A funeral service will be conducted at noon on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at the Denbigh Chapel and interment will follow with full military honors at 3 p.m. in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, VA.

 

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel

12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608


Service Information

Date: Thursday, December 28, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel

12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608


Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, December 28, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm

Location:

Albert G. Horton Memorial Veteran Cemetery

5310 Milners Rd.
Suffolk, VA 23434


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