Viola Marie Stokes was born April 15, 1934, in Bledsoe, Texas to Clayton Hilliard and Fannie Lue Ruland Stokes. She spent her early childhood in and around Bledsoe, where she attended school and was a forward on the girl’s basketball team.
She married Lewis Leon Walker on Oct. 18, 1948, in Portales, N.M. They farmed at Lehman, TX for many years. In 1962, Viola and Lewis moved to Brownfield, TX where they owned and operated White’s Auto. In 1963, they moved to Plains, TX where they managed Goodpasture Grain locations in both Plains and NewTex, TX. In 1967, they took over management of Anderson Grain in Plains, Texas where they spent many happy years. Viola was hired as City Secretary of Plains, TX in 1972 where she eventually was promoted to City Manager. She was also volunteer emergency medical technician for the Plains Fire Department.
In 1990, Viola retired with her husband to Oak Creek Lake where they spent the remainder of their years together. Viola was employed by Town and Country Food Stores in Bronte, TX where she received employee of the year for the San Angelo Region in 1998. In 2011, Viola moved to Granbury, TX.
Viola was preceded in death by her parents, Clayton and Fannie; two brothers, Johnny Delbert and Stetcher Albert, the love of her life, Lewis Walker; and a grandson, Elijah.
Viola is survived by a sister, Jimmie Stokes of Granbury, TX; her children; Nita and Dale Frazier of Plainview, TX, Rob and Elaine Walker of Portales, N.M. and Lori Walker Putansu of Granbury, TX. Grandchildren include Keisha and Dan Parrish, Monte Walker, Cody Frazier, Monica Walker, D’Laine Frazier, Amanda Sachse, Matthew Sachse, Caleb and Erica Johnson, Malinda Sachse and Dylan Thompson and three great-grandchildren with another on the way.
Viola joined her family in Heaven on Nov. 14, 2011.
Viola enjoyed cooking, experimenting with foods and gifting these treasures to her friends and loved ones. She will be remembered for her wonderful cakes, pies and the family favorite, spoon fudge. She also enjoyed crocheting and made afghans for her children and grandchildren. She loved and raised many Boston Terriers and Julie will miss her.
Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10 a.m. on Nov. 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Blackwell, Texas, with Rev. Scott Wesley officiating. The services will be under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater, TX. Interment will follow at Blackwell Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Hook Miller, Nell Brian, Vicki Nichels, Ron Brandt and Larry Harrelson.
Condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com .