Robert “Bob” Oliver Walker

BORN: May 25, 1938
DIED: January 10, 2018
LOCATION: South Charleston, West Virginia

Robert “Bob” Oliver Walker

Robert (Bob) Oliver Walker of South Charleston passed away on January 10, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Bob was born on May 25, 1938 in Charleston, WV. He was a graduate of Charleston High School in 1956 where he was All-State in Football and went on to play for 3 years at Indiana University. He continued to play professionally for the Charleston Rockets, starting for their undefeated 1965 and 1966 seasons. Bob returned to South Charleston where he worked for the South Charleston Fire Department for 25 years, and served as Captain. Bob continued his service to the City of South Charleston as the Circuit Court Clerk for 25 additional years. Bob had a love for cars and his hobbies included restoring older models, corvettes being his favorite. He was a certified Southern Ohio Valley Corvette restorer and judge. Bob was an active member of the car community in WV as a part of the Rod Run Do Wop Car Show Judging Committee, where he was recently inducted into the Drag Racing Hall of Fame in the summer of 2017.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Almeda Walker; father, Ira Elliot Walker; his siblings, Faith Samples, Holly Samples, Crede Samples, Cledith Miller, Chuck Walker, David Walker and Lorn Walker.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Lee Walker; his children, Robert Oliver Walker, Jr., David Walker (Kathleen), Christy Nelson (Nathan) his grandchildren, Kinsey Walker, Karley Walker, Shawn Walker, Michael Walker, Logan Nelson, Angela Walker, and Natalie Nelson.

A service to honor the life of Bob will be held at 1pm on January 13, 2018 at Snodgrass Funeral Home. Family and friends may visit prior to the service from 11am to 1pm.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536 or Blessed Sacrament Parish, 305 E. Street, South Charleston, WV 25303.

Memories of Bob may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

10 replies
  1. Susan and Sam Femia says:

    We’re sorry for your loss, he always had a smile on his face that would make others smile. Prayers for you and your family.

  2. Melvin Gritt says:

    I am saddened of the passing of Bob. He was a compassionate person to his friends and family. I pray that our Lord will give Pat and children a blanket of comfort to ease the pay. God Bless.

  3. Mike and Mary Lou Albert says:

    Pat & family:
    Bob was a great guy and will truly be missed by all who knew him.
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time

  4. mike mooney says:

    I became acquainted with Mr. Walker through the hospitality shown to me and my family, and sports with David and Bobby ( mostly baseball) . Mrs. Walker, Mr. Walker, Bobby and David have been friendly to me and my family. As a young teenager I recall Christie, their little sister, being welcomed into their home too.

    In 1975 our family travelled (from WV to FL) with the Walkers to support the South Charleston Western Little League All-Stars play in St. Petersburg . We stayed in their Winnebago at a nearby campground. My brother was on the team.
    Also the Walkers and I visited some caves in Kentucky with the Walkers as a friend with Bobby. I wish the best for Mrs. Walker .

  5. Martin McCutcheon says:

    Growing up from childhood through school with David, I had the pleasure of knowing Mr Walker, whom I remember as always having a big presence in everyone’s life whether through his great personality or just his strong stature. I am very sorry for the families loss and although I am not in town to share the celebration of Bob’s life, our families prayers go out to each of you. God Bless.

  6. Pat Rader says:

    I wanna say how sorry I am to hear about Bob’s passing. I always enjoyed talkin’ to him about anything, cars, his time at Indiana or whatever. Bob was always friendly like a father or grandfather an’ never to busy to speak, talk, or pass the time of day. I always liked Bob really well an’ will miss him greatly. I’ll keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers. Truly…

  7. scott says:

    I was practically raised in the Walker home and every discipline you gave me would like to say a big thank you to Bob and Pat for letting God use you to help me. Maybe I can say it like this, “Bob was like the dad I never had.” Thanks again for everything you did, every place you took me, every meal you fed me, and every discipline you gave me. Our love and prayers go out to Pat, Bobby, David and family. The Lord bless you and keep you through this time of sorrow.
    Love, The Scott Chandler family

  8. T. Walker says:

    Mrs. Walker, David and Bobby, Very sorry to hear about the lost of Mr. Walker, beloved husband and father. My condolences to the entire extended family as well. May God bless you and comfort you.

  9. Donna (Marino) Simmons says:

    Pat,David,Bobby & Kristy,
    I was so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. He was a wonderful friend, who would do anything for anyone. Michael & I have often talked about how generous Bob was with his time, on cars when needed. We also enjoyed the wonderful times we had with the family on trips and at ballgames. Precious memories! Thoughts & prayers for all of you.

  10. M. Walker says:

    David and Bobby,
    It’s always hard to lose a loved one, especially a parent. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this difficult time.
    Chris and Monica Walker (Jefferson Park)

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  • Saturday, January 13
    11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Snodgrass Funeral Home
  • 4122 MacCorkle Avenue SW
    South Charleston, WV 25309-1512
  • (304) 768-7324
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Memorial Service

  • Saturday, January 13
    1:00 PM
  • Snodgrass Funeral Home
  • 4122 MacCorkle Avenue SW
    South Charleston, WV 25309-1512
  • (304) 768-7324
  • Directions