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Johnny Walls

September 15, 2018

Johnny Hughes Walls, 55, of Spotsylvania, Va., passed away Sept. 4, 2018, in Spotsylvania, Va.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, until the 11:30 a.m. funeral at A. L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home, 200 Butternut Drive, Fredericksburg, Va.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps chaplain.

Burial will be in Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Va.

Memorials may be made to the Fisher House Foundation online at engage.fisherhouse.org/goto/JohnnyHughesWallsJr.

A local memorial service will be Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 650 Fairview Ave., Bradley.

He was born July 2, 1963, in Clarksdale, Miss., the son of J. Hugh Walls and Angela Levonne Walls.

Mr. Walls was a sous chef.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) in September 1984, continued his service and received an honorable separation as an E-3 LCPL in July 1992.

He is survived by a son, Calvin L. Walls; one grandson, Mason C. Walls, of Grants Pass, Ore.; brother, Gregory Walls (Terri Walls), of Kankakee; six sisters and one brother-in-law, Bobbie Walls Sherrod, of Dumfries, Va., Rose Walls, Joyce Walls Jones (Billy Jones) and Angela Deniece Walls, all of Kankakee, Linda Walls, of Matteson, and Hugh Ann Walls, of Spotsylvania, Va.; and two aunts, Rachel Harris, of Canton, Miss., and Fannie Mae Metcalf, of Kansas City, Mo.

Preceding him in death were his father; three sisters, Willie Dallas Walls, Annette Walls and Nanette Walls; brother, Michael Walls; nieces and nephews, Cameron LeQuan Jones and LeDonja Walls and Prima, Bernadette, Justina and Joel Walls Howery; parental grandparents, Rose Ella and Willie Walls; and maternal grandparents, Mable Harris and Major Johnson.

Johnny confessed Christ when he was 13 years old at Zion Gate Baptist Church, Kankakee, and as a testament to his faith in the principles of the Holy Bible was baptized at Zion Gate Baptist Church.

He graduated from Kankakee Eastridge High School in June of 1981. He attended Northern Illinois University for two years. He left NIU and enlisted in the USMC in September 1984.

Johnny’s work experience began at the USMC in the food service specialist school as chief cook and head baker, and he obtained training as a sous chef. He was banquet captain at many well-known restaurants in Illinois and Virginia, along with the Hilton Hotels and Holiday Inns.

He worked at many companies in the automotive industry. Johnny enjoyed working and continued until his health impacted him.

He was described as a loving son, father, grandfather and brother. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

In a recent writing, Johnny said he “values most in life: freedom, family and self-respect.”

He received the USMC Rifle Marksman Badge, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Letter of Appreciation.

In Illinois, Johnny received an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification as an ASE-certified auto mechanic in 1994.

(Pd)

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