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Dwight Rider Walton,, Jr. Obituary


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“Leah,Kelly and Denice Im so upset by what I learned about my friend , My thoughts and prayers are for the three of you. I wish...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Douglas Harper - Gurdon, AR

“Dad, we did not always see eye to eye, but that was because we often would see something we did not like in ourselves in the mirror that was the...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Denise Gall - Georgetown, TX

“Praying God's strong arms of comfort will continue to bring you all the peace that passes all understanding during such a great loss. We love you! ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Stephen & Lisa Edelhuber - AR

“I have many memories of Sonny, as I knew him in Hope. I did honor his wish for me to call him Dwight when we all lived in Searcy together. Sonny did...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Jennifer Rhodes Hurd - TX

“So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Connie Allen - Diboll, TX

“Our Prayers go out to the Family. ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Mike Marcum - Hope, AR - Friend

“The friends here at the Doublebees-Quiznos will miss the great smile that we see every morning on the friend face of a great man. The family is in...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Donene Levine - searcy, AR

“So sorry to hear of your loss! My prayers are with the family for comfort and peace in the days ahead. ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Denise Miller Dorriety - Friend

“My deepest sympathy to the entire family for the lose of this good man. God give you strength and courage for the coming days. My love and prayers....Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Treva Pryor - Searcy, AR

“I always remember and will miss his friendly smile. So saddened by your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Donna Helms - Little Rock, AR

“Our love and prayers are with you at this time. We are heartbroken by Dwight's death. We loved him! He always greeted us with a big smile and a...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Ed and Beth Wilson - Searcy, AR

“Sorry for your loss. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Joy Denley - Lonoe, AR

“Leah, Tom and I are so saddened by your loss. We will continue to pray for you and your family. ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: Jill Holaday - Searcy, AR

“Dwight was my very good friend. I called him Moon because we played dominoes together with guys on the drilling rigs. I'm praying for Leah and the...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Matthew McJunkins - Greenbrier

“John and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Sonny. You all are in my prayers and thoughts. ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: Merigayle Stockton - Hope, AR

“Kelly, so sorry to hear about your dad. We are praying for you and your family to have strength during this time. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Todd Martin - Cabot, AR - Friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. When I think of Dwight, I remember his big smile! Your family is in my prayers. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Linda Parsons Cowart - Hope, AR

“Leah Kelly and Denise I am so sorry for our loss. Just remember all the good times. I love yall. ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Hanna - Ragley, LA - Sister

“Our love and prayers. I served in the national Guard with Dwight in the 60s. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Ronnie and Margaret Kidd - Hope, AR


Dwight Rider Walton Jr., of Searcy, died Sunday, July 21, at the age of 66. Known to his family as "Sonny," Dwight was born in Sugarland, Texas, December 28, 1946, but grew up in Hope, Ark. He was the son of Dwight Rider Walton Sr. and Doris Laverne Martin Walton, who preceded him in death.
Dwight was a graduate of Hope High School and Nicholls State University. He also attended Henderson State University. He received the bachelor of science degree from the College of Business Administration at Nicholls State. He was a member of the 39th Infantry Brigade of the Arkansas National Guard in the 60s.
In 1969, Dwight married Leah Chitty, who survives him. Survivors also include a son, Kelly, and his wife, Terri, of Cabot, Ark., and a daughter, Denise Gall, and her husband, Allen, of Georgetown, Texas. Grandchildren Austin and Jackson Walton, and Elyssa and Jessie Gall also survive.
Other survivors are his sisters – Ann Neill of Hope; Becky (Larry) Meek of San Antonio; and Hannah Adams of Ragley, La.; and his brothers – John Roy and Chris (Edessa) of Hope. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth.
Visitation will be tonight (Tuesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home. The memorial service will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the College Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Harding University Student Scholarship fund, Attn; Jim Carr, P.O. Box 12244, Searcy, Arkansas 72149.

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