Bernard “Bud” Walters
May 01, 2012 | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Graveside services for Bernard “Bud” Walters, 78, of Rockcastle Shores, formerly of Little Rock and Blytheville, Ark., will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2012, at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville. Goodwin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Walters died of natural causes on April 1, 2012, at his residence.

He retired in 1971 from the United States Air Force at USAF Security Headquarters, an arm of the Super Secret National Security Agency, (NSA). He joined the Mutual of Omaha Companies as a Military Division Manager until his retirement in 1991.

Mr. Walters was an in-theatre veteran of both the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. His military awards include the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars for Major Combat Campaigns; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Korean and United Nations Service Medal; Korea Defense Service Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal and a number of other foreign medals and citations. He earned an Eighth Air Force Bachelor of Support Degree as a Counselor on Strategic Affairs through the Eighth Air Force Commander’s Distinguished Visitors Program.

He served in many elected and appointed offices of Civic, Veteran, and Fraternal Organizations. As a life member of the Air Force Association, he served as a National Vice President; Member of the National Board of Directors; National Constitution and By-laws Committee; National Communications Committee; National Officers Nominating Committee; National Credentials Committee; South Central Region Vice President for Communications; Arkansas State President and Blytheville Arkansas Chapter President. He was awarded the Air Force prestigious Presidential Citation; Exceptional Service Award; Medal of Merit and the Arkansas State Distinguished Service Award.

Walters was also a sustaining life member of the Aerospace Education Foundation, Charter Member of the Jacksonville Ark. Lions Club, American Legion and former member of Jacksonville, Arkansas Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and the Blytheville/Eaker Air Force Base Community Council.

As a life member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and the Military Order of the Cootie (honor degree of the VFW) he served as a Post Trustee; VFW Post Commander and National Aid-de-camp to the VFW National Commander; A Pup Tent Seam Squirrel; Commander Grand Quartermaster and Supreme Aid-de-Camp to the Supreme Commander of the Military Order of the Cootie.

Mr. Walters was reared in Lexington, the youngest child of the late Lucas and Tempie Walters and a member of Victory Christian Church in Lexington.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Douglas Walters and Ernest Edward Walters; and one sister, Mary Virginia Aubrey.

Survivors are one brother, William Wilson Walters of Kansas City, Mo., one sister, Ruth Jean Mallory of Lexington; one son Stephen Allen Walters of Winchester; three daughters, Vicki Lynn Walters of Alexandria, Ark., Tempie Sue Irvin of Pine Bluff, Ark. and Theresa Gail Peters of Highland Village, Texas; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Wigger, Doug Graham, Randy Braboy, James Hughes and Tommy Hanberry.
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