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Walker served Jenkins despite illness



Funeral services were held Tuesday for Jenkins City Councilman Kyle Edward Walker.

Walker, 66, of 153 Cottage Row, Jenkins, died of cancer May 24 at a hospital in Rutledge, Tenn.

“He was a good councilman who had a real interest in his community,” said Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest.

Through his illness, Walker tried to attend as many council meetings as possible, even traveling back from doctor’s appointments in Tennessee to be at meetings, said Jenkins City Administrator Benny Mc- Call. He led the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at the council meeting on May 2.

“He loved serving the people of Jenkins on the city council,” said McCall. “He ran to make Jenkins a better place and he was doing that. He was very active in his position. It has been a great loss for us. He was a great moral man, a great family man.”

Walker advocated for youth and wanted admission prices at the Jenkins pool to be affordable for youth and their families, said McCall.

“He would come in often and see me about citizens’ concerns,” said McCall. “If they had a concern of any kind, they could take it to Kyle and he would bring it straight to us.”

Walker was a retired mine foreman for Alpha mining. He was a Vietnam War veteran and a Masonic member.

A son of the late Alfred and Emma Jean Cavis Walker, he is survived by his wife, Jennifer Walker; a son, Gabriel Kyle Polly; two daughters, Shelly Walker Polly and husband Brian, and Kyla Walker Phillips; three brothers,

David Walker and wife Abby, Joe Walker and Alfred Walker and wife Tammy; two sisters, Marlene Seymour and husband Richard, and Lisa Walker; and five grandchildren, Mikaela Phillips, Gabriel Polly, Caleb Phillips, Madison Phillips and Chancellor Polly.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Danny “Dino” Walker, and a sister, Barb Ratliff.

Services were held at Lucas and Son Funeral Home in Pike County. Burial following in the Powell Valley Memorial Cemetery in Virginia.



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