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Ellis Walker Jr.

April 7, 1952 September 2, 2021
Ellis Walker Jr.
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Obituary for Ellis Walker Jr.

April 7, 1952- September 2, 2021

Ellis (Eli) Walker, Jr. was born April 7, 1952, in Tampa, Florida and was the oldest child born to the late Ellis Walker, Sr. and Lena Audrey Holloway Walker.

He was a proud product of the Hillsborough educational system, graduating from Carver Elementary and Tampa Catholic High Schools. He remained close to his athletic family and attended many happy fun-filled occasions, celebrations as well as memorials and funeral services for former teammates, coaches, and mentors.

Eli was known in Tampa for his prowess as a running back (#22) on the football field as well as the song “Eli’s Coming” that was played to taunt his opponents during games. He was a member of 1970 Class A-B-C All-star Team. In 2010, Eli was inducted into the class of 1971 Hall of Fame at his Alma Mater “TCHS” where he set records including some that can never be broken. Eli was signed up to play for Jacksonville State University after setting a Hillsborough County scoring record of 176 points his junior season. He studied at Jacksonville State University prior to being drafted by the Marines, which prompted him to enlist in the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country.

In 1994 he was baptized by Pastor Wesley Bruce into the Bethel Seventh-day Adventist Church in Gainesville, Florida. As a member of Bethel SDA Church, Ellis served as Pathfinder Leader, Basketball coach, Deacon and Elder. He also served as Area Coordinator for the Southeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Pathfinder organization.

In 1994 Ellis met his partner for life, the former Shirley King. Pastor Bruce officiated at their marriage on June 12, 1994 (Loving Day) and this past June, Ellis and Shirley celebrated their twenty-seventh wedding anniversary. Ellis was a dedicated husband and father, as well as a father-figure to many others.

Coach Walker was an all-around athlete. He enjoyed all sports including football, track and field, basketball and golfing. But he most of all loved mentoring young people. While coaching at Howard Bishop Middle School (Hawks), where he spent over three decades, Oak Hall (Eagles) and Hawthorne High School (Hornets) he had the opportunity to positively impact many young lives. He served as bus driver, mentor, and coach. He was an avid Gator and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan and wore his colors boldly.

He loved fishing. He really loved fishing and would display his catches on Facebook for all to see. After retiring in 2019, he and Shirley were able to take the trip of a lifetime to Alaska where he realized a lifelong desire to go deep sea fishing and to catch a salmon as big as Shirley…which he did!!

Coach Walker leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Shirley King-Walker; daughters, Trinita R. Walker (Tampa, Florida), Jamya Walker and Jayla Walker (Hawthorne, Florida); sons, Ellis Walker, III (Lakeland, Florida), Germele Walker (Yuma, Arizona), Zion Simmons (Richmond, Virginia), Shalyn Walker, and Jaret Walker (Hawthorne, Florida); brothers, Frederick Walker (Warner Robbins, Georgia), Osburt Walker, Sr. (Tampa, Florida) and Stacie Walker (Kim), Atlanta, Georgia; sister, Audrey LaShawn Lee (Kevin), Indiana.

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Visitation

Thursday

16

Sep

4:00 PM 9/16/2021 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 9/16/2021 6:00:00 PM
Pinkney-Smith Funeral Home - Hawthorne

21400 SE Hawthorne Road
Hawthorne, FL 32640

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Pinkney-Smith Funeral Home - Hawthorne
21400 SE Hawthorne Road Hawthorne 32640 FL
United States

Service

Thursday

16

Sep

6:15 PM 9/16/2021 6:15:00 PM
Hawthorne High School Football Stadium

21101 SE Hawthorne Road
Hawthorne, FL 32640

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Hawthorne High School Football Stadium
21101 SE Hawthorne Road Hawthorne 32640 FL
United States

Graveside

Friday

17

Sep

1:00 PM 9/17/2021 1:00:00 PM
Rest Haven Memorial Park

4615 East Hanna Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610

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Rest Haven Memorial Park
4615 East Hanna Avenue Tampa 33610 FL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Rest Haven Memorial Park Final Resting Place

4615 East Hanna Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610

4615 East Hanna Avenue Tampa 33610 FL
United States
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