Thank you all for coming to celebrate the life of our father and mommy’s husband Johnny Walton, known to some as “Lil Head” and to others as “Smokey”. He was just Daddy to us. Our funny, irritating, loving, stern, stubborn Dad.
Our dad departed this life on September 15, 2018 in Oxon Hill, Maryland at his mother’s house. He requested to go there one last time while under hospice care.
But before we get to his death, let’s talk about his life:
He was the son of Rosie Walton and the late Johnny Lewis and born in Charleston, SC. Later his mother married the late Walt Walton where he was adopted and name changed to Walton. So he has roots in both Charleston and Maryland.
How did he get to Mullins you ask, well he joined the Navy and met Auther Manuel or “Uncle Sly” to us, and he introduced our parents. Through letters they fell in love months and months before meeting. A short time after, they were married. At the time of their union, dad had two sons, Johnny Travis Lee and the late Jason Clyde Lee.
Our dad decided to live in Mullins after mommy put her foot down about living in Charleston. Dad worked for Anvil for years before moving on to AMV, where he mad lasting friendships. He briefly worked at Wal-Mart before returning to AVM until his health failed in 2015. There were two sides to our dad; the sweet, understanding, loving side and then at a drop of a hat, he could curse you out. Having said that, he had a magnetic spirit about him that could pull you towards him. He came here as if he had been here all his life because he didn’t meet any strangers. Our dad was really loyal and protective of those that he loved.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 32 plus years, Sandra Woodberry Walton (Dottie); one (1) son Johnny Travis Lee; three (3) daughters Yolanda Jones, Tamala (Greg) Jones, Krystal Walton; two (2) adopted daughters Shemeca Woodberry and Janae Sidbury; six (6) grandchildren; a mother Rosie Walton; two (2) brothers Eric Walton and Kenneth Britt; two (2) aunts, three (3) cousins who were more like sisters and brothers; four nieces, one nephew and a host of cousins and friends; several special friends: they know who they are!
We’re going to miss his smile and corny jokes, but most of all, that bigger than life walk he had.