TUSCALOOSA — Services for Walter Monroe McCracken will be held today at Calvary Baptist Church at 3 p.m. in Tuscaloosa with Rev. Martin Wagner and Dr. Tim Lovett officiating. Burial will follow at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.
Mr. McCracken, age 90, died on August 23, at Hospice of West Alabama.
The body will lie in state an hour before the service at the church.
Walter McCracken was born on January 3, 1922. He grew up in the Ralph community and attended Tuscaloosa County High School and The University of Alabama.
He served in the U.S. Army with the 10th Armored Division during WWII and received a Purple Heart during action in the Battle of the Bulge.
He worked at BF Goodrich for 33 years and retired in 1978. He worked in real estate after his retirement. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Williams-Davis Sunday School Class. He loved his family and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
An avid golfer, he played regularly at the Tuscaloosa Country Club. He and his wife were one of the first residents of Capstone Village, where he was able to continue his love for Alabama athletics.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Effie and Compton McCracken, and his sister, Frances Cannon.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Flora Sealy McCracken; daughters, Cindy Wagner (Tommy) of Tuscaloosa and Karen Dawsey of Ft. Worth, Texas; sons, Kenneth McCracken (Missy) of Meridian, and Neal McCracken (Kathy) of Tuscaloosa; grandchildren Lisa McCracken, Ken McCracken (Stacie), Mary McCall White, Gafford White, Michael Wagner (Mary Beth), Matt Wagner (Meredith), Martin Wagner (Hallie), Zach Dawsey, Caitlin Dawsey, Lindsey McCracken, Compton McCracken, and Brant Lyons; and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Michael Wagner, Ken McCracken, Matt Wagner, Martin Wagner, Zach Dawsey, Compton McCracken, Gafford White, and Brant Lyons Honorary pallbearers are the staff and residents of Capstone Village, members of Williams/ Davis Sunday School Class, Dr. Keith and Carol DeBell and staff of West Alabama Internal Medicine, staff of DCH Home Health, Wound Healing Center, and 4th floor nursing staff, Home Instead Senior Care staff, Jim and Sue Phillips, Adolph and Mary South, and Jeane Martin.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Calvary Baptist Church or Hospice of West Alabama.