Ralph Foster Walton, 86, of Port St. Joe, passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Long Avenue Baptist Church in Port St. Joe, with Pastor Eli Prine officiating. A private interment will be held at Holly Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Ralph, son of the late Fred Foster Walton and Jewell Henderson Walton, was born April 15, 1932 in Starrsville, Georgia. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force in special forces at Tyndall Air Force Base. Ralph retired from St. Joe Paper Company after many years as a purchasing agent. He was a member of Long Avenue Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Royal Ambassador leader, and taught Sunday School.
In his leisure time, Ralph enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, and working on his farm. He was generous with the fruits and vegetables and loved to share. He was famous for his homemade fudge and jelly that he gave out to friends and family at Christmastime.
Ralph had a passion for sports. In his youth, he played American Legion baseball, coached Little League as an adult and kept up with his Atlanta Braves. Ralph was an avid reader and enjoyed researching and learning new things.
Other than his parents, Ralph is preceded in death by his brother, Wilson Walton and sister, Jeanette Walton.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty J. Walton of Port St. Joe; children Darlene Battle (Don) of Panama City, Janice Adkison (Martin) of Port St.Joe, and Jeff Walton of Marianna; grandchildren Brad Smith, Clay Whitfield, Brooks Adkison, Mason Adkison, Chance Walton, Christopher Walton, Michaela “KayKay” Rabon and Madison Rabon; great grandchildren Ava, Brodhi, Coral, Avery, Lauren, Madison, Connor, Aneala, Jason and Joanna; other relatives and friends.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the nurses and staff at Covenant Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice at www.choosecovenant.org.
Online condolences and memories may be shared at WhatleyFuneralServices.com.