KENNESAW, Ga. — Lt. Col. (ret.) Walter Jimmie McEver, 81, of Kennesaw, Ga., formerly of Macon, died Aug. 2, 2008, of complications due to Alzheimer’s.

Col. McEver was born Feb. 4, 1927, in Thomasville. He grew up attending school in Moultrie and graduated from Lanier High School in Macon in June 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1945, and he attended the Aviation Electricians’ Mate School at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Jacksonville, Fla. Upon completion, he was sent to Pearl Harbor, where he remained until his discharge in August 1946.

Returning to civilian life, he attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega and graduated in 1950. After college he worked as a sales rep for United States Tobacco Co. until being called to active duty in May 1951. He received his commission through the Reserve Officers Training Corps program and served his country for more than 20 years.

During his tour in Korea, he served with the 45th Division Aviation Co. and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and seven awards of the Air Medal. While serving as an aircraft commander of a Chinook helicopter in Vietnam, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross awarded for heroism in combat.

After he retired from the Army, he went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration and worked at the Lewis B. Wilson airport in Macon for almost 20 years.

He was a loving and devoted husband and father, his family said, and a dear friend to all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Patricia George McEver; two daughters, Lisa Marie McEver and Laura Jean McEver; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Virgle W. McEver; his brother, Dr. Virgle W. McEver II; and his sister, Versa M. Shepherd.

Survivors include daughters, Dr. Lynn Hunnicutt of Sugar Hill, Jane Baker and husband David A. of Buford, Janice Chupka and husband Dr. Paul of Virginia Beach, Va., and Judy Davis and husband Bill of Kennesaw; two sisters, Vivian Key of Gainesville, Ga., and Amy McEver of Warner Robins, Ga.; and seven grandchildren, Brian Hunnicutt, Patrick Baker, Eric Baker, Blake Chupka, Jacob Chupka, Makayla Chupka and Patrick Davis.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home Chapel in Marietta. Interment will follow in Marietta National Cemetery with full military honors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, 1925 Century Blvd., Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345.

Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Please sign the online guest book at www.moultrieobserver.com.

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