Walker is 86 and still going strong

By: 
DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

Edward "Pops" Walker can be found walking all over West Point. He always has a smile and a kind word for everyone he meets.
"I turned 86 years old Tuesday," Walker said. "And I am full of joy. I live at the Henry Clay, have plenty of friends and love to cook for people."

Walker is beloved by small children who call him "Mr. Pops" or the "gold money man." He keeps a pocket full of Sacagawea dollar coins, that he gives to children.
"I go to Northside Christian Church," Walker said. "And a group of children who attend church know that I will give them two dollars for an A and one dollar for a B, on their report card. If they make a C, they are out of luck."

Walker was born and raised in West Point, was sent to San Antonio, Texas for basic training with the United States Air Force, then Shreveport, Louisiana, to be trained as a cook. He was stationed at the end of the Korean Conflict, in Thule, Greenland, when he was 21 years old. Walker said before he joined the Air Force, he had never been anywhere.
"I enjoyed going to all the different places while I was in the Air Force," Walker said. "I learned to cook. I still enjoy cooking for people. Greenland was cold. The days and nights were six months long. That took some getting used to. I arrived at the airport in April at 2 p.m., got settled in at the base and ate supper, and asked one of the guys when was it going to get dark. He told me, October."
He said it didn't get hot there, but there was a dry cold. It would get down to 20 degrees below zero.

Walker moved to Detroit, Michigan, after his time of service ended. He lived there for 40 years before coming home to retire in West Point.
"I left West Point at 24 and came back at 64." Walker said. "I've been a resident of the Henry Clay for 13 years. I cannot complain. I've had a great life. I walk all over town and talk with people. I've never met a stranger. I have nothing but joy in my heart."

Walker has a sister who is still living. She is the only member of the family that he grew up with that is still alive.
He would love to get together with the men he served with. There were 62 in his squadron. It would give him a lot of pleasure to reconnect with the ones who are still living, and talk about old times.
"I love West Point and I'm very happy to be here," Walker said. "Anywhere I want to go, I can walk. Everything I need is right here, downtown."
Walker said the next time he moves, it will be to his mansion in glory, to live forever with Jesus and all of his family.

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