William C. Walton entered into his eternal rest on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at Johnson-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia after a lengthy illness. William was born on October 24, 1921 in Powhatan, Virginia to the late Carl and Estelle Walton. He was converted and baptized at Hollywood Baptist Church at an early age, where his membership remained. He attended school in the Powhatan County School System.

     William was a strong, independent entrepreneur and had God’s favor throughout his life. He was employed by Curtis C. Wright manufacturer in New Jersey and a part-time school bus driver for Powhatan School System until he started his own gas station business in Powhatan County in 1958. He left his home front store located on Bell Road formally known as Walton’s Service Station and Grocery, and later he opened a Taster-Freeze and was successful until it burned. In 1974, he rebuilt a fast food restaurant that seated 32 customers formally called Walton’s Drive Inn. Walton’s Drive Inn was widely known for his wife’s potato salad, sweet potato pie and plate dinners mainly everyone bragged on the famous “Walton’s Big Burger.” He ran the gas station for many years until his retirement in 1983. Additionally, William was an established and dedicated entrepreneur who owned his own tractor-trailer that he leased out to other businessmen to carry lumber from state-to-state. He decided to keep Walton’s Drive Inn up and running until it burned in December 2002.

     On January 10, 1964, he married the former Shirley Morris of Louisa, Virginia. They were blessed with five children; Angela Walton Fleming of Richmond, Virginia, J. Barry Walton of Matoaca, Virginia, Natasha Walton Upshaw of Chesterfield, Virginia, Monica Walton of Powhatan, Virginia, Dana Walton of Chesterfield, Virginia and three children from a previous marriage; Anne Nicholson of Maryland, Richard Walton of Richmond, Virginia and William C. Walton Jr., of New Jersey.

     William was a loving and very giving husband, father, brother, and son. He loved his family dearly and he made an impression on every life he touched. As his son, Barry fondly remembers, “Daddy taught me how to pray, I remember him being a strong and powerful man. He would get on his knees every night and pray.” As his daughters Monica and Natasha readily recall, “He taught us work ethics, independence and how to take care of ourselves.” He was loved by everyone but God loved him best.

     William leaves to cherish fond memories: his wife, Shirley; his eight children, Angela, Barry (Debbie), Natasha (Moses), Monica (fiancé Dewight), Dana, Anne, Richard and William Jr.; twenty grandchildren, Ebony, Natalie and Adrian Fleming; Brandon, Deanna, Ashley, Danielle, Jordan Walton; Desmond and Breanna Delaney; Alexandria Upshaw born on May 2, 2004, Monica Burkett; Dorina, Shanda, Dominic, Michael and William Walton III; Melanie Townsend, Jamal, Nicole and the late Fred Nicholson; one well adored great-grandchild, Anaya Fleming-Jones; one brother, Carl Walton; six sisters, Alberta Harris, Amy Taylor, Fannie Brown Thelma Hobson, Christine Johnson, Ruth Brown; two brothers-in-law, Richard Harris and Freddie Taylor; and four sisters preceded him in death, Ellen, Lillian, Cora Mae and Blanche and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends; four devoted friends, Roger Hobson, Lee Brown, Velon Bell, and William Harris and one devoted niece Shirley Potts and a good friend David Fisher.


Do not grieve for me now, because I am Free
Capture the happy times and hold the memories of me,
I left for you a legacy of hope, joy, prayers and spirituality;
I could not take another day of life’s pains and sorrows that came my way.
Jesus called my name and I replied, I am here “My Father” and ready to die,
I will miss you all, but I had to let go
See you all at heaven’s open door
Where we all will rejoice and suffer no more.

Written by the Family
Wife &
Angela, Barry, Natasha, Monica and Dana

Reprinted by Permission