EHS Class of 1977 propose memorial marker for Walker

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Late mayor's graduating classmates want tribute at Nature Park

By Marty Finley

Classmates from Tim Walker’s graduating class remember him as a shy but lovable friend whose accomplishments are worthy of celebration.

Four members of Elizabethtown High School’s Class of 1977 want to share their endearment for the late mayor in the form of a memorial they have proposed for the Elizabethtown Nature Park. They asked for permission to place the memorial Monday from Elizabethtown City Council during its work session.

Mayor Edna Berger said the city will cast a vote Monday, pledging her support for the idea.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Berger said. “We all love Tim Walker.”

Walker died overnight at his home June 14 after suffering a heart attack.

Lynn Shagool, who presented the idea to the council, said they know the request comes quickly after his death and there is no desire on their part to reopen healing wounds. However, they feel the gesture would be fitting for Walker.

Shagool said the idea was floated around by members of the 1977 class to classmate David Coomer, who was supportive but expressed skepticism about how the rest of the class would react.

In no time, Shagool said, financial contributions started flowing into a memorial fund designated in Walker’s name. Instead of pooling the money into a donation for one of the charities Walker advocated, the friends decided to pursue something with more of a lasting impact.

Shagool said the classmates debated the location between the Elizabethtown Nature Park and the Elizabethtown Sports Park and ultimately decided on the scenic location off Ring Road.

Shagool said the city could choose the location inside the park but he would prefer somewhere not too “obscure or off the beaten path.” He suggested a spot near the pavilion or a site in between the pavilion and the Hardin County Veterans Tribute.

Shagool also voiced a desire to plant a tree in Walker’s honor.

Councilman Terry Shipp said the memorial is small enough that it would not intrude upon the park and would be suitable beneath signs or a weeping willow tree, for example. Likewise, he said it would be portable should there be a need to move it.

Shipp said the city’s support would not necessarily require the memorial to be an official city tribute but rather a loving gesture from friends.

Shagool and Coomer were joined at the meeting by Kathie Noel and Pam Cheeseman, and all four remembered Walker as a modest man whose unassuming nature caused shock from some who never expected him to climb to the heights of mayor.

Noel said she was one of Walker’s early sweethearts.

“He was a good boy,” she said.

The group expressed pride in being able to honor Walker’s memory.

“He was just a good friend,” Shagool said.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.