Groton - Fred Jerome Walker, 76, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. He was born in Logan County, W.Va., to the late Robert and Louise Walker. He married Martha Hairston and together they parented six children and fostered eight other children. He joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and was a certified welder and metalsmith. He retired with an honorable discharge after 20 years of service. Later he was hired by Groton Subbase and retired after 15 years as a metalsmith. He leaves to mourn his passing, wife, Martha; sons, Jerome (Eunice) Walker, Brandon (Gloria) Walker and Kelly (Sandra) Walker; daughters, Jo Ann Adderly, Roxana (David)Walker-Canton and Geraldine George; 14 grandchildren, one great-grandson; two brothers and three sisters. Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the Lester Gee Funeral Home, 108 Blinman St., New London. Homegoing celebration will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, at New Life Christian Fellowship, 1729 Center Groton Road, Ledyard. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to the American Diabetes Association.
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