William Harley Walls, age 82, of Cumming passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at his residence following a sudden illness. Born Feb. 20, 1934 to the late C. C. and Effie Walls, he was a lifelong resident of Forsyth County. Mr. Walls was a retired diesel mechanic who co-owned Walls Garage which one of the oldest family owned businesses in Forsyth County, established in 1922 and still in operation. After his retirement he remained involved with diesel and engine repair and enjoyed gardening. Harley was a U.S. Army veteran and was a member of Concord Baptist Church where he enjoyed his Sunday School Class. He is preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Dorothy Walls; a son, John Walls; and brothers, Glyndon Walls, Luke Walls, and Edmond "Doodle" Walls. Surviving are his children, Carol and Tim Whitmire of Dawsonville, James "Jimmy" Walls of Cumming, Neil and Lauren Walls of Smoke Rise; grandchildren, Charley Ann Whitmire of Cumming, Zachary Walls, Zoey Walls, Zane Walls all of Smoke Rise; brothers and sisters-in-law, Grady and Evelyn Walls of Gainesville, Rupert Walls, Charles and Janice Walls of all Cumming; sisters and brother-in-law, Evelyn Pylant of Marietta, Pat and Norman Miller of Cumming; sisters-in-law, Betty Walls of Cumming, Joann Martin of Cumming; special friend and neighbor, Susie Cook; and several special nieces, nephews and friends. Services were held Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. in Concord Baptist Church. Dr. Scott Gilbert and the Rev. Rubin Smith officiated. Interment followed in Sawnee View Gardens. Bearden Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com. Sign our online guestbook at forsythnews.com.
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