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Memorial services for Hugh Walker, Jr. will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 9, 2008, at Temple and Sons Funeral Home, 2801 N. Kelly Ave., Oklahoma City, OK. Hugh was born in Purcell, OK on November 22, 1942 to Hugh and Mae Ella Hill Walker and died on Tuesday, January 15, 2007, at Sweetbriar Nursing Center. He grew up and attended schools in Oklahoma City where he discovered his musical talent. He started with the French horn and later discovered his favorite, the drums. Years later, he stated, 'I love those drums like Michelangelo loved his marble.' After graduating from Douglass High School in 1960, Hugh left Oklahoma City to pursue his musical career. He played and recorded with many local, national, and international jazz greats. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his youngest brother, Glen. He is survived by his son, Hamza (Stephanie) of Chicago, IL; daughters, Rhonda Richardson of Baltimore, MD, Nyemah of North Hollywood, CA; their mother, Rosetta of Baltmore, MD; and grandchildren, Eva and Milo of Chicago, IL. He is also survived by brothers, Wilbur (Tomycine) of Oklahoma City, William (Helga) of San Antonio, TX; sisters, Huretta Dobbs and Joyce (William) Dunlap of Oklahoma City; special cousin, Don Miller of Spencer, OK; many nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins, and many friends. He loved and was loved by many.
Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 17, 2008
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