Bobby Walker named honorary citizen of Pulaski

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

“It’s good to give because when you give and help others, things get better for everyone.” –Bobby Walker

Generosity is a defining characteristic of the Lewisburg-based Walker family, and Martin Methodist College (MMC) has been the recipient of their generous nature time and time again. In fact, Mr. Bobby Walker has served on the Martin Methodist Board of Trustees since 1993 and gives a substantial donation to the College on an annual basis. Over the years, the Walkers’ contributions have helped countless students attend college and funded facility enhancements on campus—changing lives and making MMC a better place.

“Mr. Walker’s gifts to Martin Methodist have helped hundreds of students in our region achieve their dream of graduating with a four-year degree, and we are extremely grateful to the entire Walker family for their years of dedication and service to the College,” said MMC President Mark La Branche.

Mr. Walker is, what many would say, a soft-spoken, behind-the-scenes patron who has dedicated his life to building the now massive company Walker Die Casting, simply to continue living out the life lesson he learned in Sunday school over 80 years ago: “Do something for somebody.”

In 1958, Mr. Walker stepped into the business world after serving in the military during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Walker Die Casting first began as a four-man operation in a hardware store basement on Lewisburg’s town square, and less than ten years later, he and his small crew moved to the Industrial Park, where the company now houses an 800,000 square foot building and offers employment to hundreds of people in the surrounding counties.

While Mr. Walker has since retired, his company is still booming as a family-owned business that produces high-quality aluminum die castings. The Walker family continues to operate the company around the key components on which it was founded: integrity and excellence, which today attests to the organization’s underlying strength and character.

“Mr. Walker is a generous, kind and humble man,” said Executive Vice President and COO Robby Shelton. “His kindness has helped so many Giles County residents either through education opportunities at Martin Methodist or as employees of Walker Die Casting. It has been a great honor getting to know Mr. Walker and his family through the years.”

“Mr. Walker is one of the most benevolent men I have ever known,” said Pulaski Mayor Pat Ford. “Generations of people in Giles County will continue to benefit from Mr. Walker through employment at Walker Die Casting and through education at Martin Methodist—all resulting in the economic growth of Pulaski. Therefore, it’s my honor and privilege to name Bobby Walker our newest resident.”

A man of faith, Mr. Walker is most deserving of this honor. His mission is, and always has been, to share God’s gifts with everyone around him. As he said, “If God blesses you, He wants you to use what you’ve been given to bless others.”

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Pulaski Mayor Pat Ford presents Bobby Walker with the proclamation naming him an honorary citizen for Pulaski in appreciation of his support and service to Martin Methodist College.