A photo of Billy Ray “Bill” Walden

Billy Ray “Bill” Walden

March 10, 1944 - May 9, 2022

Billy Ray “Bill” Walden, age 78, of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 9, 2022.

Born in Murphy, NC, on March 10, 1944, he was a son of the late Budge and Rena B. (Connely) Walden. Bill graduated from North Edgecomb High School in Tarboro, NC, and Goldey-Beacom College where he received an associate’s degree in business. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War as a cryptographer. Bill was employed as a chemical operator for Georgia Gulf Corp. & Kaneka Delaware Corp., retiring in 2005, after many years of dedicated service.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, crabbing, flower gardening and bird watching. He also enjoyed cooking.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Linda (Shupe) Walden; and children, Dawn Marie Walden, Laurie Rae Walden, and William R. Walden, Sr. He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Jessica L. Walden; brother, Stanley E. Walden; and grandchildren, William R. Walden, Jr., Dawn Marie Walden, Jacklynn Rae Walden, and Abigail Elizabeth-Joy Walden; and nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North Dupont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38102 or by clicking here.

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  • My cousin Billy lived with my family in NC after he got out of the Navy. He was a second father to my brother and me, and we have fond memories of him taking us to movies, helping with school projects, and coaching in sports. He also loved fishing and hunting with my dad. RIP Cousin.