Friday, November 13, 2015

52 Ancestors – Walter Thomas McEver (week 46 – 2015)

Walter Thomas McEver
The photo of the sailor to the right is another find from my father’s house last week so I thought it appropriate to blog about him this week.

Walter Thomas McEver, son of Brice McEver and Eleanor Estelle Burnette, was born November 26, 1928 in Greensboro, Greene County, Georgia. He was the first born child of nine—Walter Thomas McEver, Lena Mae McEver, Nancy Elizabeth McEver, Mildred McEver, Roy Lee McEver, Raymond Arthur McEver, Dillard Oscar McEver, Sara Anne McEver, and Jean McEver.

On May 10, 1930, one year old Walter and his family lived in Oakland, Greene County, Georgia. His mother was 19 years old so that meant she was 18 when she had Walter. His father, age 32, was a laborer in a mill. Walter’s uncle Frank McEver and aunt Lula McEver (sister to Frank and Brice) lived next door.

On April 30, 1940, Walter and his family lived in Penfield, Greene County, Georgia. His father was a laborer in a school building. On October 20, 1948 just before his 20th birthday, Walter enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Walter’s brother Dillard died in Henry County, Georgia on September 24, 1951. He was buried at Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in McDonough, Henry County, Georgia.

After eight years of service, Walter was released from the U.S. Navy on November 16, 1956.

Walter’s mother Eleanor died in Fulton County, Georgia on April 25, 1963. His father died in McDonough on May 8, 1976. Both were buried at Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in McDonough.

Walter died on January 4, 1988 of emphysema at the age of 59 in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia. He lived in Henry County at the time of his death. Walter was buried in the family plot at Salem Baptist Church Cemetery. He never married.

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