Harold Edward Walley, 95, of Gulfport Mississippi, passed away on Wednesday March 23rd at the home of Robbie Carter. Robbie is a long-time friend of Harold and of the Walley family. Harold was a husband, son, brother, and a friend to many.
Harold had an amazing life. He Attended welding school at age fifteen, landing a job at Ingalls Shipbuilding at age sixteen, and enlisting in the US Navy at seventeen. Harold served on the USS Pokomoke AV9 for the remainder of World War II. This was only the beginning of Harold's military career. Harold enlisted in the US Marine Corps and joined the US Air Force, from which he later retired. He subsequently worked at AFCO Steele from which he also retired.
Harold had many interests. He was an avid gardener, a Masonic lodge member, and was capable of taking on a wide variety of building projects. He also hosted at various US park service campgrounds, owned a variety of RV vehicles, and traveled widely within the US and Canada.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane; daughter, Barbara Ann; parents, Theodore Roosevelt Walley Sr. and Lottie Hinton; two brothers, Paul Walley and Theodore Roosevelt (Junie) Walley Jr.; and a sister, Sylvia Mills.
Harold is survived by his daughter, Mary (Kenneth) Shelton; sons, Harold Jr (Barbara), Jesse, and Douglas Walley; sisters, Jane (Wilfred) Geiger, Shelby (John) Williams, and Elizabeth (Ronnie) Maxie; grandchildren, Jenee Schroeder, Marlena Walley, Keith Shelton, Kelli Ash, Shan McAdams, Jay Walley and Gabriel Walley; great-grandchildren, Jay and Leneia Schroeder, Kennedi and Reagan Shelton, and Charlie and Aiden Ash.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2022 at Faith Baptist Church. Friends may visit from 12:00 p.m. until service time. Burial will take place at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Memorial Park, N. Little Rock, AR. Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport, is honored to serve the Walley family.