Friday, March 9, 2007

Albert F. "Cotton" Walden, 92, of Washburn, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2007, in his home.

He was born April 1, 1914, in Beaver, Ark., the son of James and Laura (Young) Walden. On May 29, 1934, he was united in marriage to Eva E. Paul, who preceded him in death on Nov. 12, 2002. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Bonnie Pendergraft; three brothers, Elvis, Abe and J.S.; three sisters, Opal, Thelma and Norma Lee; one grandson, and one great-grandson.

Survivors include: one daughter, Flonnie Henry and her husband, Bill, of Exeter; two brothers, Everette Harry "Johnsee" Walden, of Springdale, Ark., and Franklin D. Walden, of Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Mary Phillips, of Springfield, and Bettie Jo; six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

He received his education in Bush, Ark. He worked for Dunlap Produce for several years and was a carpenter in Kansas City. He worked on the construction of Beaver Dam and moved to Washburn in 1953. He did volunteer work for the City, became mayor and was responsible for getting the fire department started. In 2003, he was named "Washburn Man of the Year." He was a member of the Washburn Church of Christ.

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday) in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Randy Harris conducted the services. Burial was at Washburn Prairie Cemetery, Washburn.

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