The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 19, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013


Elizabeth Hill Walker

Elizabeth Hill Walker, 98, died at Greystone Manor, Beaver, on Sunday, Sept. 15th, 2013. 

Mrs. Walker was born Elizabeth Palmer Hill on January 8th, 1915 in Richmond, Va., the eldest of three children of William Palmer Hill and Katharine McClanahan Ingles.

Liz was a graduate of Collegiate School and Hollins College.

In 1938, she married Alfred Jones Walker who was employed as a mining engineer at Slab Fork Coal Company and subsequently as General Manager there.

They had five children: Katharine Ingles (1940), William Buchanan (1942), Alfred Jones Jr., (1944), George Palmer (1946) and Palmer Hill (1949). 

William and George died in infancy and Palmer died in 2009.

Liz is survived by her children, Kitty and Al, her grandchildren, John Baxter James Jr., Donaldson Earwood James, Mary Ingles Walker Sievers, Alfred Jones Walker III and Katherine Caskie Walker. Liz also has 10 great grandchildren.

An active member of the Beckley Presbyterian Church, she taught Sunday School, served as President of the Women of the Church and was the first woman to be elected as an Elder at Beckley Presbyterian. 

Liz loved flowers and gardening and was a member of the Highland Garden Clubs here in Beckley. She belonged to the Black Knight Country Club. Always active socially, Liz had a circle of close friends and wide acquaintance in the community. In her later years, she enjoyed the companionship of John Welles, also late of Beckley. 

The Funeral will be held on Friday, Sept. 20th at noon at the Beckley Presbyterian Church, 203 S. Kanawha St., Beckley. Rev. John McKinnon will be officiating. The family will greet friends during the hour before the service. There will be refreshments after the service in the Friendship Hall of the Church. The burial will be private.  

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Beckley Presbyterian Church, 203 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801 or to Hospice of Southern WV Inc., PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802  

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

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