Bradley Lyndon "Brad" Walker, 42, of Bedford, Ind., died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003.
He was born on May 19, 1961, in Brazil to Helen Tallman Walker, surviving, of Loogootee, Ind., and the late Chester Walker.
He graduated from McKinley High School in Danville, Ill., in 1984. He spent most of his life in the Danville area, but also lived briefly in Tennessee before moving to Bedford in 1999.
In Bedford, he attended the Lawrence County ARO, a sheltered workshop and had recently enrolled in a Vocational Rehabilitation program in which he was hoping to secure community employment. He was currently participating in a literacy class (SOAR) to learn to read.
He was a devoted Elvis fan and visited Graceland in 1995. He enjoyed gospel and country music and met several music stars including George Jones and Aaron Tippin.
His hobbies included fishing, watching NASCAR racing and wrestling and painting. He was a Special Olympics athlete who won numerous medals for his participation in basketball, softball, bowling, and track and field.
He also had a unique "circle of support" composed of individuals who had entered his life by various routes: LARC/Stonebelt staff, Options for Better Living residential staff, Hauck House staff and tenants, a case manager from Unity/Spectrum and an extensive church family at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church. Over the past year, with their support, he finally was able to live in his own community home.
He was recently instrumental in summoning an emergency response team for a tenant in his building during a medical crisis. The Bedford Housing Authority honored him with the "Tenant of the Month Award" in October.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Vera Montgomery, and a nephew, Sedley Montgomery II.
Survivors include three sisters, Gloria Steen and husband Bob of Bon Aqua, Tenn., Carole Inman and husband Joe of Bedford and Barbara Marrow and husband Mike of Danville; several nieces and nephews, Eric Inman of Lafayette, Ind., Josh Inman of Indianapolis, Carrie Monroe of Bedford, Kimberlee Norwood of Dyess AFB, Texas, Bobby Steen of Kingston Springs, Tenn., currently serving in the U.S. military in Baghdad, Iraq, Troy Steen and Angela Howell of Dickson, Tenn., and Cassie and Matthew Marrow of Danville.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church, Bedford, with the Rev. Gary Baker officiating. Following the service, family will be present for visitation until 5 p.m. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Poplar Cemetery in Brazil.