Eldge Lee Walton was born on May 1, 1936, in Hampton, Arkansas to Helen Edwards and Louis Walton Sr., both of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his son, Carl Joseph Walton, 3 sisters, Eldridge, Joann and Virginia, 2 brothers Russell and Louis Jr.
Eldge moved to Chicago at an early age, continuing and completing his formal education, graduating from Hyde Park High School. Thereafter, he was called upon to serve his country in the US Army and Reserves. Upon returning from the military, he began a brief career with the US Postal Service where he met and later married Carolyn Smith-Shorts. He joined the Chicago Police Department in 1963 and retired as a Police Sergeant in 2000.
Eldge enjoyed music, boxing and bowling (his favorite pastime). He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and family. He involved the children in extra curricular activities, like bowling, martial arts, tennis and most important reading the Reader’s Digest “Word Power”. He loved all of his children, nieces and nephews included, but he was a firm disciplinarian. All of his children and most of his nieces and nephews called him “PaPa”, and they will tell you like the James Brown Song says that “PaPa Don’t Take No Mess.”
Eldge leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memories, his wife Carolyn Ann, his daughters and step-daughters, Diane, Loretta, Linda (Phillip), Ernestine, Donna and Karen. His grandchildren, Eboni, Malaktazadaq, Barakbanyahman, Makayla, Shacara, Sadè, Douglas Jr., Donnell Sr. (deceased), Victoria (Owen), JaTaun, Dr. Lana Taylor and Victor Jr. His great grandchildren, Donnell Jr., Ava, Alyssa, Audrey, Elijah, Dantrell Jr., and Kiri. His sisters Ruth, Leaster and Mae, his brother Larry (Barbara), and a host of brothers and sister in laws, nieces, nephews, and dear friends to numerous to name.