Born and raised at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale, the son of James W. and Mary (Shafer) Walker, he has worked in the family business all of his life and upon the death of his mother, runs the family business.
Graduated 1991 from Carbondale Community High School.
Attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Pierce Mortuary School in Jeffersonville, IN, studying Mortuary Science and Funeral Service.
Certified by C.A.N.A. to operate Walker Cremation Services, Inc.
Licensed by the State of Illinois as a cremator operator.
Leading Knight at the Elks Lodge #1243
Fraternal Order of Eagles, Carbondale