Floyd E. “Gene” Walton, 86 of Austin, Texas (formerly of San Augustine, Texas), born January 15, 1931, passed away on October 13, 2017 following an 18-year stalemate with “terminal” lung cancer and chronic emphysema. Graveside services with military honors and interment will be held at Bold Springs Cemetery, 8815 FM 350 N, Livingston, TX 77351, on November 4th at 2:00 PM, officiated by Bro. Harold Isaacs.

Gene was preceded in death by his loving wife of 26 years, Doris “Dot” Blackerby Walton of San Augustine, Texas; his parents, Chester C. and Mattie B. (Reynolds) Walton of Dennard, Arkansas; and 8 of 9 siblings - Clarence, Ray, Eula, Evelyn, Macie, Lelon, June, and Waylend.

Survivors include brother, Loyd B. (Jane) Walton of Tomball, Texas; daughters Patricia (Robert) Hernandez of Beaumont, Texas, Kelly (Ernest) Welker of San Antonio, Texas, and Shannon Walton (Brian Buras) of Austin, Texas; sons G. Marcus (Yukiko) Walton of Japan, and David Walton of Angleton, Texas; grandchildren Seth Walton, Lauren (Jack) Hartnett, Emilie Welker, Eric Walton, Kristine Walton, and Samson Buras; great-grandson, Oliver Gene Walton; and numerous other extended family members.

SFC F. E. Walton was a proud military retiree and Vietnam Vet, with membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans of America, and a career of service in Germany, North Africa, and waterways around the world. He loved to reminisce about serving in 3 different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces (Navy, Air Force, and Army) and to tell the story of when he first heard the news of the end of World War II as a boy working in a fruit packing plant in California. Like his father and older brother before him, Gene was a skilled carpenter, handyman, mechanic, and farmer. But his first love was country & western music, for which he displayed exceptional talent as a self-taught vocalist, guitar player, and professional bandleader. Even as his fingers could no longer pick the strings in later years, Gene’s voice, compared to that of Ray Price, remained deep and expressive. He was delighted to learn recently that one of his band’s original recordings from 1956 on Gold Star/SugarHill, “Man What a Party” by Walton and the Silver Lake Boys, had gone on to new life on the Rockabilly Hall of Fame Legends list, compilation albums, and modern streaming music services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas, 3710 Cedar Street, Suite 229, Austin, TX 78705.

Special thanks to the wonderful staff and caregivers of The Conservatory at Wells Branch, Lou’s House, and Encompass Hospice for the unfailing kindness and compassion you’ve shown our dad over the past 4 years.

Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at www.cochranfh.com.