The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 27, 2014

Joe Walls

EAST CONEMAUGH — WALLS – Joe, 98, East Conemaugh, passed away March 25, 2014, at LaurelWood Care Center. Born May 15, 1915, in Louisville, Ala., son of the late Albert and Nora (Gray) Baxter-Walls. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Lue (Hamilton) Walls; sisters, Leona, Lucinda, Viola, Bertha, Xtra and Mary Alice; and brothers, Fredrick, Douglas, Bennett and Lonnie. Survived by loving daughter, Annie J., wife of Ollie M. Busbee, Indianapolis, Ind.; grandson, Eric Michael Busbee, Indianapolis, Ind.; great-grandson, Christopher M. Busbee, Indianapolis, Ind.; great-great-granddaughter, Taylor Drake, California; godchildren, Roselyn McDonald and Brian Davis Jr., both of California; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews; and many friends. Joe was a World War II Army veteran. He retired after 25 years of service at Bethlehem Steel. Member of Mount Sinai Institutional Baptist Church, East Conemaugh, where he was Emeritus deacon. He also was a member of the former Sterling Echoes Quartett. Joe enjoyed watching baseball downtown, but especially loved singing and the Lord. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon Monday at Mount Sinai Institutional Baptist Church, the Rev. Julius C. Porcher, officiating. Interment, Grandview Cemetery, with military rites conducted by Menoher Post 155 VFW Ritual Team. The family suggests contributions be directed to Mount Sinai Institutional Baptist Church, 351 Second St., Conemaugh, Pa. 15909, in memory of Joe. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, 229-231 First St., Conemaugh. Online condolences may be posted to

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