He was secretary-treasurer of the Trustee Board of the Primitive Methodist Church in the U.S.A. and chairman of the denomination’s Primitive Methodist Investment Foundation. He served on the board of directors of Manor Bank acting as vice president and chairman of the board. He was a member of Bethel Park Lodge, No 761, F. & A. M., the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh, and Syria Temple. He served his community as president and treasurer of the Norwin Chamber of Commerce and for eleven years chaired the committee which organized the annual Norwin Community Picnic at Idlewild Park. He was a member of Westmoreland City Volunteer Fire Department, the Manor American Legion, and volunteered at the Manor Food Pantry. He dedicated his life to serving his church and his community.
Surviving are his wife of 26 years Audrey (Carr) Walton; his children Rev. Diane Wiley of Irwin, and Franklin J. Walton and his wife Callie Herzog of Brooklyn, NY; his grandchildren Jesse Walton and his wife Courtney Secor of Seattle, WA, Melissa Wiley of Pittsburgh, and Emma Walton and her husband Jesse Shapell of Brooklyn, NY; sisters in law Delores Dudley, Dolores Doshen, and Loretta Poteste; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the William Snyder Funeral Home, 521 Main Street, Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with his daughter Rev. Diane Wiley and Rev. Daniel Pastorius, officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a contribution can be made to Westmoreland City Primitive Methodist Church, P.O. Box 147, Westmoreland City, PA 15692. For online condolences please visit snyderfuneralservices.com.
Originally published September 24, 2018.