Perry Ronald Walters was born on January 21, 1949, in Idabel, Oklahoma, to Hoyt and Helen Walters of Pickens. Perry was the oldest of 4 boys. Hoyt and Helen raised their boys to value hard work and to love the Lord. Those values were truly entrenched in Perry. He loved to work and work hard he did. He was happiest running a tractor, a dozer, or just about any piece of equipment. As a teenager, he would be seen on a tractor mowing someone’s pasture most evenings after school. Work was truly his passion. Perry was drafted into the Marines in February of 1968. He served overseas in Okinawa, Japan. Perry’s family was blessed that the Lord watched over Perry and returned him safely to his family. Perry and his brother, Randall, partnered to begin logging in 1971. Through long hours of hard work, the brothers built a successful logging operation. In 1987, Walters Bros. Chipping, Inc, began when the Walters brothers, along with Ray Queen, began the first in-field chipping operation under contract with Weyerhaeuser. The combined efforts of these two logging giants, The Walters and the Queens, led to each of them building their own chipping operations. Walters Bros. Chipping received many accolades for the hard work and demand for perfection set out by Perry. In June of 1994, Timber Harvesting magazine featured Perry and Randall on its magazine cover as the top in-woods chipping producer for Weyerhaeuser in Oklahoma. Also, Peterson Pacific, the company which built the large chipper used by Walters Bros, would often send prospective buyers to Oklahoma to observe the equipment in use on one of Perry’s operations. Perry’s hard-working attitude and desire for excellence in everything he did, was a perfect example to all the young men who worked for him through the years. Perry retired from logging and chipping in 2006. But, his desire to work continued with the building of Lakewood Estates Development in Hochatown. Perry used his own equipment to cut out and build the roads in the development with the intent to sell lots for cabin construction. The plan worked well and Perry even contracted to build and sell several cabins within the development. Perry’s last work years involved tractor work building sites and finish work for many cabin contractors. In 2014, Perry and Brenda, began another new adventure by starting a cabin management company. Perry’s insistence on perfection continues today within the employees of Lakewood Luxury Cabins.
Perry loved his family very much. He was a man of few words; but, he showed his love in so many other ways. Perry and Brenda shared 22 years together, 19 as best friends and 3 as married best friends. Perry would always tease saying he had to get to know Brenda first. Perry was saddened by the loss of his oldest son, Darby, at a young age. He was so very proud of the success of his son, Tyson, with his Pest Control business and rental properties in Durant. Perry doted on his “baby girl”, Kristen, whom he cherished. He also adored his grandchildren. His blue eyes would twinkle when he got to spend time with the grandkids. He would beam with pride in all their activities.
Perry’s favorite hobby truly was work. And, he also loved working in his yard. Most evenings in the summer you could find him strategically moving water sprinklers where needed while visiting with David Angel outside his shop. Perry loved to fish and spend time on the lake. He enjoyed taking his kids to the lake fishing and stopping on an island to go for a swim. Perry also loved Nascar. He and Brenda traveled to many Nascar races across the country. Of course, Perry always pulled for the Ford team! As Perry’s ALS disease progressed, he became unable to do most of the things he loved. But, he would still role into Abendigo’s most evenings where a spot was reserved for him to spend time with his many Hochatown friends.
Perry was preceded in death by his parents, Hoyt and Helen Walters; son, Darby Walters, mother-in-law, Frankie Reasoner Cochran and brother-in-law, Mark Reasoner.
Perry leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Brenda Reasoner Walters of the home; son, Tyson Walters and wife, Becky of Durant, OK; daughter, Kristen Cherry and husband, Justin of Idabel, OK; Misty Dunn and Ryan of Beggs, OK; Bradley Porton of Norman, OK; Robert Porton of Norman, OK; Russell Wilkins of Colorado; brothers, Randall Walters and wife, Jackie of Battiest, OK; Ricky Walters and wife Terri of Hochatown, OK; Van Walters of Pickens, OK; brother-in-law, Dwain Reasoner of Sterling, VA; sister-in-law, Trudy Reasoner of Ardmore, OK and Johnna Smith of Holly Creek, OK; grandchildren, Isabella Walters, Matthew Walters, Avanna Cherry, Audrey Cherry, Aven Porton and Isla Porton, Braden Wesley and Camryn Dunn; several nieces and nephews along with a host of relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 11,2019 at Hochatown Assembly of God Church, Hochatown, OK with Dr. Mike Napier, Bro. Melvin Baker and Bro. Tommy McDaniel officiating. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery, Bethel, OK.
The family offers sincere thanks to the staff of Kiamichi Family Medical in Battiest, and the wonderful nurses and aids from Encompass Health and Complete Home Service for their care and concern for Perry.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Pickens Free Holiness Church, Battiest Pickens Rd, Broken Bow, OK or the ALS Association of Oklahoma, P.O. Box 14482 Tulsa, OK 74159