Ireidditt "Earl" Walker, who worked a full career in construction and the auto industry before opening his own business, died Thursday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. He was 77.
Born in Carrollton, Miss., Mr. Walker was an Army veteran of the Korean War. After the war, he lived in Joliet, Ill., then moved to Niagara Falls, where he worked for several construction companies as a member of Laborers Local 91. After moving to Buffalo, he worked for GM's Chevrolet Engine Plant in the Town of Tonawanda, retiring in 1985.
After retiring, he started his own business, Auto Von Earl Used Cars on East Delevan Avenue, which he ran for about 10 years before becoming disabled.
He was an active member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and served on the Usher Board and sang in the Male Chorus. He also was member of St. Luke's Lodge 34 F&AM and Club 55, a Chevrolet retirees organization.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, the former Shelley Ann Whitfield; two daughters, Latrice Hall and Regina; a son, Virgil; and two sisters, June Young and Ann Palmer.
A funeral will be held at noon Thursday in Mount Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delevan Ave., with a wake at 11.