Walter Nannie grew up in Nashville often being called “Sonny” as a boy since he was a “Jr.” As a baby, his parents and Gloria’s parents were friends. Walter enjoyed telling about a Sunday lunch their parents enjoyed together. He described how they laid he and Gloria, who were babies, on a pallet in the floor while the adults ate. Then he would say, “and that was it!” Gloria and Walter enjoyed 62 years of marriage. Unbeknown to each other they were both baptized on the same day, April 15, 1945, Walter, at Hillsboro church of Christ during the morning service and Gloria, at the Lischey Avenue congregation during the evening service. They went to Lipscomb High school together. As young adults Walter’s division of the Air National Guard was activated during the Korean War. He and Gloria decided to get married at that time. This allowed them the opportunity to live near Memphis at Arlington Naval Base, then at Sheppards Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. From there they were transferred to Chanute Air Force Base in Champaign County, Illinois. After moving back to Nashville Walter worked for a short time in insurance and securities, but found his long time career with the State of Tennessee. Walter retired with 30+ years of service working his way up to Director of Hotel and Restaurant Inspection. His ability to solve problems, develop and implement excellent methods of quality assurance made an impact which led to his induction into the Tennessee Environmental Hall of Fame.
But even more importantly, Walter is praised by his children. They grew up with a father who was well respected, genteel, ethical, wise, and persistent. The family has enjoyed trips together, drive-in movies, Vanderbilt Sports, hunting, and a lifetime of other great memories.
Gloria has shared life with a man she loved dearly for 62.5 years of marriage. She described it this way, “I loved him dearly and I know he loved me. If he could have breathed for me, he would have.” We extend our sympathy to Gloria and Victoria who are members with us here at MJ, as well as to his sons, David and Philip. Walter passed away suddenly, but his life’s works will follow.”
Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them” (Revelation 14:13).