Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 18, 2013

Weekend accident claims life of Rusk city employee

Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress

RUSK — A vehicle roll-over outside Rusk Saturday took the life of well-liked local water department employee William Glen Wallace.

“It's a big loss,” said Rusk City Manager Mike Murray. “He is going to be greatly missed as a friend and coworker.”

According to Tyler District Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark, the district's public information officer, a 2001 Toyota Tacoma driven by Walker, 48, was traveling west along FM 343 approximately six miles east of Rusk about 9 p.m. Saturday when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled over.

Walker, who was traveling alone, was ejected from the vehicle. He was not wearing a safety belt, she said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Philip Grimes at 10:10 p.m., Trooper Dark said.

According to Murray, Walker had worked for the Rusk Water Department at different periods over the years, with his most recent position as a heavy equipment operator of seven years.

“That title doesn't do him justice,” he said. “He was really, really good at his job – he could do almost anything; he was capable of running any machinery, fixing anything we had. He could fix almost any problem.”

Murray said City Hall would most likely be closed Thursday, the day of Walker's funeral, in tribute to a beloved employee.

According to an obituary filed by Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home of Rusk, Walker – a former dairy farmer – was a lifelong resident of Rusk and a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife Holly, three children and three grandchildren, along with his mother, a brother, two sisters and their families.