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Roland Joseph Walker

Roland Joseph Walker passed away July 21, 2022. A service was held Aug. 16 at West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.
Roland was born Sept. 26, 1961, in Lafayette, La. He was the older of a set of twins. His parents, Beatrice and A.D. Erving, relocated to Monticello from Flagstaff, Ariz., in 1966.
Roland accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, where he was baptized.
He attended the Sophia Sutton Head Start Program, McCullough Jr. High School, Monticello High School, The Mississippi Job Corps, and Copiah-Lincoln Jr. College, where he graduated with an associate degree.
Being a true patriot, Roland, joined the U.S. Army, where he served for several years and was honorably discharged.
Roland was an avid sports fan. His favorite teams included the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, and the Memphis Grizzlies. He also enjoyed tennis and closely followed the careers of Venus and Serena Williams.
In the early 2000s, Roland moved to Memphis, Tenn., and decided to make it his home. He resided there until his untimely death.
Roland was preceded in death by his mother and father, Beatrice and A.D. Erving; twin brother, Nolan; youngest brother, David; infant brother, Vincent; and maternal grandparents, Mary and Martin Walker.
He leaves to cherish his memory: siblings, Janelle Walker, Kathy Haynes (Ricky), Gregory Erving (Sheila); sister-in-law, Clarice; nephews, Roderick, Rishawn, Rishad, Gredarius, and Gregory II; nieces, Saderia and Adreanna; best friend and devoted caregiver, Patricia Reynolds; and a host of cousins, extended family, and friends.