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Issue 11: July 2020


Remembering Professor Bill Walton

William Walton, 85, died April 17, 2020, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He had retired from teaching in December after 40 years. There is so much that can be said about Mr. Walton, and his students will share their thoughts below.

William Walton was born and reared in rural Illinois. He started farming in 1955. He also served in the Army in 1955 for two years (20 months in Japan) and another year as an active reservist. After being released from the Army, Mr. Walton attended Lincoln Bible Institute from 1957-1961. He then transferred to St. Louis Christian College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with emphases in Christian Ministries and Education. He earned a Master of Divinity from Lincoln Christian Seminary (now Lincoln Christian University) and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University. He also completed all course requirements for a D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Mr. Walton began preaching in 1958. He held ministries in Illinois, Arizona, and Missouri. He even chose to hold a weekend ministry throughout his last 30 years at Central. In addition to preaching, Mr. Walton served as Chaplain at John Knox Village of the Ozarks, served on various boards for ministries, and volunteered as a chaplain for various hospitals and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The students at Central had a strong advocate in Mr. Walton. In the fall of 1981, he began serving as Dean of Students (later VP of Student Life) and maintained this role for 25 years. He also served as the Athletic Director many of those years and regularly cheered for Central’s teams, along with his wife, Shirley.

At Central, Mr. Walton trained preachers, mentored them, and helped them find ministries (during and after their time as a student). He encouraged students to supply preach so they could practice what they were learning. Additionally, he taught many Christian counselors through the years. Through those courses, Mr. Walton used real-world situations to prepare students for various counseling circumstances.

“He was an amazing storyteller, a man filled with peace, compassion and laughter and made a huge difference in my life.”



Bill & Shirley Walton were married for nearly 62 years of life and ministry partnership.

They were blessed to adopt two children, John and Judy, both of whom graduated from CCCB and continue their father’s legacy of preaching and counseling. Together, Bill & Shirley enjoyed having three grandsons, two granddaughters, and six great-grandchildren. Two of their grandsons are CCCB graduates Stephen (Class of ‘10) and Michael (Class of ‘12) Walton.

Family photo taken at Bill and Shirley’s 60th Wedding Anniversary Celebration in 2018. (Photo courtesy of Bethany Applegarth, Class of ‘15.)

“He would tell you the truth even if you didn’t want to hear it. He was humble and gentle, yet firm. He loved his wife and children and grandchildren and was so proud of all of them.”

“I took quite a few classes with him, but it was those chats in the hallway and a few visits to his office that meant the most. He was not only a great story teller, but he was a great listener, and he truly cared about his students.”

“Bill Walton loved Jesus, his family, his students, and CCCB sports. Some of my favorite memories with him are when he sat next to Reese at every Central sporting event, and his Intro to Psychology class that I called “Story Time With Papa Walton.” He lived such a unique and interesting life that you couldn’t help but want to hear more about it. Everyone that knew him knew that he cared for them deeply. The world lost, and heaven gained, a great man.”

“The thing that taught me the most was not Mr. Walton’s great preaching (and he was a great preacher), or his wonderful wisdom filled classes. It was the tenor of his life, as Mr. Reese would say. Mr. Walton lived the things he taught and preached. He was not perfect, but I saw a man who loved God and people deeply. I saw a man who was faithful and consistent to the end.”

“I loved seeing Mr. and Mrs. Walton at all our home games.”

“He and Shirley never missed a single home basketball game in my four years.”

The Walton Student Center opened in October 2011. The building is named after Bill and Shirley and is a great place for students and faculty to spend intentional time together.


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