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Walter Lee "Shotgun" Crimes

August 30, 1922 ~ January 6, 2021 (age 98)


Walter Lee Crimes was called home to be with the Lord on January 6, 2021 after a long, fruitful life.  He was born to Emmitt Crimes and Hattie Burgess on August 30, 1922 in Midway, Alabama.  He attended school in Midway and was a member of First Baptist Church there where he was baptized.

In his early life, Walter drove a truck for a grocery store in Midway delivering groceries to customers.   He later worked for various railroad companies.  He worked for Georgia Central, New York Central, B & O Railway, and Conrail.  He retired from Conrail after 31 years. 

Later in life, Walter came to Hamilton, Ohio where he met and married Ethel Williams.  To that union was born a son, Edgar.  Walter also has a daughter, Freda. 

Walter was lovingly called “Shotgun” or “Shot” for short by everyone who knew him.  “Goin’ down slow” was his favorite response to everyone who asked him how he was doing.  He was adored by the community, and was presented with a community award for being an outstanding citizen.  He was always willing to lend a hand or even money to anyone who needed help.  On a daily basis, a number of people could be seen on his front porch visiting and gaining wisdom from him.  He was truly loved by everyone! 

Shotgun leaves to cherish his memory his son, Edgar (Peggy) Crimes; daughter, Freda (Leonard) Ross; very special cousins, Hattie Harris and Mary Moore; and other relatives and friends. 

Visitation is from 11:00 am until 12 noon, on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at the St. Paul Miracle Center, 630 Front Street, Hamilton  (45011). The Funeral Service will be private for family only. A Public Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Everyone attending must wear a mask and practice social distancing.

 Interment at Greenwood Cemetery,  1602 Greenwood, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.

In keeping with the Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions masks are required in order to enter  the service and social distancing must be practiced.  Please be prepared to comply for the safety of all.

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Walker Funeral Home is honored to serve the  Crimes family.  Please call (513) 251-6200 or visit for additional information.


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 Service Program


January 20, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
St. Paul Miracle Center
630 Front Street
Hamilton, OH 45011


Greenwood Cemetery
1602 Greenwood Avenue
Hamilton, OH 45011

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