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James “Ed” Walls, Sergeant Major United States Marine Corps Retired, 87, of Beaufort, died Friday, April 21, 2017 at his home in Beaufort.

Mr. Walls was born January 02, 1930 in Crumpton, MD and was the son of the late Joshua and Emma Walls. He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian C. Walls and daughter, Virginia “Ginny” Spencer.

Mr. Walls is survived by three children, Edward (Karen) Walls of Bridgeville, DE; Beverly (Jimmy) Moran of Jacksonville, FL; and Julian (Amber) Walls of Hilton Head Island, SC; and 8 grandchildren.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 10 o’clock Friday morning, April 28, 2017, at Beaufort National Cemetery with United States Marine Corps honors. Semper Fi.

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  1. Ron Tucker says:

    Our very deepest condolences are extended to your entire family at this very sad time. I knew the SgtMaj well having served with him at 1stRTBn, PISC in the late 70s and then again when he was the RTR SgtMaj in the early 80s. Many may not know he was quite the practical joker. He and I were always up to something. He even put bought syrup in my salad once. Of course, on one of those rare occasions when he went out to PT at lunch, I turned his ribbons upside down on his shirt while he was out. You never knew when a special guest would pop in to his office. The Commandant paid him a visit once while in the area on a fishing trip. I knew him after his USMC days when he was at TCL. He made quite an impression on may as a young Warrant Officer at the time. A really nice man who loved his family. He’ll be missed. Sincerely, Ron and Rebecca Tucker

  2. Steve Henry says:

    I didn’t know Ed very well but In the last 4-5 years at TCL Ed would pop in to Facilities every now and again to use the computer to check local and world news. He would spend 15-20 min and then be gone. Every now and then we would strike up a conversation. The stories he would tell were always fantastic to listen to. He was always a pleasure to have around. I’m sure he will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to his family.

  3. charles ledford says:

    As a LCpl overseas in 1960 I first met Sgt WALLS as he was teaching a leadership class. He was, and always remained, a most immaculate Marine who wore the uniform well and with great pride. I strove to meet all his standards and it served me well for almost 30 years. I was a Sergeant Major at MCAS Beaufort in 1982 when I got a familiar summons “come here, boy”. He was the Depot Sergeant Major and informed me that the General wanted me at PI, so I was able to serve in my first and last commands with this great mentor. What a Marine! What a man! And so, with heavy heart I will say that I await that great parade ground in the sky, and hope to once again hear “come here boy” from my great friend, Ed Walls.

  4. Jason and Amy Covington says:

    Julian and Amber, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, as you grieve for your loss.

  5. Denise Caesar says:

    A good man. I used to keep chocolate for him in my office when I was in CE. Always enjoyed his company.

  6. Gena McCrackin says:

    I met Mr.Walls at the sheriff’s office. He always had a smile on his face.
    May he Rest In Peace.

  7. Mary Kay Donaldson says:

    Going to miss this “gruff” and “grumpy” ole guy on my route. He was always looking for Ms Lillian’s People magazine, that he was sure I kept and read before he got to. Quite a character! Who’s going to pretend to “run me down” as I come down his street now! or harass me at Lifefit, where he worked out so diligently, Couple laps few moves on the machines….hell with this! I can hear him in my head.
    Prayers for his family.

  8. Latesha Smith McComas says:

    When Mr. Ed retired from TCL, I missed seeing him every day but he would often stop in for a visit. He would always remind me to “get back to work” whether I was already at my desk or if he saw me in town. He was a character! He always spoke what was on his mind and always made me laugh. I am sure he and Mrs. Lillian and Ginny are causing quite a stir in Heaven!

  9. Richard Cray says:

    I just came across a picture of my graduation platoon from PI. I believe SSGT. J.E. Walls was my senior drill instructor. If this is the same person I want to say he was a hell of a man. I lost a most of my Marine Corps pictures and year book as well. I always thought of him as Strict but Fair. I know this is late from the dates above but I felt I needed to write this.
    Rest In Peace
    Semper Fi
    Richie Cray

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