Dr. Joseph A. Walton Jr., 76, Johnson City, entered into rest Monday, September 12, 2011, at Appalachian Christian Village.
Dr. Walton was a native of Crescent City, FL, a former resident of Ann Arbor, MI, and had lived in Johnson City, TN, for the past several years.
He was a son of the late Joseph Albert Walton Sr. and Johnny Greene Walton and was also preceded in death by his son, Joseph A. Walton III; and one brother, Larry O. Walton.
He was a retired US Air Force captain and cardiologist.
Dr. Walton was a 1960 graduate of the University of Florida Medical School, a former professor at the University of Michigan and East Tennessee State University. He also taught cardiology in Beijing, China.
He was trained in angioplasty in Switzerland and was the first cardiologist to bring the procedure to Michigan.
Dr. Walton was a member of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, The Tennessee Medical Association, American Medical Association, Order of Free and Accepted Masons, Medical Missions, Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan and a Fellow with the American College of Cardiology.
He loved fishing, boating and entertaining his grandchildren. Dr. Walton enjoyed light classical, Broadway and gospel music and his passion in life was healing and caring for people.
Dr. Walton leaves his wife, Doris A. Walton; one daughter, Sonja Walton Hadad and her husband, Gary, Johnson City; grandchildren, Anabel Hadad and Jonathan Hadad, both of Johnson City, Maggie Walton, Greenville, NC, and Joseph A Walton IV, Raleigh, NC; brother, Dr. John Walton, Greer, SC; sisters, Juanita Walton Bacon, Crescent City, FL, Wilhelmina Walton, Jacksonville, FL, Mary Jo Walton Flowers, Palatka, FL., Rebecca Walton Nordquist, Crescent City, FL, and Elaine Walton Kavouklis, Thomasville, GA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service for Dr. Joseph A. Walton Jr. will be conducted at 12:00 PM, Saturday, September 17, 2011, in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services with Reverend Michael Lester officiating.
The family will greet guests on Saturday from 11:00 AM till the service hour in the funeral home chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions are made to the American College of Cardiology, 2400 N. Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037; or to the local Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be shared through www.TetrickFuneralHome.com.
Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423) 610-7171 is serving the Walton family.