Services for Vincent Lenn "Duke" Walters, 51, of Ada are at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church. The Rev. David Gray will officiate. A committal service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Memory Gardens Cemetery in McAlester.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Criswell Funeral Home.
Mr. Walters passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017, at an Oklahoma City hospital. He was born Jan. 26, 1966, at McAlester to Dan and Sharon Compelube Walters. He graduated from McAlester High School in 1984. He married Shannon Gragg on June 4, 1988, in McAlester.
He spent his first decade out of high school working at the Kiamichi Technology Center, training adult students how to be machinists. During his off time, he volunteered as a reserve deputy with the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office. That is where he got his glimpse into law enforcement. He began the lengthy application process to work as a patrol officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Two years later in 2001, he was hired as a BIA officer by Jason O'Neal, who now served as chief of the Lighthorse Police Department. As a BIA officer, Walters completed his training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico.
Upon completion of the 16-week school, he was stationed in Ada and gained experience in investigations and other areas of the job. When the Lighthorse team was assembled by O'Neal in 2004, Walters was one of the first officers hired.
"Captain Walters' education, training and experience in Indian County law enforcement make him an invaluable member of our team," O'Neal said.
Capt. Walters assisted O'Neal in putting together the rest of the department. He now could be described as the backbone of LPD.
Mr. Walters was a police captain for Lighthorse Police, where he served as a dive instructor, driving instructor, shooting instructor and a drug recognition expert. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Ada.
Away from the office, Walters enjoyed hunting, fishing and practicing shooting. He was known for his sense of humor, something he tried to maintain during even the most stressful periods of a challenging job.
Survivors include his wife, Shannon Walters, of the home; daughter, Taylor Walters, of the home; son, Evan Walters, of the home; his parents, Sharon and Dan Walters of McAlester; a sister, Dana Watkins and husband, John, of McAlester; brother, Danny Walters and wife, Christi, of Mustang; his nieces and nephews, Jennifer Watkins Gandee, Will Watkins and wife, Jennifer, Garrett Walters, Wyatt Walters, Jill Patterson, Garrett and Kristen Patterson, Jama Gandee and Kylie and Hunter Patterson.
Bearers will be Garrett Patterson, Keith Teel, Gary Perkinson, Tony Crabtree, John Watkins and David Grantham.
Published on May 30, 2017