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Services for Vincent Lenn "Duke" Walters, 51, of Ada are at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church in Ada. The Rev. David Gray will officiate. A Committal service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Memory Gardens Cemetery in McAlester. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Criswell Funeral Home in Ada.
Mr. Walters passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017, at an Oklahoma City hospital. He was born Jan. 26, 1966, in McAlester to Dan and Sharon Compelube Walters. He graduated from McAlester High School in 1984 and married Shannon Gragg June 4, 1988, in McAlester.
Vincent spent his first decade out of high school working as a machinist at Coburn Optical in Muskogee and later with National Oilwell in McAlester. He was also an instructor at Kiamichi Technology Center, training adult students how to be machinists.
Captain Vincent Walters graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Indian Police Academy, class number 88, June 14, 2001. He was hired as a BIA officer and was employed there for two years.
In 2004, Officer Walters played an integral role in building the current Lighthorse Police Department as it is today. Throughout his law enforcement career, Captain Walters obtained numerous achievements, including the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training basic instructor certification, law enforcement driver training instructor certification, federal law enforcement firearms training instructor certification, SCUBA diving instructor certification, drug recognition expert certification, and standard field sobriety test instructor certification.
Captain Walters held certifications as a Glock armorer and shotgun armorer, and in aquatic evidence recovery, supervisory leadership, advanced Glock armorer and rapid deployment search and rescue. He was also a recipient of the prestigious FBI-LEEDA Leadership Trilogy Award. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Ada.
Survivors include his wife, Shannon Walters of the home; his daughter, Taylor Walters of the home; his son, Evan Walters of the home; his parents, Sharon and Dan Walters of McAlester; a sister, Dana Watkins and her husband, John, of McAlester; a brother, Danny Walters and his wife, Christi, of Mustang; his nieces and nephews, Jennifer Watkins Gandee, Will Watkins and his wife, Jennifer, Garrett Walters, Wyatt Walters, Jill Patterson, Garrett and Kristen Patterson, Jama Gandee and Kylie and Hunter Patterson.
Bearers will be the Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police Honor Guard. Honorary bearers will be his fellow Lighthorse Police Officers, Garrett Patterson, Keith Teel, Gary Perkinson, Tony Crabtree, John Watkins and David Grantham.
Published on May 31, 2017
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