As a child, Larry Walker III knew some of the most powerful people in the state, including his dad.
Walker, founder and owner of Walker Insurance in Perry, is the son of longtime state representative Larry Walker, now retired. He said he has no plans to follow his dad into politics but added, You never know.
Walker does a significant amount of volunteer work in the community and will continue to do so in 2014. He said his greatest passion is his work with the Perry Rotary Club. He is past president and started an annual bass tournament that is now the clubs biggest fundraiser.
Perry Mayor Jimmy Faircloth has known Walker since shortly after Faircloth moved to Perry in 1988. Faircloth serves in Rotary with Walker and teaches a Sunday School class once of month that Walker attends at Perry United Methodist Church.
Larry is a very dedicated husband and astute businessman, Faircloth said. He is very dedicated to the community. I am impressed with his thoughtful approach to just about any situation.
After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in finance, Walker worked in risk management for Coca-Cola. That led to an interest in the insurance business. He bought Perrys train depot and opened his business there 17 years ago.
I feel like the community has been good to me and my family, and I try to give back, he said.
Walker serves on the board for the Museum of Aviation and The Westfield School, where he graduated high school. He also chaired the Perry Downtown Development Authority and serves on the Houston County Development Authority board.
Walker married his high school sweetheart, Adrienne Horne, and they have three sons, Ben, Cody and Wade.
-- Wayne Crenshaw
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Joe Molyson, 66, Bonaire, retired colonel and assistant director of operations for intelligence, Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base; also retired Houston County High School astronomy teacher