Chuck Walker died July 11 in Jackson Hole. His family provided the following.
Chuck Walker was a beloved son, husband, father and grandfather. Born Aug. 18, 1957, in Paducah, Kentucky, to Jesse Richard “Dick” and Jane Walker, he graduated from Reidland High School in 1975 and attended the University of Mississippi. On move-in day at Ole Miss, Chuck was introduced to Lissa Frankenbach, of Nashville, Tennessee. Lissa became the love of his life. Chuck received his Bachelor of Accountancy degree in 1979. He accepted a job with KPMG in Houston and on the same day proposed to Lissa, living the next 40 years under his motto, “One job; one wife.”
In 1986, Chuck and Lissa moved to Nashville to be closer to home and for Chuck to continue his tax career in the areas of real estate and partnerships. In 1989 he was admitted to the KPMG Partnership, in which he held a variety of leadership positions, including Southeast Tax Area managing partner, national asset management leader and leader of KPMG’s Global Tax Asset Management team. Chuck prided himself on growing the next generation of talent. He embodied the definition of “servant leader” and was a mentor to literally thousands, with a sphere of influence that extended well beyond his own team, office and borders. He retired from KPMG in September 2019.
Chuck loved spending time with his two sons and daughters-in-law, Reed (Courtney) and Grant (Sarah), most often fishing together on the Snake River, hiking along a trail in the Tetons or enjoying a family meal in Jackson Hole. Chuck also relished his new role as “Big Daddy” to granddaughters Daphne and Sylvia, who could be found fishing with him in a nearby stream, enjoying the wonder of ever-present wildlife or just reading a bedtime story. They were his joy.
But Chuck most often thrived when paired with Lissa; they worked in perfect tandem for over 44 years. They were destined to be together, having never dated others after that fateful introduction at Ole Miss.
Chuck was our beacon, who showed us how to live life to the fullest. No words of judgment ever passed his lips. He was our mentor for all personal or professional counsel and our organizer of all things social. He was always positive. People gravitated to his infectious personality. He was kind to everyone, irrespective of their station in life. In our minds he will forever be comfortably resting in the back seat of the boat, ceding the best water to his partner in the front, holding a fly rod (streamers only), wearing that tattered straw hat, flashing that huge smile and wondering aloud, “Isn’t this great?” He was always happy.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic protocols, Chuck’s life will be celebrated via private services in Jackson Hole and Nashville sometime this fall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be posted at RememberingChuck.com and that donations be made in Chuck’s name to either the University of Mississippi Foundation (UMFoundation.com/cwalker) or a charity of your choice.