Mr. Elliott Delray Walker-Bey, 39, of Kissimmee, Florida departed this life on Wednesday, May 5, 2023. He was born on Thursday, November 3, 1983 in Cleveland, Ohio. Preceding him in passing were his grandparents, Silas and Leatha Little, Jean Jackson, and Jonah Walker, Jr.; and son, Terino Walker.
He leaves to cherish his memory his children, T’mya Walker and A’mya Walker of Paducah, Kentucky, Erica Walker, Astaria Walker, Dameeko Walker, and Lamier Walker all of Murfreesboro, and a baby Walker on the way (Brittany Glover); step-son, Javontay Morgan of Paducah, Kentucky; mother, Shelia Walker of Murfreesboro; father, Richard “Dickie” Little of Cleveland, Ohio; wife, Amanda J. Greenup-Walker of Paducah, Kentucky; sister, Tanisha (Bryant) Walker-Wilson of Murfreesboro; brother, James V. Smith, Jr. of Clayton, North Carolina; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
Throughout his life, Elliott remained a self-taught man. He had ambition and drive for his life and a thirst for knowledge, especially in history. He graduated from Cadet Leadership Education School in Jackson, Kentucky but previously attended public school. Going to Lone Oak High School in Paducah, Kentucky primarily served him by introducing him to his passion for sports. Elliott played baseball and football during school, but football was his main interest.
Elliott was a talented athlete and could play just about any position on the football field. As #44, he took the field as safety, defensive lineman, and tight end. Leaving school, he made sure not to get too far from the field. He coached the neighborhood kids in Peach Tree, Georgia, and when he wasn’t playing or coaching, he was watching. Staying true to his hometown, Elliott was a Cleveland Browns fan for the NFL. The University of North Carolina Tarheels also caught his attention, especially since they were his favorite color. If football wasn’t on, Elliott would sometimes turn the channel over to basketball to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Now, just because football was his passion doesn’t mean Elliott made it his career. By profession, Elliott was a commercial plumber, and his career began when he moved to Murfreesboro in 2013. Erica had just turned 2, and he wanted to focus on providing for his family. However, Elliott didn’t just want to provide financially. He wanted to provide for a future, and he became an entrepreneur, buying the machinery to make candles, soaps, oils, and candy. He got his children involved and taught them how to run a business.
If you asked the kids their favorite memory, “everything” would be the common answer. A true family man, Elliott took his role as a father seriously. He wanted his kids to be safe and taken care of no matter what the situation. His commitment to being a present father may have been derived from his deep faith and independent studies.
Elliott was baptized and accepted Christ around the age of 9, but after reflection on the true meaning of commitment, he elected to be baptized again as a teen. His final church was the 9th Street Tabernacle Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky. With all of the traveling he had to do as a commercial plumber though, Elliott spent time doing his own searching and researching. His independent studies primarily revolved around history and heritage. Moorish American History, Egyptology, and African History influenced his spiritual journey. He remained focused and balanced in his life by being grounded in his own and others heritage and historical relevance.
The depth of his thoughts and willpower meant that Elliott didn’t give up. He was known for saying to his family, “Y’all can’t keep me down,” but that depth also played into another of Elliott’s well-known attributes. If you ask his family, they’ll tell you he missed his calling as a comedian. Ms. Shelia was always having to warn people, “You might not want to get him started.” There was a good possibility that Elliott was one of the greatest roasters of all time. He was quick witted, and his mouth somehow managed to keep up with how quickly his mind processed.
Having that ability allowed Elliott to also be a talented rapper. He had the beat, the rhythm, and the words to go with them. Some of his music eventually got recorded, and you can find him on Sound Cloud, except instead of Elliot Walker, he elected to take on the rapper name of “General E.” With personality, talents, depth, priorities, and interests like Elliott’s, it was easy to see why he was such a likeable person. During his lifetime, he became a friend to many, but to his family, he became their everything.
Visitation with the family will be held at Gentry-Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 12-2 pm.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Mr. Kenneth Mitchell, Ms. Brittany Glover, and Mr. Bryant Wilson, all of Murfreesboro. They would also like to welcome guests to a meal of fellowship at Farmers Family Restaurant (1958 Old Fort Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129) following the memorial service.