On December 15, 1926, James B. Walker Jr. was born in the town of Centerville in Hickman County, Tennessee. He was the son of James B. Walker, Sr. and Norma Bragg. He also had two sisters, Norma and Sara. Treasurer Walker Jr. attended schools in Hickman County and continued his education at both the Georgia Military Academy and the Citadel in South Carolina. He also graduated from Vanderbilt Academic and Law schools. In addition to pursuing educational degrees, Treasurer Walker, Jr. volunteered to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the Marines until August of 1946.
On January 17, 1953, Treasurer Walker, Jr. was appointed as Additional State Treasurer to serve during the illness of his father, James B. Walker, Sr. who had been elected as State Treasurer by the Tennessee General Assembly. Treasurer Walker, Jr. served as Additional State Treasurer from January 1953 to July 1953. At that time, Treasurer Walker, Sr. returned to serve as State Treasurer.
After serving as Additional State Treasurer, Treasurer Walker, Jr. returned to Centerville and worked as an Assistant Cashier at the First National Bank. In addition to his work with the bank, Treasurer Walker, Jr. was a member of the First Methodist Church in Centerville and of the A.T.O. fraternity.
Treasurer Walker, Jr. died on July 8, 2006 at the age of 79 in Hickman County, Tennessee.
Reference: Tennessee Blue Book, 1954; Tennessee State Library and Archives, Photograph DB 20929; "Shelby County Register of Deeds, Death Records Index, 1949-2009," http://register.shelby.tn.us/deathSearchResultsvital.php; Ova Lee Sawyer, et al., Historical Events of Hickman County, Tennessee, 1951-2000 (Centerville, TN: Hickman County Historical Society, 2008), 35.