Wylie ‘Sam’ Walden

Wylie Walden (“Sam” to many of his old friends, “Coach Walden” to many, and “Papa” or “Papa Wylie” to his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews) took his last breath after a very short battle with pneumonia on July 4th, 2014, at the age of 82 years old. A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 10th, at 10:30 a.m., at Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde on Highway 90 West. Immediately following the graveside service, there will be a reception in the ballroom of the Uvalde Country Club. Wylie was preceded in death by his father and mother, Samuel and Rachel Walden; and his pre-deceased wife Amelia Armistead Walden. Wylie is survived by his adoring wife of seventeen-and-a-half years, Roberta; Wylie’s three children: Amanda Pechacek and husband, Julian, Lawson Wylie Walden and wife, Tammy, and Samuel Brock Walden and fiancé, Melissa Genetti; his four grandchildren: James Lee and wife, Rachel, Bonnie Lee, Samuel Bracken Walden and Mary Lawson Walden. Wylie also leaves behind many beloved nephews and nieces, as well as his precious godson, Byron Capt and Byron’s parents, Carper and Becky Capt. Wylie is also survived by his own beloved “baby” brother, Max Walden; and Max’s cherished companion, Carol, as well as many cousins who were very dear to him, and an uncountable number of good and beloved friends. Among those many friends are his “concuño,” as Wylie called his dear friend and brother-in-law, Tom DuBose; his four surviving “Crow” brothers: Earl Fowler and wife, Barbara, Gene Hendrickson, Al Camp, and Russell Young; and the surviving members of the Wylie and the Coyotes band: Tom DuBose, Carl Lee Hellums, Johnny Rambie and Dusty Huddleston. There are many others, but these are the men who “carried” him through life, and these are the men who are his honorary pallbearers. Wylie was a proud graduate of Brackenridge High School, San Antonio College, Abilene Christian College, and University of North Texas. Wylie was also proud to serve his country in the army as a physical therapist assistant after he graduated from college. Wylie taught high school history and coached baseball and “B” team football as well as girls’ basketball at Uvalde High School. He also coached at Rocksprings High School. He was principal of Robb, Anthon, and Dalton schools during the mandated “rotational” years, and he was serving as superintendent of schools in Knippa when he retired as an educator. After his retirement as an educator, Wylie spent many years in the antique and western collectible business and could often be seen manning his booths at Opera House Antiques, Market Square Antiques, and Antiques on the Square in Uvalde. THE PRECEDING IS A PAID OBITUARY.
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