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Business, community leader dies at home

CLARKSDALE — Business and community leader George Walker of Clarksdale died Friday at his home.

Walker was chairman of the State Board of Community and Junior Colleges when he died. A board spokesman said Walker was 83.

Walker founded Delta Wire in Clarksdale in 1978. Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce executive director Ron Hudson said the company made wire that went into tires. Hudson said the company closed in 2009.

Hudson said Walker was also chairman of the Industrial Foundation. He described Walker as the “ultimate, consummate volunteer.”

Hinds Community College president Clyde Muse said Walker made a strong impact on the college system in the area of workforce training.

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