Hockley County Mourns Loss of County Clerk - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/21/03

Hockley County Mourns Loss of County Clerk

A tragic accident leaves a South Plains town in mourning. The City of Levelland held funeral services for Mary Kay Walker on Monday. Mary served as County Clerk in Hockley County for the last 12 years.

She and two other men were killed in an accident near Snyder on Saturday morning. A tragedy caused by a simple traffic violation. According to DPS, 22-year-old Adam Wigley from Salado slammed into Walker's suburban when he ran a stop sign. Wigley, and his passenger, his 21-year-old brother, and Walker all died later at a hospital in Snyder.

NewsChannel 11's Ashley Stacy went to Levelland today and sat down with Mary's co-workers and friends.

The Hockley County Courthouse closed Monday morning for the funeral of co-worker and friend Mary Kay Walker. Services were held at St. Michaels Catholic church, followed by a graveside service at the City Cemetery. Friends describe the day as black and empty.

"She was one of our very best friends, we've worked with her for 17 years and we just ran together, to the movies, to dinner to shop, we loved her," said Linda Barnette.

Linda Barnette and Sharon Humphrey's, say Mary was the backbone of the courthouse. They say she was the life of the party everyday and everybody's friend. "Mary had lots of friends, especially us we loved her, she's quite a hoot, she cared about everybody, she loved everybody and everybody loved her," Sharon Humphrey's said.

According to friends, Mary's life revolved around her 13-year-old son Zach. "Her number one concern in life was her son," co-worker Denise Bohannon said.

County Treasurer Denise Bohannon says Mary faced a lot of tragedy. Her first husband was killed in a car wreck 12 years ago, and her father died last year. She was engaged to Todd Etheredge, who was also in the car at the time of the wreck with her son and three of his children.

"Perfect mother, perfect friend, perfect county clerk, very personable woman and the light of this courthouse. She's my best friend, she's the best friend to everybody that knew her," says Bohannon.

On Monday morning the County Clerks office had to open because of early voting laws, and it was definitely hard on all of them to be back in the office without Mary, they said their office was a family.

As this town mourns the loss of a friend and relative, it's important to remember that if the rules of the road had been followed this accident might not have happened.

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