Fulton Walker died at the age of 58 in his hometown of Martinsburg, West Virginia, a month before I released Panhandle Portraits. I spent a memorable day with Fulton doing an in-depth article for a series on champions in the panhandle for the local newspaper, The Spirit, in addition to this spread in my book. Fulton was kind, humble, funny and generous of spirit. He had significant physical issues as a result of playing football, and part of our discussion had to do with the NFL and concussion protocol, and what had been happening to former players as they aged. I feel blessed to have shared some time with him, learn about his history and achievements, and I'm sure his passing has left a gaping hole in the hearts of his family and friends.
Want to read about all the other folks in Panhandle Portraits? I profiled 77 wonderful West Virginians. Details about the two-volume set at http://www.katherinecobb.com/panhandle-portraits.html
A collection of columns, articles and general a-musings.