Ed Walline Park named for one honest man (PHOTOS)

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 08:01 AM.

Walline's hand helped steer the community. He served on the Board of Trustees of Chelco, the local REA, the Board of Rural Renewal Housing of Walton County, he was on the Board of Directors and was a founding father of the South Walton Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Lions Club, the Masonic Lodge, he was a founding father and chairman of the South Walton Mosquito Control District, and a member of the Point Washington United Methodist Church , which he helped remodel.

Walline retired from building in 1970.

His funeral in 1975 was held at Point Washington UMC, which was packed with people, and more stood outside. The sheriff attended and the procession was more than 2 miles long as it made its way to Gulf Cemetery , where his parents are buried.

"The people who spoke at his funeral said he was the most honest man they had ever known, always willing to help a friend," said Adrianne.

"Ed was a wonderful man who had overcome much to become successful in life," said Patterson, who was the first executive director of the Walton County Tourist Development Council. "He was a master builder and a very smart man who was often discriminated against because of his handicap. He built most of the early fine homes in this area. He was a hands-on builder; on the job every day, wearing a tool belt, directing and doing most of the work. He started and nourished the Mosquito Control District and would be quite proud of what that organization is today. The park that is named for him was to pay tribute to a man who had overcome so much and accomplished so much personally and given so much to the community. I had the great honor of knowing Ed very well and calling him my friend. So few people living here now have any idea who he was or the contributions he made and left behind. The park was already named when I came on board at the TDC in 1988, but we made improvements. Building it was a labor of love for me. Every day that I pass it or hear the name, I recall the wonderful man whose name it bears."

"He was the bestest guy," agreed his daughter. "Naming a park for him was quite an honor."

The park was named in 1987.

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