Having graduated from the Kentucky Mortuary School and officially licensed in 1949, Walter Jr., known in the Barbourville community as Tub knew he wanted to serve the families of Knox County as his father did.
After serving in WWII as a nose gunner with the Eighth Air Force, Tub joined his family’s business. Since then Tub has seen many changes in the funeral profession. Back in those days, the funeral director prepared the deceased then the visitation and funeral service was held either at the residence or in a church. This practice changed by the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Today, all of the preparation and the majority of visitation and funeral services are held in funeral homes. When Tub first entered the business, funeral homes provided ambulance service to the community. This was the case locally until Knox County took over this service in the mid-1970’s.