Longtime Salisbury lawyer Walt Webster dies at age 93

Walter Dixon Webster died at the age of 93 at home on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Walter D. Webster.

Born Jan. 30, 1926, in Wenona on Deal Island, he was the son of the late Walter Dixon and Hattie Corbin Webster. 

Leaving Wenona at the age of 14, he attended Wicomico Senior High School. He entered the U.S. Navy during World War II and served aboard the USS Yellowstone and USS Douglas H. Fox in the Mediterranean as a radar technician.

After leaving military service, he attended Salisbury State Teachers College and then transferred to University of Maryland, College Park, where he resided with roommates from Salisbury, Joe White, Frank Morris and John Delaney.

He was an active member of Delta Sigma Phi National Fraternity.

After graduating from University of Maryland Law School in 1955, he moved to Salisbury, where he practiced law for 62 years.

In addition to his law practice, he and his second wife, Joyce, engaged in many business enterprises, including: A & W Homes, Jones Air Freight, Martini’s Restaurant in Seaford and the Gospel Shop, which they operated for more than 20 years.

He was a lifelong sports enthusiast, and even had the great fortune to train with football coach Jim Tatum while playing football at the University of Maryland, until sidelined by a knee injury.

He found an outlet as a fan of the then Baltimore Colts, helping to form a local booster club called the Colts Corral, along with John Wright, Ed Vaughan and Calvin Pusey, which provided much enjoyment, especially on their Sunday bus trips.

He was always glued to the television for an Orioles or Ravens game, and spent many happy hours cheering for the Terrapins.

He was a member of the Salisbury Elks Lodge, VFW, American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and Trinity United Methodist Church.

He was a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Wicomico County Bar Association, and recently attended a reunion of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law in Baltimore.

He was one of the last traditional lawyers, who handled every legal need for his clients and their families, often serving three and four generations.

His own father was a Methodist circuit rider, and throughout his life he assisted churches with legal matters and donated generously when asked. During his career, he often took payment in bushels of sweet potatoes and oysters, and waived payment for poor clients.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 41 years, Joyce Anderson Webster; a sister, Josephine Holland; brothers, Clifton, Clyde and Horace Webster, and Emerson and Sherman Evans; a daughter, Nancy Lee Webster, and a great-grandson, Jordan Brown Long. 

He is survived by his children, Pamela Ward, Arthur Webster, Lisa Davis and Meg Hudson, all of Salisbury; and his former spouse and mother of his children, Betty Webster.

He is also survived by his stepchildren, Pamela Render, Scott Sizemore and Gregory Sizemore; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The funeral service will be held at Delmarva Evangelistic Church on Gordy Road on Saturday,

Nov. 2, 2019, at 2 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Parsons Cemetery in Salisbury.

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