Gen. Walton’s career began with construction jobs for J.S. Walton and Co., founded by his father in 1919. While earning his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Ga. Tech, he received an Army ROTC commission and during WWII became Lt. Col.
Then he and his brother Jack took over the family business, with a major project of constructing the Mobile shipyard. Able to secure war surplus equipment, they focused on road building and site work.
A member of the Army Reserves, Gen. Walton served in the Korean War and attended the Command and General Staff College, earning the rank of Brig. Gen. Gov. Wallace appointed him asst. adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard.
Returning to J.S. Walton and Company, Gen. Walton co-founded Okaloosa Asphalt Enterprises, Inc., specializing in highways, coastal development and military construction.
A joint venture with Manhattan Construction Company led to the founding of Manhattan-Walton Joint Venture to construct power plants in the Southeast. His sons manage J.S. Walton and Company, Inc. and John G. Walton Construction Co., Inc.
He is remembered as a generous leader whose success grew from personal relationships.