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Walter Allen Tolliver

Walter Allen Tolliver

Apr 17, 1952 - May 18, 2022

Walter Allen Tolliver - Obituary


alter “Walt” Allen Tolliver, 70, a 28-year resident of West River, died May 18, 2022, of end stage Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born in Annapolis on April 17, 1952, to the late Walter and Cora Tolliver of Annapolis. Walt is survived by his wife of 27 years, Deborah Tolliver (Vallandingham); his daughter, Corey Tolliver; and son, Colin Tolliver, both of West River. He has one brother, Robert “Bobby” Tolliver of Annapolis. In addition to his parents, Walt was preceded in death by his sister, Connie Houghland of Hanover, Pennsylvania. Walt graduated from Annapolis High School in 1970, then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky. Later, he achieved a Master’s in Business Administration as well as a Master’s in Taxation. Walt’s professional career progressed through positions for the U. S. Internal Revenue Service, the Maryland State Comptroller’s Office, the Anne Arundel County Department of Finance, and the Anne Arundel County Auditor’s Office. He then returned to the Anne Arundel County Department of Finance before retiring in 2015. Throughout his professional career, Walt also operated his own private accounting firm. While at Annapolis High School, Walt enjoyed participating in varsity sports which included being guard on the football team and excelling while on the wrestling team. In college, he continued on the wrestling team and was also a member of the rugby team. Walt was a member of the Washington, DC Chapter of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association and enjoyed attending their annual Kentucky Derby parties. An enthusiastic fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcat’s basketball team, Walt attended many games at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Throughout his life, Walt enjoyed watching college sports and participating in many sports including fishing, softball, sailing, sky diving, white water rafting, and golfing. Along with following college sports, Walt enjoyed attending and watching games of local professional sports teams that included the Baltimore Colts and Baltimore Ravens football teams, and the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. Throughout Walt’s life, he immensely enjoyed traveling, especially trips to Indiana and Kentucky to visit his extended family. Walt had the opportunity to travel all over the United States vacationing with his family and friends. Several times Walt cruised to various locations including Alaska and the Caribbean. Walt’s favorite annual vacation spots were camping in Virginia with his family on the Shenandoah River and on Chincoteague Island. Walt’s philanthropic efforts included volunteering with the South County Food Bank, Lothian Cub Scout Troop 850, Davidsonville Boy Scout Troop 454, Mayo Swim Team, South County Youth Wrestling, Annapolis Area Christian School, Southern High School, and Georgetown University. He served as treasurer for the Maryland Seafood Festival for several years. For many years also, he and his wife enjoyed sponsoring numerous U. S. Naval Academy Midshipmen and have remained in contact with most of them. Walt also appreciated opportunities to serve our Lord and the community through volunteer activities at St. James Parish in Lothian. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Walt’s life at a visitation on Friday, June 3, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Kalas Funeral Home and Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD 21037. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 11 AM at St. James Parish, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian, MD 20711, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Walt’s name may be made to St. James Parish. Please leave a condolence for the family by signing the guestbook at the Memories tab located on this page.