Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pioneer Female Broadcaster Put Subjects at Ease; Funeral Services for the 'Voice of St. Augustine' Will Be Held Friday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pioneer Female Broadcaster Put Subjects at Ease; Funeral Services for the 'Voice of St. Augustine' Will Be Held Friday

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Byline: ANNE HEYMEN

ST. AUGUSTINE -- Frankie Collyer Walker, one of the first female broadcasters in Florida, died Tuesday at her home in St. Augustine. She was 87.

Ms. Walker, associated with radio station WFOY for 43 years and a former co-owner, was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Charles E. Walker, a former trust officer with Barnett Bank.

"I called her the Voice of St. Augustine," said artist Jean Troemel, a neighbor of the Ms. Walker's since 1969.

"She was a beautiful person, a gracious person."

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church at King and Riberia streets in St. Augustine. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Craig Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Doug Shull, owner/general manager of WFOY, said she was a pioneer female broadcaster and did everything at the station -- sales, billing and broadcasting.

Ms. Walker retired shortly after Shull purchased the station in 1984. …

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