J.N. Walling, Selma Music Instructor, Dies

SELMA – J. Nelson Walling, oldest member in point of service on the faculty of the Selma High School, died here after a long illness. He was 44.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 PM in the Page Chapel. Masonic graveside rites will be conducted in the Fowler Cemetery.

Walling, whose home was at 2151 Dennis Drive, was born in Madera. He was graduated from the Fowler High School and Occidental College and did graduate work at the Fresno State College.

He taught two years in Reedley before here in 1941 as vocal music instructor. He had been on the Selma High faculty ever since, with the exception of four years in the army medical corps during World War II.

Walling was a member of the Fowler United Presbyterian Church of which he had been organist and choir director for 25 years; the American Guild of Organists, the California Music Educators Association, the National Educators Association, the California Teachers Association, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the Selma Masonic Lodge and the York Rite.

He was also a charter member of the Tehran Shrine Temple and the temple band.

Surviving are his widow, Helen; his mother, Mrs. Agnes Walling of Fowler; and a sister, Margaret Walling of San Francisco.

Source:  The Fresno Bee-Republican, November 30, 1963

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