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Chad Walls treasured for his hugs

September 10, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

Family members of Chad Edward Walls remember him as an energetic and loving person who was generous with his time and affection.

"We called him 'The Bear' - every time you'd see him, he'd give you a great big bear hug," said his aunt, Janie Walls.

Chad Walls, 23, of Fairfield, Pa., died Saturday while taking a test ride on a motorcycle he was considering buying. He lost control of the motorcycle on Commonwealth Avenue and slid into a telephone pole, according to Hagerstown City Police.

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He died later that day at Washington County Hospital.

"He had such a big heart. He would do anything for anybody," said his brother, William G. Walls Jr.

Chad Walls admired the motorcycles owned by his father and brother and wanted one of his own, Janie Walls said.

"It's devastating that this happened to him," she said.

The 1991 Suzuki motorcycle Chad Walls was riding was a powerful bike for an inexperienced rider, Janie Walls said.

Young people sometimes "feel invincible. I guess he thought he could handle it," she said.

Chad Walls was the son of William G. Walls Sr. of Fairfield and Anna E. Sprankle Coons of Hagerstown.

Walls was just 13 when he, his father and brother started their own business using their great-grandmother's recipe for snowballs with seafoam topping.

At the time, the family lived near South Hagerstown High School and the students were eager to try the Walls' family treat, said William Walls Jr.

As the years passed, Chad Walls took over running the seasonal snowball business, The Snowball Effect, on the lots of Undercover Tinting and Detailing off Frederick Street in Hagerstown and Buck's Pizza off Washington Street.

Chad had just started his first semester at Hagerstown Community College, where he was studying mechanical engineering, said William Walls Jr.

"He liked it and he was hoping to make enough money (through the snowball business) to take classes full time," he said.

William Walls Jr. said his brother was excited about the Battle of Antietam re-enactment to be held this weekend and had completed the necessary paperwork and logistical planning to set up a snowball stand for the event.

Friends have volunteered to help run the stand this weekend in his brother's memory, said William Walls Jr.

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