Joseph Walls was the son of James Aaron and Levina "Vine" (England) Walls. Joe was born in December of 1895 in Missouri, likely near Ash Grove. He lived with his parents in Ash Grove until at least 1910. Joe is not apparently documented in Greene County records post-dating 1910 and cause and date of his death are unknown. However, the concrete marker bearing the inscription "JOE" in the Walls section of the Berry Cemetery is almost certainly a memorial for Joseph Walls (Russel 2012).
Grave Marker: The grave marker for Joe Walls is a flat concrete monument about 18 x 10 x 2 inches in size. "JOE" is inscribed on the upward facing side of the marker. This marker is almost certainly homemade, given the widespread domestic use of cement technology by ca. 1900 and the non-uniform nature of the inscribed letters. The uniform size and composition of the concrete markers for Charles, Joe, Bob, Baby, and Presley Walls may indicate that they were made and set at the same time, after all five of these individuals had died.
Berry Family, Ash Grove, MO; Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum; Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology, Reynolds College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Missouri State University