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Dr. Walton ("Tony") Purnell Waller, Jr.

November 29, 1961 - November 9, 2019

Dr. Walton ("Tony") Purnell Waller, Jr. was born in Fort Bragg, NC on November 29, 1961. He was the son of the late 2nd Lieutenant Walton ("Toto") Purnell Waller, Sr. and Sonjia Amar Waller from Baton Rouge, LA. His father passed away as a hero in Germany while flying a Mohawk airplane for the U.S. Army. Several years after his father's death, his mother met and married Dr. Walter F. Young, a dentist from New Orleans, LA. <br /> <br /> Walter and Sonjia moved from Louisiana to Georgia in 1970 and together they raised four children - Tony, Tonya, Tammy and Nikki - with love and Christian values. <br /> <br /> Tony attended St. Anthony's Catholic School for his elementary education and served as an altar boy at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Atlanta, GA. He graduated high school from Woodward Academy in College Park, GA. During his time at Woodward, Tony ran track and competed on the swim team. <br /> <br /> Tony received his B.S. degree from Morehouse College in 1986 and was then accepted to Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, following in the footsteps of his late grandfather, Dr. Calvin W. Waller. <br /> During his time at Tuskegee, Tony interned at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. and, following his graduation in 1991, he spent a year in South Africa working on a game ranch. <br /> <br /> Upon his return from Africa, he entered the U.S. Army as a captain and served at the Naval Air Station in Brunswick, ME as the lead veterinarian. When he was scheduled to move to his next assignment, many letters were written to his commanding officer in an attempt to retain him indefinitely. His next military assignment was at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA. He was the most sought-after vet in the community. <br /> <br /> After completing his military service, Tony and his family moved back to Georgia where he renovated an old clinic in North Georgia, working side by side with the contractors learning construction so he could make simple changes when necessary, to start his own practice. <br /> <br /> Dr. Waller was a beloved veterinarian for over 20 years in the Canton, GA area. Tony loved being a vet and he often spent nights at the clinic caring for a patient post-surgery. He was called the "Animal Whisperer" because he could communicate with animals like no other. His patients loved him and he loved them all, from dogs to snakes to horses and birds. Every creature in the animal kingdom was special to Tony and he was totally devoted to their care. <br /> <br /> Tony was an active outdoorsman and adventurous traveler. He loved tennis, swimming, scuba diving, running, biking and golf. <br /> Tony was a very private but loving man whose quiet faith was ever present in his thoughts and deeds. He strove always to be the best he could be - son, brother, father, husband, friend and champion of the underdog. <br /> <br /> He leaves an amazing legacy of four beautiful and brilliant children - Marshall, Sonjia, Enola and Gabrielle. <br /> <br /> Walton ("Tony") Purnell Waller, Jr. will be remembered, by all who had the good fortune to know him, with respect, admiration and love, always. <br /> <br /> In recognition of his genuine love for animals, the family encourages contributions to the following no kill animal shelters: Humane Society of Cobb County ( and Furkids (

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    Adar Wellington Nov 21, 2019
    We have known Tony since he was a young boy. He was a quiet, kind and adventuresome. He was also a frequent patient of my husband (Dr. Joseph Hoffman, Jr.) because he was always riding his horses and occasionally trying new tricks and falling off. As years passed Tony’s passion for all animals grew and he became a revered veterinarian. I will remember his gentleness and advice when our Westie, Sidney (my love) had to be put to sleep due to his age and the onset of diabetes. Tony let me hold Sidney and gently put him to sleep in my arms. While I sobbed, I will always be indebted to him for his gentleness and compassion. We will miss Tony but never forget his gentle spirit!

    Aunt Pam & Uncle Joe Hoffman
    Pamela and Joseph Hoffman Nov 20, 2019