World War II hero James Walls will be Honored on Friday

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World War II hero James Walls is the founder of the Omni Hut in Smyrna, TN

State Representative Mike Sparks (R–Smyrna) and State Senator Jim Tracy (R–Shelbyville) announced that a portion of South Lowry Street in Smyrna will be named in honor of World War II hero James Walls on Friday, December 6th during an official ceremony with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Major Walls, who passed away on March 5th of last year, was a well-known member of the Smyrna community and founder of the local Omni Hut restaurant. During WWII, Major Walls was stationed at Pearl Harbor when the area was bombed on December 7th 1941 by the Japanese military.

“Major James Walls truly exemplified what Tom Brokaw termed the “Greatest Generation”, said Representative Mike Sparks. “Major Walls gave me my first job at age 13 and went on to employ hundreds of others over his lifetime. His entrepreneurial vision, his love for country, and his passion for helping others will forever be missed in our community.”


For those unable to attend the official highway ceremony, a smaller replica version of the new Major James Walls Memorial Highway sign will be available at the Omni Hut restaurant for those interested in writing messages in support of the memory of Major Walls. The replica sign will be hung in the restaurant at a future date.

“I’m honored to be a part of the ceremony naming part of South Lowry Street after Major James Walls,” said Senator Tracy. “Major Walls was a World War II hero and a valued member of our community.”


Additional Information Submitted to WGNS by Cade Cothren with the TN House of Representatives:

The Omni Hut restaurant opens at 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturday in Smyrna. The restaurant can be reached by phone at (615) 459-4870.

Mike Sparks serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Transportation Committee. Jim Tracy is Chairman of the Senate Transportation & Safety Committee. Both legislators represent a portion of Rutherford County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

  • WHO: State Representative Mike Sparks; State Senator Jim Tracy; Local elected officials; friends and family members of Major James Walls
  • WHAT: Naming of the new Major James Walls Memorial Highway in Smyrna
  • WHEN: December 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Site is located at approximately 618 South Lowry Street in Smyrna. The memorial sign will be placed near North American Nursery.
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