July 13, 1937 ~ November 25, 2021

Born in: Orange, VA
Resided in: New Haven, CT

William Walton, 84, of New Haven, passed peacefully on November 25, 2021 surrounded by family. He was born on July 13, 1937 in Orange, Virginia, the oldest of four, and was affectionately known as “Moody.” The family migrated to New York City for a brief period and ultimately moved to North Haven. Moody was educated at North Haven High School and trained as a fighter during his teen years. He worked at Plasticrete Brickyard as a foreman and later as a cook at Charlie’s Dog House on Dixwell Avenue. Being the entrepreneur that he was, Moody established the decades-long Moody’s Fish & Chips, first on Grand Avenue and then relocated to Winchester Avenue. He also had pool halls and candy stores over the years. After retiring from his businesses, Moody still kept the fire burning. He went on to work for 20 years as a driver for Connecticut Limousine. Even at his ripe age of 84, he continued to work on cars and diligently maintain the family property in North Haven.

Moody was well-loved and respected throughout the City of New Haven. He had a big heart and a giving spirit. Every year at Christmas time, he would have an open house at his restaurant to honor the community. Moody was, indisputably, the patriarch of the family.  He made sure that everyone was taken care of and always lent a helping hand to friends and strangers.

Moody will forever be cherished by his devoted wife, Rosa Edwards; ex-wife, Margo “Kitty” Walton; his children, Evelyn Moore, Helena “Tracey” Walton Yarbrough (Montel), Donna Files (Linwood), Charlene Roberts (Maurice), William “Cody” Roach (LaTanya), Alvin Roach (Toinette), and Mercilla Roach. In addition, he leaves behind 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn “Bean” Gibbs; a brother, Stanley Walton, and a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Cecil and Helen Henderson Walton; sister, Helen “Mickey” Grant; daughter, Elizabeth “Snookums” Cecilia Walton; and great-granddaughter, Kámiyah Moore.

Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Moody’s life to be held on Saturday, December 4th at St. Matthews UFWB Church, 400 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven at 10:00 a.m. Viewing is from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the church.  Following the funeral, the Committal Service will continue in Hamden Plains Cemetery.  At the family’s request, masks are required for all services. BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden in care of arrangements.


Visitation: December 4, 2021 8:00 - 10:00 am

St. Matthew's UFWB Church
400 Dixwell Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511


Funeral Service: December 4, 2021 10:00 am

St. Matthew's UFWB Church
400 Dixwell Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511


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    • Hi Kitty it’s Rhonda….Gwen’s daughter may the lord wrap his arms around everyone…. OMG I haven’t seen you seems like forever going to try and make service just to HUG YOU AND TRACEY😍

    • To the family my condolences & remember the good times you were able to have with him. The best brown bagged / greasy french fries soaked in ketchup on the way in from the club, actually anytime they were good.

  1. To be absent from the body is to be present with the lord 🙏🏿 rest in heaven moody you will be miss love you

  2. Rest In Peace Moody. You were a gentle soul with a big heart and a smile that could light up a room. You will be missed.

  3. There is a lot I could say about Moody; most of all, he was a great friend and a stand-up brother to many of us that hung out at Charlie Dog HouseI. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten! Rosa and his family my most sincere and deep condolences.

    Peace and Blessings,

    Nate Hurse

  4. Our Condolences to the family ,Moody was like a Father and Grand father to me and my Children
    He was a true friend he gave me lot of good advice RIP OUR FRIEND!!!!!
    Cassandra Daniels Derrick Daniels Yolanda Daniels Ratliff

  5. My condolences go out to the entire Walton Family, I got to know him through my high school good and best friend Vince (Vincent Walton) and his family spending time after school we would go to his uncle Moodys Restaurant on Grand Ave, New Haven Vince would help out cooking enjoying the food and paling around everyone knew him well and he was well liked! Touched by his soft speech and low key- disposition a nice man. Rest for now, will miss you. 😢 SID DAWKINS.

  6. Helena “Tracey” Walton Yarbrough,
    May the love of God, family and friends comfort you and yours at this most difficult time.

    Peace and Blessings My Sister,

    The Bertha Family (Karen, Herbert, Aunt Yvonne and Aunt Maxine)

  7. Rosa remember Moody’s voice. Remember his smile remember the love you had for each other. We know that Moody is happy in our Saviour’s home above. Trust and believe God will bring you through.

    God bless you.

    Jeanne Coleman & Family

  8. Our condolences to Beansie, Stanley and the entire Walton family. Memories of Cody Lane will forever be in my heart.
    God Bless you all.
    Katherine Brown and family.

  9. May Moody’s memory continue to bless all those who knew him and loved him. With prayers of peace and comfort to all during this time, Michelle Edwards

  10. Prayers going up for my family. May the Lord comfort and give you strength during this difficult time. Love always❤️

  11. You will be greatly missed. Thank you for being a good friend and brother to my Dad Michael Mitchell he appreciated your friendship. Our deepest condolences to the family praying for you during your time of loss.
    Peace & blessings,

  12. A Man with a very giving spirit has been taken from us …Our lives will never be the same! Moody you gave so much of yourself to others, and never asked for much for yourself! In own way, he was an Angel to so many, a man of quiet strength and few words, he nevertheless left a resounding mark of kindness in many of our hearts ♥️!

  13. I feel so empty my heart feel the pain l talk to dad but he doesnt answer me back am just waiting for him to answer me.

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