Community remembers ‘The Famous Bartender’ Kim Walker

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – “What brings all you hooligans in here?”

That’s something Kim Walker would say.

“Life ain’t that d*mn difficult.”

That’s another one.

The 63-year-old bartender, who was a staple of the Five Points community, died Thursday. He had been at the Upside Down Plaza for over 20 years.

“It was heart-wrenching,” said Robin Veal, co-owner of Little Italy’s Pizza and Pints. “More of a sense of shock…just couldn’t believe it.”

According to Birmingham police, he was escorting some customers out of the bar around 2 a.m. when there was an altercation. A release from the BPD stated Walker sustained a head wound from the incident. However, it wasn’t until hours later that he was discovered, unresponsive inside his apartment after his coworkers contacted police and requested a welfare check.

“He beat cancer twice,” Veal’s husband, Jay, said. “He was just a fighter, but always happy. [He would] bring out the good attitude in anybody. He was just a lot of fun to be around.”

“Life ain’t that d*mn difficult.”

Kim Walker

There is a memorial set-up inside the Upside Down Plaza where people can leave notes and memories in Walker’s honor. There are candles, pictures, and small offerings–like cigarettes, shots and beers.

“It was always just seeing that big smile,” Robin said, “and that’s just something that I think will live in everyone’s heart forever.”

There will be a celebration of Walker’s life Friday at 8 p.m. at the Upside Down Plaza.


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