Walter Kwee Hung Choi, passed away on January 29, 2015 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He was born on August 28, 1939 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was the son of Young Sun Choi and Alice Soon Nam Kim (deceased). In his younger years he enjoyed fishing the blue waters of his home of Hawaii. After graduating from McKinley High School in 1957 there he was part of a rock n’ roll group called the Royal Drifters. Music was his passion and talent. In 1960 he married Kathryn E. Renfro and was blessed with 4 children; Tana, Guy, Walter Jr. and Mark. He was employed by many companies and was very professional in sales. He even owned his own shoe repair business. In 1966 his 5th child was born Lisa. He moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia where he met his beloved wife Mary for 36 years. He accomplished so many things during his life and lived his life to the fullest. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. (Force Recon) and retired from the United States Army as a SFC 1st class and served for 26 years. After his retirement he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 5 years. In 2011 he created and organized “Da Kine Ukers” a ukulele group that has 15 strong and still growing. Wally, (as everyone would call him) touched many people through his values in life by sharing the “Aloha Spirit”. He will be missed by many. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary D. Choi. 5 children; Tana K Kahanu and husband Paul of Hawaii, Guy T. Choi and wife Tricia of Colorado, Walter Kwee Hung Choi Jr. of Colorado, Mark A. Choi of Georgia and Lisa Koelher and husband Craig of Nevada. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, 2 surviving siblings Gladys Helm and Albert Choy and wife Janice. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #251 of Duluth for 5 years and Civil Air Patrol of Lawrenceville. Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel. Family will receive friends at 12:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy. Lawrenceville, Georgia. Online condolences can be expressed at

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  1. I am so, so sad to here of the passing of sweet Wally. What a wonderful, talented man who was so full of love & life. What an inspiration to everyone that was blessed to meet him. My heart hurts for the love of his life, Mary. I know he will be singing in Heaven with the other angels (my mom probably right by his side)-grinning that big contagious smile with the voice that made you feel the love.
    I am so sorry for the loss of this amazing man. My prayers are with the family.

  2. Wally,
    your perfect ‘pig roast’ and singing will be so missed on us all at CAP. Mary you are in our prayers. We will never forger how to
    “hula” and thank you both for the joy you brought us all.

  3. I am very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the hope at John 5: 28 & 29 of seeing your loved one again.

  4. Aloha Mary, Wally and you touched so many aspects of our lives in such a short time, That will be with us always. We will have our own little song fest here today in Ecuador for Uncle Wally. Mahalo

  5. We really appreciated knowing Wally. He was a great man , very talented , and a great Marine . We met him in Duluth , when he joined the Marine Corps League .Our thoughts and prayers are with his family .

  6. Mary we are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Mary, Robert and I are so glad to have met and be a part of Uncle Wally’s and your life:) he was a gifted and wonderful man and will be missed. We share in you sorrow and loss:(
    Love Robert and Tangie Judy

  8. Love to my big brothers and sister. So sorry about your dad. Peace and prayers to Mary and all the Choi family.

  9. Our love and prayers to the family for the loss of your loved one. We knew Wally through Civil Air Patrol and he was a kind and generous man who will be missed by many. Very sorry we couldn’t attend his service yesterday.

  10. To the Choi family,
    On behalf of the entire staff of Shadow Lake Apartments we would like to express out deepest condolences. Such an awesome man and obviously very loved very much by his family. Sad when we lose such a great man, not that many men could leave behind such a legacy.

  11. fought a long and valiant fight to regain your health… I am so glad all the “kids” made it there to see you and say their “ALOHA’s”.
    This was so important….I prayed for you and gave you a long distance “blessing” via Colorado! Look down on the kids now and then and into their hearts and ease their pain…aloha’oe
    say aloha to George and Mom Alice

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