Walker Louis East Sr., 82, a retired Army master sergeant and later a desk clerk for the Travelers Motel in Alexandria, died of cancer Thursday at the Fort Lee Hospital in Virginia.

He had been transferred there several days earlier from the Bethesda Naval Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. East first served in the Army in France in World War I. He reenlisted through a National Guard unit of the Coast Artillery in 1939. He served in Europe during World War II and in Stuttgart, Germany, after the war.

He was stationed at Fort Belvoir from 1957 until his retirement as a master sergeant in 1961.

Mr. East was born in Greensboro, N.C. After World War I, he earned a degree from the Palmer Chiropractic School in Chicago and practiced briefly before returning to the advertising section of the Greensboro Daily News, where he worked prior to the war.

He became national advertising manager of the newspaper in 1928 and later held the same position with the Charlotte Observer. He then free-lanced in advertising before rejoining the Army.

Mr. East was a 32nd degree Mason. He belonged to the Alexandria Consistory of the Scottish Rite and Kena Temple.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Marguerite Gertrude Sage, of Alexandria; four children, Larry, of Greensboro, Joyce Jones of Petersburg, Va., Gloria Ferguson of Sunbury, N.C., and Walker L. Jr., of Arlington; a sister, Christine East of Greensboro, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.