James Howard Walker, 79, of South Mills, N.C., and formerly of Fauquier County, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
He was born October 18, 1940 in Elba, Ala., to the late Howard Dixon Walker and Lema Estelle Rice Walker.
He was the widower of Sheila Allison Henzey Walker.
Mr. Walker’s upbringing in Alabama always provided warm memories. On the family farm, he learned a work ethic and strength that remained with him the rest of his life.
After graduating from Auburn University, he served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. He then worked as an electrical engineer for the Department of Defense and travelled the world with the U.S. Navy. He always seemed to enjoy his work.
Mr. Walker raised five children and lived a prolific family life in Fauquier County. He enjoyed coaching youth sports, teaching Sunday school and woodworking. He volunteered often, and his enthusiasm for investing in the younger generation was palpable.
He and his family attended St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church. His character was stoic and strong. His disposition was always cheerful and bravely optimistic.
He is survived by three daughters, Nicole Mariani of Virginia Beach, Katherine Gladwell (Vaughn) of South Mills, N.C., and Christine Hopkin (Luke) of Ruffs Dale, Pa.; two sons, James Walker (Kathryn) of Durham, N.C., and Matthew Walker (Susanna) of Warrenton; four sisters, Fay Arrington, Florence Gilmore, Katherine Fernandez and Karen Lindstrom; four brothers, John Walker, Harold Walker, Richard Walker and Charles Walker, and 11 grandchildren, Kaylee Mariani, Rylee Mariani, Caleb Mariani, Joceline Walker, James Leo Walker, Molly Gladwell, Gavin Gladwell, Braeden Gladwell, Brenna Gladwell, Oscar Walker, and Megan Walker.
He was predeceased by his sister, June Hardy, and his brother, David Walker.
His family will receive visitors from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, August 14, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 15, at Little Georgetown Cemetery near Broad Run, followed by an outdoor reception in the Lakeview pavilion in the Northern Fauquier Community Park near Marshall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com