WALKER, Gary Richard (1947 - 2018)
Mr. Gary Richard “Rick” Walker, 71, of Barbourville, passed away Monday evening, November 12, 2018 at his home. Born April 3, 1947 in Porterdale, GA, he was the son of the late Clifford M. Walker Sr. and Letitia Hollingsworth Walker, grandson of John and Corrine Hollingsworth of Newton County, GA and raised in Irwin County, GA by his paternal grandparents, Lige and Lena Walker, after the death of his parents when he was young.
Rick graduated from the University of Georgia earning a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, served in the Georgia Army National Guard and retired from the Orange County Public School System in Florida as a Fire Safety Inspector. Rick served as a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Central Florida in Orlando, FL and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Barbourville. He enjoyed hunting, cooking, gardening, building things and loved spending time with his grandchildren.
On November 20, 1976, he united in marriage with Kathryn Jane Fouts and to this union two children were born.
Survivors include his loving wife, Kathryn Jane Walker, Barbourville; two children, Drew Walker and Andrea of Barbourville and Doug and Letitia Walker McMichen of Kennesaw, GA; siblings, Clifford M. Walker Jr. and wife, Jill, of Hartwell, GA and Cheryl Walker of Covington, GA; three grandchildren, Clayton, Corbin and Cheyanne Walker; many nieces, nephews and in-laws; among other loved ones and dear friends.
A memorial service will be conducted at the First Baptist Church of Barbourville Saturday, December 1 at 11 A.M. with Rev. Shane Nickell and Rev. John Walker officiating.
A time of fellowship for family and friends will immediately follow the service.
The family requests expressions of sympathy go to the missions fund at the First Baptist Church of Barbourville or The Gideons International in his memory.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Knox Funeral Home.