Robert (Bob, Bobby) Allen Walker, Sr., 74 of Brunswick, Ga. passed away Friday, June 3, 2016 at Sears Manor Nursing Home under hospice care.
Mr. Walker was born July 13, 1941 in Branford, Fla. to Allen Fred and Florence Lois (Johnson) Walker.
He is survived by his daughter Laura (Walker) Morrison and her husband, Jeffrey, of Brunswick, three grandchildren, Ansley, Walker and Laney Morrison; his son Robert "Allen" Walker, Jr. of Pasadena, Ca.; his nieces Margaret Ann Cunningham of Ponce Inlet, Fla., Phyllis Schmits and her husband, Mike, of Chattanooga, Tn. and Leah Powell McKay of Atlanta, Ga.; a nephew, Robert Powell; and great-nieces Beth Rice Shure of Orlando, Fla., Kristen Schmits Gavilanes of Gainesville, Fla. and Sarah Beth and Caroline McKay; and great nephew, Don Rice of Gainesville, Fla.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Florence; two brothers, Warren and J.C. Walker; and two sisters, Margaret Walker Goff and Beth Walker Koon.
Mr. Walker graduated from Branford High School. At the age of sixteen, he was in a tragic car accident that took the lives of two of his best friends and left another friend injured. The accident left Mr. Walker in a coma for 2 weeks and blind in his right eye. In spite of his injuries and concern for his future, Mr. Walker was able to graduate high school with the support of his family and friends such as Herbert Box. He also earned a Bachelor's degree from Florida State University in social welfare. During his time in Tallahassee, he developed a strong devotion to the FSU Seminoles and cheered for every sport the Seminoles played, especially football. In his last days, hearing the FSU fight song would bring a smile to his face. Also while at FSU he met a fellow student, Thomas Farmer, a.k.a. Tommy. Tommy and Bob remained close friends through the years and Bob loved Tommy more like a brother. After college, Bob moved to Atlanta, Ga. where he interned with Goodwill Industries and met Jane McLeod, who he would later marry and have his two children with. From Atlanta he took a job in Waycross, Ga. where he developed a vocational rehabilitation center that provided job skills training and employment support to those with developmental and physical disabilities. Waycross was his home for thirty years. Mr. Walker was well-suited for this job due to his own physical limitations and dearly loved all those he worked with. The rehabilitation center ("The Workshop") also hosted gospel sings over the years, which was the type of music that always brought comfort to Mr. Walker. Mr. Walker was a Shriner and was affiliated with the Lions Club Camp for the Blind. He had a great sense of humor and was known to his family for his unconditional love and his gentle and kind spirit.
In 2000, Mr. Walker moved to the Golden Isles of Georgia and resided in St Simons and Brunswick where he spent most of the last sixteen years of his life. For a short period of time, he lived in Dowling Park, Fla. where he was able to be near his sister, Beth. He is now residing in his heavenly home where his sight has been completely restored and he is reunited with those loved ones who have gone before him. Until his family and friends here on earth see him again, we remember a great father, granddaddy, uncle, friend and devoted alumni of the FSU Seminoles.
A memorial service for Mr. Walker will be held on Sunday, June 26 at 2 p.m. in Branford, Fla. at the Ephesus Advent Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks kindly for donations to be made to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund or the Ephesus Advent Christian Church.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Live Oak & Branford, Fla. is in charge of arrangements.
Published on June 24, 2016