Donald S. Walker, 89, of Dublin, Virginia died on March 30 at Highland Ridge Nursing Home. He was born October 30, 1919 and the son of the late Edward Guy and Alline W. Walker. He was the last child in the family having being preceded in death by his siblings, Cam, Edward Guy, Kent, Fernando, LaCania, Fannie Mae, and Althea. Donald attended Christiansburg Institute and was a member of the Faith Tabernacle United Holiness Church. Many of us remember Donald from his years of working at Dublin High School and Dublin Middle School in the cafeteria. After his retirement, he kept himself busy on the streets of Dublin wearing a coat, hat and carrying his cane on his arm. Never having driven a car, we saw him walking wherever he went — to Wades, Save-X for kerosene, to the bank, church, Hardees and even out to the Town Center Post Office. He accepted rides offered him and loved to talk about his church, friends, and the weather. Many Dublin people worried about him walking in the middle of the road instead of on the sidewalk so that may have been a reason for many Dublin people gladly offering him a ride. Toward the end of his life, he needed help from his neighbors and church friends. Calls were often made about his welfare. Many were grateful for the Department of Social Services and Brenda Thomas for getting him into the nursing home and for Dr. David Stanley becoming his Guardian. There he was clean, well fed, and "always going home on Friday". He now is at home and we all hope there is a road he can walk.
A memorial service for Mr. Walker will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at Faith Tabernacle United Holiness Church.
The Walker Family is in the care of Penn’s Funeral Home in Pulaski.