Rev. George C. Walker age 92 of New Tazewell was born November 19, 1928 and went home to be with the Lord January 17, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was a member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church. George joined the Army on the buddy system with his first cousin Ben Walker during the Korean Conflict. He served in the military in Germany as a military policeman. After returning to the states, he surrendered to the call of the ministry and served as pastor in the following churches; Carr’s Branch (twice), Cedar Grove, Cave Springs, Speedwell Academy and Walnut Hill. He also served as the moderator of the Northern Baptist Association multiple times. He held revivals in several churches in the tri-state area. He loved his grandchildren, was an avid gardener and small farmer and a proficient dishwasher.
He was preceded in death by his:
Parents: Frank and Leona Walker
Father and Mother-in-law: Flonza and Bessie Barker
Brothers: Leonard (Anna Mae) Walker, Bill (Lizzie Mae and Lou) Walker and Mylus Walker
Sisters: Ada (Lloyd) Cole and Bonnie (Gene) Bliss
Brothers-in-law: Basil Barker, Corum Keck and Bob Ogle
He is survived by his:
Loving wife of 66 years: Peggy Barker Walker
Son: Gary (Tammy) Walker
Daughter: Donna (Steve) Barnard
Grandchildren: Lance (Mary) Barnard, Brandon (fiancée Makayla) Barnard, Chris (Brittany) Walker, Joshua Barnard, Samantha (Blake) Arnold, Shannon (Joshua) Lieblong and Amy Barnard
Great Grandchildren: Kayla (Josh) Norwood, Matthew Johns, Tyler (Savannah) Johns, Riley Barnard, Cooper Barnard, Landon Barnard, Bryleigh and Isabel Walker, Judah and Hazel Arnold, Audrey and Jacob Lieblong
Brothers: Jay (GiGi) Walker, Bobby (Judy) Walker
Sisters: Dora Keck and Kathleen Ogle
Sisters-in-law: Muriel Walker and Gloria Barker
And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 5 PM till 7 PM with funeral services to follow at 7 PM in the Claiborne-Overholt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lance Barnard, Rev. Ronnie Pressnell and Rev. Kim Collingsworth officiating. Music will be provided David and Stephanie Cole.
Graveside services will be conducted Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 10:30 AM in the Fairview Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Grandsons: Lance Barnard, Brandon Barnard, Joshua Barnard, Chris Walker, Joshua Lieblong, Blake Arnold, Matthew Johns, Tyler Johns, Riley Barnard, Cooper Barnard, Landon Barnard
Honorary Pallbearers: Fellow pastors, ministers, and deacons
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Gideon Living Memorial Bible Plan
The family requests that all in attendance please wear a mask or face covering and observe social distancing
~ Claiborne~Overholt Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family ~