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Harold Walker Click for Condolences      Printable Version
1943 - 2019

Harold WalkerOn Sunday, July 7, 2019, there was a great loss experienced in the Walker family. Harold “Hawk” “Gummy” Walker, 75, of Salt Rock, passed away at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He left behind countless friends and family who loved him dearly and who are heartbroken to see him go. He was a dedicated and devoted father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. The ways he helped his family and the small community where he lived cannot be measured. His knowledge of many subjects was unbelievable, and his ability to fix anything was astounding. His life was a testament to how we should treat each other and the measuring stick by which we all should live. He touched the lives of so many and his laugh was contagious. He will never know how much his family loved and respected him. His children and grandchildren adored him beyond imagination and his passing has left a void that will never be filled. He was born November 10, 1943, a son of the late Raymond and Connie Walker. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from Huntington Alloys. He was also instrumental in the caretaking of the Mt. Zion/Ross Cemetery. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Janice Marie (Triplett) Walker; a brother, William “Billy” Walker; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Willa Triplett; brothers-in-law, Lewis, Ed (Ruth) Triplett; and great-niece, Brittany Cremeans. A loving father to three children, Joe (Anita) Walker, Willa (Gerry) Midkiff, and Cheryl (Anthony) Thompson, all of Salt Rock, and Lou Lou Adkins, who was like a daughter; seven grandchildren, Tanya Ferrell, Tadd (Amber) Walker, Chad (Rebecca) Walker, Joseph (Megan) Midkiff, Morgan Midkiff, Tanner and Andrew Thompson, Sarah Smith who was like a granddaughter; four great-grandchildren, Samantha, Shelby and Wyatt Walker and Emsley Midkiff; one brother, Greg “Tal” (Natalie) Walker; two sisters, Elaine (Willis) Cremeans, Beverly (Don) Harbour; brother-in-law, Mark (Beverly) Triplett; sisters-in-law, Brenda (Robert) Touchon, Barbara (Danny) Johnson and Mamie (Jimmy) Adkins; many wonderful nieces, nephews and a host of friends; and special traveling friend, Dorothy Chapman, who helped him enjoy the last few months seeing the beautiful hills of West Virginia. Hawk was steadfast, honest, caring, ever learning, and ever teasing. He was always willing to help a friend or neighbor in need. He had the best mule ‘e-awe’ in the country. He enjoyed music and working on mechanical engines. There wasn’t anything he could not fix. A rock to all his family and friends, he will be sadly missed by all. A bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck...Goodnight Irene. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Zion-Ross Cemetery, Salt Rock, with Pastor David Cardwell and Pastor Gary Wilson officiating. Wallace Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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There are currently 10 condolences.

Matthew Adkins
Thursday July 11, 2019 at 4:30 PM

I have all but good memories of Hawk and Jan, most of them in my younger years. Even though I have not spoken to Hawk in a few years, he never forgot about me and my boys. He would make sure to remember them during Christmas time, even though he may have only seen them a couple times within his life. I know a lot you know Hawk a lot more than I do, but there is no doubt he was more about giving unto others than he was about receiving. Joe, Willann, and Cheryl my thoughts and prayers are with you. I love you all and may the Lord be with you.
Bernard, Sharon & Jonathan Walker
Thursday July 11, 2019 at 11:41 AM

Heartfelt condolences to Willa, Cheryl, Joe and the rest of Hawk’s family members. We loved and respected Hawk especially Jonathan. He loved bed to come to what he called “the country” to see Hawk. He especially liked riding in the golf cart to go up to the cemetery. We are in Myrtle Beach and so sad we could not get back to be there with. Please know that u were in our thoughts and prayers. Bernard would run into sometimes when he came to the VA Medical center. Bernard loved Hawk like a brother. He will be now be with family who loved him and will take him into their arms in Heaven. Everyone will remember him as pilar if his community. He was a great man that affected all the people’s lives he touched. He will be missed by many. We love you. Hugs and kisses. Bernard, Sharon & Jonathan.
David Lovejoy
Wednesday July 10, 2019 at 6:05 PM

Just wanted to express my sincere condolences to the family as they grieve the passing of this true gentleman. Hawk had whatever that 'magic' that the Walker men have, which makes you feel instant trust and kinship. He was kind and a welcome and comforting should at my dad's passing at the end of 2013. Certainly he will be missed, and the example he set while living and which is heartily attested to by his friends and family, will now be carried on by all those who knew and loved him. A man can hope for no better legacy than the respect of those who crossed his path and considered him a 'good man'... God open your arms to welcome Hawk and please comfort and strengthen his family and friends during this time of loss. In Christ's name, Amen.
Robin Gatens
Wednesday July 10, 2019 at 10:03 AM

Hawk was a wonderful person we thought the world of him an loved him he always treated my kids like his grandkids. Always sending messages saying tell me bunny an Justin what ever holiday it what was going on he will be so missed I’m so sorry I can’t be there tomorrow but know I’m there in thought prayers an love to you all. If there’s ever anything I can do please please let me no know. I love you all an I’m so sorry
Robin Gatens
Wednesday July 10, 2019 at 9:57 AM

I’m so so sorry we thought the world of hawk an loved him he was a wonderful person an will be missed he always treated my kids like his grand kids. Even as grown kids he would always say tell ms bunny an Justin what ever holiday it was or what ever was going on they thought the world of him too. He will be so missed I’m sorry I can’t be there for you all tomorrow but I’ll be praying for you so hard an with you this evening an tomorrow sending lots of prayers hugs an love. I’m always here if there’s anything I can do please please let me know. Love u all.
Bill Keyser
Wednesday July 10, 2019 at 9:02 AM

What a great privilege to know such a wonderful man! He was always there for everyone that needed him. Growing up in Salt Rock with a wonderful caring person like Hawk my what a pleasure. He treated my grandson Alex just like his own. Lots of memories growing up with him!!
David Lee Thompson
Wednesday July 10, 2019 at 5:22 AM

What an epitaph for one who is so deserving! He was my son’s father-in-law; “Papaw Hawk” to my grandsons; my daughter-in-law called him “Dad;” and my wife, “Tootsie,” and I knew him throughout elementary, junior high, and high school as “Gummy.” This is the reason it was always so difficult for me to call him “Hawk.” Perhaps most importantly, however, the man who wore these different names and titles was my dear friend—my fixer of things. I never went to him with a problem but what he had the solution. And all the while he was in this problem-solving mode, we talked, we reminisced, and we laughed. His laugh was louder than mine. It echoed off the hills up and down Reuben Branch where he lived. Today, the hills have been silenced. Even they know there’s a time to pay respect.
Barbara & Danny Johnson
Tuesday July 9, 2019 at 4:15 PM

Sincerest sympathy to Joe, Willa Ann, Cheryl & family. Hawk will be missed. He was a talented & fine man devoted to his family.
Rhonda Newman Groves
Tuesday July 9, 2019 at 10:55 AM

Hawk was a generous and giving person. He will be missed so much. Love and prayers to his family.
Julanna Bills
Tuesday July 9, 2019 at 10:05 AM

Hawk always made me smile. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you all in this time of sorrow.

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