UTICA — A funeral service for Homer “John” Walker, 76, of Utica, will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Martinsburg Community Church, 166 E. Liberty St., with Pastor Ben McKinstry officiating. Burial will follow in Martinsburg Methodist Cemetery.
John died Feb. 17, 2012, at Knox Community Hospital, Mount Vernon. He was born June 4, 1935, in Orient Hill, W.Va., to the late Mattie V. McMann.
John was employed by Kaiser Aluminum, Heath, for 20 years; Wills Creek Energy, Coshocton, for 10 years; and was an oil field mechanic for several years. He was a North Fork school bus driver, worked for Wahl Motor Sales and was an auto body man. John was proud of John’s Tack Shop and his hobbies were buying and selling tack, horses and ponies.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean (Smith) Walker of Utica; he was the father of seven sons who were very proud of their father, Sheldon Walker and Lisa Meyers, Johnnie Walker, Mike and Mindy Walker, Tim Walker, Kevin and Frankie Walker, Keith Walker and Kelly Walker, all of Utica; grandchildren, Brittany, Johnathan, Holly, Serinna, Kaylee, Paige, Cody, Kandis, Dustin, Dakota and Sydney; great-grandchildren, Kamryn, Madelyn and Taya; brother, Richard Walker; sisters, Pat Hankins and Nellie Grant, all of Utica.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jeanie Renae; brother, Bob Walker.
Friends may call today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at Martinsburg Community Church, 166 E. Liberty St., Martinsburg.
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