Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
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In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
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Mr. John David Walker, Jr. of the Hickory Grove Community departed this life at his home on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the age of 65. He was born March 8, 1948, in Newport the oldest child of J.D. Walker, Sr. and Marjorie (Davenport) Walker.
John was a 1967 graduate of Tuckerman High School. After high school he attended college at Southern Baptist College in Walnut Ridge and Arkansas State College in Jonesboro.
On September 4, 1971, Miss Linda Hunter and Mr. John David Walker, Jr. were married. They made their home in Hickory Grove. In 1972, John’s father took he and his brother, Richard, helped them get a loan and the brothers began farming as John and Richard Walker Farms. Although the operation grew and name changed, the heart of the business remained the same, two brothers enjoying hard work and providing for their families together.
Known to most as John or “Big John,” this quiet, gentle man will most be remembered for his great love of family. He treasured his relationship with his parents and brother, he faithfully loved his wife, Linda, for over 41 years, and his greatest joy and love were his 2 children and 4 grandchildren. John was interested in and enjoyed keeping up with current events. He especially liked keeping a close eye on his DTN which allowed him to keep up with the commodity markets and be informed about what was going on in the world outside his own. “Big John’s” world by day was farming and anyone who knew him, knew that his love day and night was his family.
Through the years, John enjoyed horses and gardening. His Christian faith was evident by the way he conducted business, treated his many friends, and loved his family.
John was preceded in death by his parents, J.D. Walker, Sr. and Marjorie (Davenport) Walker, an infant sister, and his father in law, Herman Hunter and mother-in-law, Dora (Whitley) Hunter.
He is survived by his wife, Linda (Hunter) Walker, of the home, one son, John David Walker, III, and wife, Mandy, of Swifton, one daughter, Laura Ann King and husband, Greg, of Hickory Grove, four grandchildren, Madison Walker, Elizabeth Walker, Jesse King, and Jake King; one brother, Richard Lynn Walker and wife, Beth, of Hickory Grove. Also surviving is one aunt, Jean Roberts, several nieces and nephews, Rob Walker, Becky Walker, Beverly Haggard, and Ashley Redd and a host of other family members, and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Thursday, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Friday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Burgess officiating. Interment will follow in Dowell’s Chapel Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Wayne Freeman, Don Roberts, Rickey Hembrey, Millard Eddington, Tim Burzynski, and Jerry Burgess. Honorary pallbearers are Thomas Franks, John Cheshier, Ray Clark, Johnny Arter, Jared Haggard, Austin Ford, Miriam (Hunter) Moore, Tommy Davenport, and Don Shelton.
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