Mr. John Neal "Johnny" Walker
- May 3, 1925 - February 18, 2013
- Mount Olive, North Carolina
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“Although I never met Mr. Johnny's girls, I know he was very proud of you.
He was my first boss and I liked and respected him very much. He was a...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Cecile Langley Mooney - NC
“Ann, so sorry for you loss. I am so glad I bumped into you all at the New Year's Pickle drop a year ago. Your Dad always remembered me as a "local"...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Connie Miller Jones - Mt. Olive, NC
“Mr. Walker was a wonderful mentor who was full of life and wisdom. He was always there to give a hand and word of advice to a young man trying to...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Rev Patrick Muston - Mount Olive, NC
“Having known Mr Walker for so many years, I could fill pages with memories of him. From Mama working at the pickle company, to all my siblings...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Debbie Jones - Calypso, NC
“I met Johnny Walker when my family moved to Mount Olive in 1981. He became not only a great friend, but one of my favorite "characters" of the...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Al - Smithfield, NC - Friend
“What a wonderful person you were and you will always be remembered.
6 of 18 | Posted by: Dickie and Brenda Reaves - NC
“I can only say "Charlie Noble at the Yardarm" for a life well-lived. Love, Connie
7 of 18 | Posted by: Connie Wells - Mount Olive, NC
“I first met Mr. Walker after I graduated from high school and I worked at Mt Olive Pickle Company the summer before starting college.
I attended My...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: David Maxwell - Fayetteville , NC
“Mr.Johnny never met a stranger.......he was a great friend to everyone. Mount Olive not only lost a wonderful man but an icon of the town and...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Gayle Joyner - Faison, NC
“The Mount Olive College Tennis Teams would like to thanks Mr. Walker for all of his contributions to the college and its' tennis program. We will...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Kevin Coghill - Mount Olive, NC
“i can't begin to express my special thoughts of mr.johnny. i worked at the mount olive tribune for many years and he was a frequent visitor. I worked...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: ruth worrell lee and husband Troy - NC
“Ann and Lea. Our neighborhood days in Mt. Olive were so special as were both you mom and dad. It was always great to be a part of the Mt. Olive...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Doug Grimes - Winston-Salem, NC
13 of 18 | Posted by: Bill Scott Jr - Burlignton, NC
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you! What a gem Mr. Johnny was! Miss Margaret was a saint! What wonderful Christian witnesses. We are grateful...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Diana & Steve Frazier - Fairbury, NE
“In all of our 45 years in Mount Olive the times spent with John Neal Walker have been the most meaningful, full of the absolutely best advice, ...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Willis Brown - Mount Olive, NC
“On behalf of the Wayne County Historical Association and the Museum please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of Mr. Johnnie Walker. He...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Brantley Partin/Christopher Lawson - NC
“Your daddy always sparked a laugh from me with his unusual hand shakes and many other "talents". My thoughts are with you. May you find comfort in...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Donna Fields
“Ann & Lea..... very sorry for your loss.... I have very fond memories of Johnny growing up next door in Mt. Olive. Please know that our thoughts and...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Michael & Laurel Parker - NC
JOHN NEAL WALKER
May 3, 1925–February 18, 2013
John Neal Walker, 87, of 208 Crest Drive, Mount Olive, N.C. died on Monday, February 18, 2013.
He was born in Graham, North Carolina, the son of William Bason Walker of Prospect Hill and Cornelia Moss Wilkinson of Ridgeville. His grandparents were Gabriel Lea and Ida Bason Walker of Prospect Hill and Daniel E. and Eliza Hughes Wilkinson of Ridgeville.
A memorial service will be conducted by his minister, Steven Wicks on Tuesday, February 26 at 2 p.m. at the Mount Olive Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends after the service in the church fellowship hall or at the home at other times. Visitation at Tyndall Funeral Home will be on Monday, February 25, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interment will be at the Memorial Garden in Montreat, North Carolina at a later date.
Walker is survived by daughters Ann Fulton Walker of Winston-Salem and Lea Ravenel Walker of Raleigh, grandsons Dalton Prioleau Marshall and Stuart Haizlip Marshall of Raleigh, a niece and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Margaret Adger Fulton Walker, their daughter Patricia Neal Walker, and his brothers Daniel Lea Walker and William Bason Walker.
Johnny grew up in Burlington, was a member of First Presbyterian Church, and attended Burlington High School where he played football and tennis, and appeared in several dramatic productions. He was a 1947 graduate of Davidson College, his beloved alma mater, where he played football and tennis, was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and was given the Alumni Service Award in 2002. He received a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University in 1949.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a lieutenant (junior grade), playing football for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while in the V12 program there. Walker was stationed at Asbury Park, New Jersey and attended midshipman's school at Northwestern in Chicago. Later he served as fire marshal aboard the Essex class aircraft carrier, USS Tarawa.
Starting in January, 1950, he was employed for over forty years by the Mt. Olive Pickle Company, thirty-five as president. While there, he inaugurated the New Year's Eve pickle drop, introduced sugar-free pickle products, and developed many marketing programs to promote the Mt. Olive brand from the corner of Cucumber and Vine. Innovations in food science and crop enhancements were also endorsed and championed by him. Johnny served on the Pickle Packers International board of directors for thirty-five years, was its president for two, and was a winner of its Silver Shadow Award for leaders in the pickle industry.
He has been a member of the Mount Olive Presbyterian Church since 1950, serving as elder, deacon, treasurer, trustee, clerk of session, and Sunday school teacher.
Johnny was a charter member of the Mount Olive Jaycees, served as its president, and received its Distinguished Service Award in 1962. He served on the boards of Davidson College, Mount Olive College, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Southern Bank, The Salvation Army, Flynn Home in Goldsboro, and the Medical Benevolence Foundation. He took an active interest in young people as evidenced by his involvement with the Read to Succeed program in the local schools and a county mentoring program. He was honored to have the tennis facility at Mount Olive College named for him in 2002 and to be recognized on the Wayne County Wall of Fame in 2003.
Among his favorite things were playing tennis doubles with Farfour, Thunberg, and Winslow in Goldsboro, his Border collies Mo and Molly, vacations in Montreat, meals with the Southern Belle family, and dear friends Ed Sutton, Bill Moore, Byron Bryan, Charlie Thompson, Lindsay Warren, and Lawrence Crocker. He regularly attended and enjoyed reunions of his high school and college classmates, serving as master of ceremonies for many years at annual events in Burlington, and frequently returning to Davidson with the war years alumni and for sporting events.
Those wishing to commemorate Johnny's life may consider memorial gifts to: The Davidson Trust, Davidson College, Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035; The Montreat Fund, Mountain Retreat Association, Post Office 969, Montreat, NC 28757, or Mount Olive College (John N. Walker Memorial Fund), 634 Henderson Street, Mount Olive, NC 28365.