John Walker

December 4, 1952January 31, 2021

John Patrick Walker died on Sunday, January 31, 2021, after a brief illness. He was 68. John was a gracious man with a wry wit, an environmentalist who was passionate about social justice. A spiritual man who always stood up for what was right, he was committed to building a more compassionate world. He served as the mayor of China and later founded a food pantry known as the Hardin Jefferson Hunger Initiative, to provide for his underserved community. A true Renaissance man, John was a poet, author, artist, craftsman, singer, songwriter, and musician who loved playing locally. He was a dedicated husband, father, son, and brother-in-law. John met Joy Adams (née Geisendorff), the love of his life, in 1997 and they were married three months later. Their partnership and soulful connection lasted 22 years. Together they raised a beautiful blended family that included John’s four children and Joy’s two. John was predeceased by his parents Donis and Robert Bennett and brother Roy Walker in California. He is survived by Joy Walker, his children Megan Kennel (Tim), Elisabeth Wing (Chris), Cody Walker (Anna), Lacy Walker, Emily Adams (Jesse Taylor), Thomas Adams, and four grandchildren, with another on the way. John was an attentive son-in-law and Jo Geisendorff cherished him, as did the whole Geisendorff family. There will be a Celebration of Life when it is warmer and pandemic restrictions are eased. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Hardin Jefferson Hunger Initiative in his honor.

We will love him forever, our Renaissance Man.


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Marie Venancio

February 9, 2021

I grew up next door to John, his folks Donis & Bob & Roy & his Wonderfully Funny Granndma❣️He was a Wonder, on the quiet side yet so very Kind. He gave me rides to Patrick Henry High on occasion.
Our Folks had a little Bridge my Father built between our houses, it was a Great Friendship we all shared.
I’m sorry to hear that he’s gone❣️
It must have been his time❣️
Most Sincerely & with Love & Thoughts

Carl Giese

February 8, 2021

I enjoyed playing and singing with John. This was in California many years befor he moved to Texas.

Gidget McKenzie-Helmick

February 8, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear about John's passing. I am truly in shock. I was having trouble with my computer and accidentally lost all of my friends on Facebook. Just yesterday I sent him a message to ask him to re-accept me, so I have heard nothing until today (Sunday, Feb. 7). Could you please tell me what happened to him? We went to Henry together, but were not really friends until the 40th reunion. We became friends after that and I bought and read his book The Hitchhikers Picture. He was so talented in so many ways. He truly cared about people, not just his friends either. He was indeed a great humanitarian. I hope he is in peace. I can't believe that he is gone. I loved his Facebook posts! We shared many of the same views. He will certainly be missed. He was such a witty and good guy. He was also easy on the eyes! Please accept my sympathy. (If the picture does go through I am the one on the far left and the rest is my family.

Katry Martin

February 4, 2021

Wishing you peace to bring comfort & the courage to face the days ahead & loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. I met John Thur the food bank . He was such a nice man.

Carl Giese

February 2, 2021

I had great respect for John. His talent was discovered earlier in our lives when he lived in California. I loved doing music with him and so happy he continued living his dream writing and playing his music. He was a kind, curious man and I can say was one of my best friends. This news is a painful surprise to me because I thought I would see him again. I am confident God has him in his band. My heart goes out to all of his family.

Colleen Bucci (Bennett)

February 2, 2021

I’m John’s cousin. John’s dad was my uncle Bob. We grew up playing together at our grandparents. Fond memories. We also went to the same High School. I’m so happy to have followed John on FB. He was a wonderful family man and a special person! He will be missed❤️