OBITUARY

Richard S. Walker

May 5, 1951March 14, 2014
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Richard S. Walker, 62, of Homosassa, passed away on Fri., March 14, 2014 at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center. A native of Jasper, AL, he was born May 5, 1951 to Ernest and Cora (Mai) Walker, one of four children. Mr. Walker was a 27 year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, serving at the Crystal River Post Office his entire career. Richard moved to Citrus County in 1981 and served his country in the U.S. Navy for 8 years and was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. Mr. Walker held a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. He was a faithful and active member of the First Baptist Church of Homosassa, serving as a deacon, bus driver, Sunday School teacher, and in especially any capacity where the children of the church were involved. Richard loved the Lord , his family, his “bus kids”, the mountains, camping, and taking walks with his dog, Mojo. He touched lives in quiet, simple ways and will be truly missed by all. Mr. Walker is survived by his wife of nearly 18 years, Theresia A. Walker, Homosassa; three children; Preston “David” Hall (wife Krystal), Ocala; daughter Chrissa LaFleur (significant other Jammie Jones), Ocala; Ivan “Burt” Hall (wife Kerry), Charlotte, NC; brothers Ernie Walker, Crossville, TN; David Walker, Yankeetown and Jeffrey Walker, Sr., Homosassa; grandchildren Jeremiah, Emily, Klara, Josiah, Amber (husband Nate), Ali (husband Richard), Ashley (husband Ryan), Stephen, Jessica (husband Therman), Kylee, Kenzie and Ivan III and great grandchildren Jayson, Trinity, Gabriel, Novalynn and William; nephew Jeffrey Walker, Jr. and nieces Monika and Linsey Walker. Richard was preceded in death by a son, Jason Hall, in 2008. Friends will be received on Thurs., March 20, 2014 from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church of Homosassa, where a funeral service will commence at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Alan Ritter officiating, preceded by military honors rendered by American Legion Post 155 and the U.S. Navy. Interment will follow at Fountains Memorial Park, Homosassa. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa. www.wilderfuneral.com

Services

  • Friends Will Be Received Thursday, March 20, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 20, 2014
  • Interment Thursday, March 20, 2014
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Richard S. Walker

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Cheryl Turman

April 1, 2014

Theresia, know that our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. I was taken back when I received the news that Richard had gone home to be with the Lord. I do understand your loss and all I can say is the Lord will keep you and give you His peace and knowing that Richard is there waiting for us to join him is a blessing for all of us. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know. Cheryl and Chuck Turman

Alan Ritter

March 31, 2014

This past Sunday was a reminder of me that Richard had gone home to be with the Lord. As I passed by his Sunday School room I saw a vacant chair that used to be occupied by him. Troy Allen drove the van instead of Richard. We watched a video segment of our Sunday School ministry that was filmed prior to his passing. In this video he appeared twice – once standing in the classroom taking the prayer requests as he did each Sunday - and then secondly as he sat to hear and participant in the lesson on the Sundays that he wasn't the teacher. Richard was the example of the Christian that lived his life knowing that death was inevitable but the time of death was unknown. It was for this reason he lived every moment for the glory of His God that he might be pleasing unto Him unto his last breath…and this I believe he was! Immediately upon the notification that Richard had passed, our church family was taken back with an unexpectant sorrow for the loss of a brother in Christ, who at the same time was suddenly overwhelmed with happiness, as he was carried into the presence of God by the angels. Many people do not know what they have until its gone – not so with Richard. We knew what we had and now miss him tremendously as he is gone. He is gone temporarily from our presence, but not for a moment from our hearts. He has left an indelible fingerprint upon every life he came in contact with. Brother Richard, as we pray and care for the beloved you left behind, we envy you as you've exchanged the pothole filled roads of Homosassa for the street that is paved with gold.
Pastor Alan

March 28, 2014

Richard was always a pleasure to see in the post office. He always had a great smile on his face and was happy to help everyone. I am sure he brought joy to all the family and friends in his community. Crystal River

Barbara Moody

March 28, 2014

My deepest sympathy to the Walker family and most especially to Theresia. Richard was a man of God and he was a blessing to anyone fortunate enough to have known him. I met him at church and he was always smiling and so kind to all. God has his reasons for everything and we have to accept that He had a special need for Richard at this time. We can only hope to be as good as Richard in our daily walk through life. Be strong, Theresia, because you will find that Richard will always be with you. You will feel his presence and he will take care of you as he always did. I will pray for strength for you.

God Bless....

John & Dee Kressin

March 23, 2014

So sorry for your loss we know of you and Richard through church.visitors from Iowa we already missed him today

March 23, 2014

so very sorry to hear about Richard,,,he was always such a pleasure at the post office,,our sympathies to his family and friends,,

Marcia & Randy Samuelson

March 22, 2014

Mrs. Walker and family,
We knew Richard through the post office where he always greeted us with a smile and called us by name. He was open about his faith and love for his wife and family. We chatted on Facebook and he followed the 5 surgeries and recovery of our puppy Yogi.There's no doubt in our minds that Richard has crossed over and is watching over you now, with you every minute of the day. May you find comfort in your faith and wonderful memories. God bless, Marcia & Randy Samuelson

Lori Sonnenreich

March 21, 2014

Thoughts and prayers to Richards family. This is such sad news and he will be missed!

Jim and Becky Smith

March 21, 2014

Our deepest sympathies for your profound loss. May you find at least some small comfort in these remembrances and may you find peace in knowing how loved and respected Richard was in his community.

George Ann Jackson

March 21, 2014

My deepest sympathy goes out to the Walker Family. Going to the post office will never be the same without Richard standing there to help me. He fully loved the Lord and he let it be known through our small chats, I will miss that.