Shirley R Walker
September 25, 1935 – October 9, 2020
Shirley Rae Rivenbark Walker was born on September 25, 1935, in Wallace, North Carolina, the daughter of George Bryant and Katie Blanton Rivenbark. She graduated from Wallace High School and worked for the Wilmington, N.C., Star-News. In 1961, she married James D. Walker and later lived in Wilmington, North Carolina; Baltimore, Maryland; Highland Park, Illinois; Norman, Oklahoma, and Katy, Texas. In each of these locations, she was employed as a graphics arts designer, advancing as an expert in the computer age. She worked for various publications, including the Wilmington (N.C.) Star-News, Baltimore (Md) News-American, and Speedhorse (Oklahoma) Publications, retiring in 2010 as a graphics arts designer for the Katy (Texas) Independent School District. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years James D. Walker, daughter Kelly Margret, son Daniel Curtis, and five grandchildren: Curtis Walker, Kacie Cardenas, David Cardenas Jr., Shaelie Cardenas and Dakota Ashby. Mrs. Walker is preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 23, 2020 at Advantage Funeral Home, 7010 Chetwood Dr. Houston, Tx 77081.
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Shirley R Walker
October 15, 2020
Dixie, we have you in our thoughts and prayers during these trying times. We both smile when thinking of you two at the company Christmas parties! As most of us men have, you married way over your head!!
Much love to you and your family.
John Lee and Pixie
October 14, 2020
1ST ,to beautiful Shirley !
Thank you for for keeping Jim Walker off the streets and gainfully employed for these past 59 years.!!!
Shirley and Jim's match was truly one made in Heaven. How else could it happen that a a country boy sportswriter from Hartford Co.,Md would get to Wilmington,NC for a perfect connection, with an opening line probably something like "you sure are purty". And then for them to be shared with so many of us blessed to be in their universe across the years .Shirley and Jim were as close to pure good as we'll get !
Our sincerest condolences to Jim, family, loved ones and friends.
RIP DEAR SHIRLEY !
Day & Ron Sisk & Family
October 13, 2020
I first remember Shirley as one of the regulars, like myself, that used our senior apartment's grocery shopping van.
She had this great sense of humor that added a delightful dimension of the weekly trips to the supermarket.
I remember at our continental breakfasts that she would stop by our "guys only table" ,with husband Jim in attendance, and get in some kidding that kick started our day in a chuckling direction.
Jim and Shirley lived just a few doors down from my apartment and everytime I saw those two I said to myself .."now that is a very devoted couple!"
I was confidant that they could put together the ideal marriage seminar drawing on their vast experience that resulted in a 59 year permanent relationship for those young couples about to launch their ship on the sea of matrimony.
In my life's journey I have met some wonderful people along my path and I would say that Shirley is one of them.
Gonna miss ya Shirley.
October 12, 2020
The love you and Shirley shared is something that can never be taken away. Hold on to that and know that those memories are with you always. It has been our pleasure and good fortune to know you and Shirley and to be your neighbors. Rodney and I will miss our sweet and spunky friend.
Rodney and Jeanette Allen