OBITUARY

James William Walker M.D.

August 16, 1927August 22, 2013

James William Walker, M.D., died August 22, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida. He was born in Cookeville, Tennessee, August 16, 1927. After graduating from high school, he attended Vanderbilt University until he was old enough to enlist in the Navy’s V-5 program. At the end of WWII he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy planning to continue his career as a Naval aviator. During his plebe year he developed eye problems so he resigned at the end of the year and returned to Vanderbilt. Soon after graduating in 1949, he married Mary Bartlum of Orlando, Florida. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School, and completed his internship and a year as a pediatric resident at the former Duval Medical Center before serving two more years in the Navy as a medical officer at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. After completing his residency at Tulane University, he returned to Jacksonville to practice pediatrics with Dr. Richard G. Skinner. When Dr. J. Alfred Bowers joined them, they became known as Children’s Medical Group. He was active in the Duval County Medical Society, the Florida Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He also served on various boards in the community and was a member of the Southside Rotary Club. He left his practice to serve in several positions in the medical administration field. After he retired as the Director of the St. Johns County Health Dept., the Walkers moved to Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, a retirement community in Gainesville, Florida. His parents, Leslie James Walker and May Hensley Clark, and a sister Willeen Stanton, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Mary, his sons James William Walker, Jr., Leonard Bartlum Walker and his wife Elizabeth, and James William Walker, III, his granddaughter Sara Elizabeth Walker, and his grandsons Paul Weltch Walker and his wife Karen, John Bartlum Walker, and Henry William Walker, and his great grandson, Paul Weltch Walker, Jr. He is survived by his sister, Catherine Compton of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, her children Susan Lowe and David Compton, and the children of his deceased sister: Bruce, Bill, Leslie, and John Stanton and Catherine Howington. He will be buried in the family plot at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville, FL. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alachua County Humane Society, 4205 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL 32609 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the directions of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 729 S Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, FL.

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Charlene Petersen

August 30, 2013

Dr. Walker was my pediatrician while raising three children. I thought he was the best! Then, 25 years later, he became my boss when I worked for the Florida Dept. of Health. He was just as kind, considerate and caring as my boss as he was when treating my children. I always thought of him as the consummate southern gentleman. I feel fortunate for having known him and worked for him. Rest in peace, Dr. Walker.

Lisa Broward

August 30, 2013

I had the pleasure of working for Dr. Walker for many years at HRS, and he was a great boss! I was so sorry to hear that he had passed away, but have many fond memories of those years. I smile when I think of Dr. Walker! Best wishes and prayers to his family.

August 27, 2013

Drs. Skinner and Walker were my children's pediatricians and it was Dr. Walker who searched the country and found the best pediatric surgeons for my son. I will always be grateful. My deepest sympathy to you, Mary, your children and grandchildren with special thoughts to Bodie whom I knew when he was a child.
Grace DuPree

Frances (Nutt) Hallett

August 27, 2013

Mary, I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Walker's death. I worked with him at PIMCO in its beginning years and thought so highly of him. I also have fond memories of the Tennessee/Florida football game we attended together in Knoxville, hosted by John Roberts. I was interested in reading about your children and their children in the obit. You will all be in my thoughts.

Jan Stillwell

August 27, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of Dr. Walker's passing. I also worked for Children's Medical Group. I count those as the best nursing years of my career. It was a very busy office, often times 5 of the 7/8 partners seeing patients at the same time! Dr Walker was an organizer! He ran a tight ship. He was also a dear friend. Love and prayers to to Mary and all the family.

August 26, 2013

Mrs. Walker and family, I am very sorry for the loss of Dr. Walker. My mom, June Dixon, saw this in the paper today. He was my baby doctor and Children's Medical Group. My mom thought the world of him, he was a wonderful doctor. I know he made a difference in this world by all the children he cared for and the kind words others have written. Again we are sorry for your loss. Jane Dixon Dillard and June Dixon, Jacksonville, Florida

August 26, 2013

Mary, I was so sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. He will always hold a special place in my heart. Love, Debbie Tucker

Linda Winter Beck

August 25, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. As a child I did see all three pediatricians but Dr. Walker was always my favorite! I think I even went to him once or twice as a young adult because I did not want to change doctors (and I'm turning 58 soon!) He was always so kind, caring, and pleasant. I moved away from Florida after college so my mom sent me this link today. I know he will be greatly missed!

Cheryl Ellis

August 25, 2013

I worked with Dr. Walker when he was with the Health Department. He was a wonderful man who I have thought of fondly over the years. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jean Eilers

August 25, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Walker's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I was a nurse at CMG for 18 years. He was a wonderful doctor and it was a honor to work for him. He expected the best from everyone that worked there, just as he gave his best to his patients.