OBITUARY: John A. Walker


John A. Walker, age 76, of Murfreesboro, and formerly of Lebanon, passed away peacefully on February 6th, 2024, with his family by his side.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Nellie Walker, his in-laws, Preston and Pauline Fritts, and brothers-in-law, David Jackson, Eddie Mathis, and Randy Fritts.

John is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Kim Walker, their children, Eric (Kandy) Walker and Rachel (James) LeCroix and grandchildren, Arianna Walker, Kaylee Naron, Preston Naron, Matthew LeCroix, and Grant LeCroix. He is also survived by his brother, Coleman (Helen) Walker, sisters, Kathleen (Bobby) McCain, Carolyn Jackson, Peggie (Don) Vanhook, Joyce Mathis, Cheryl (Mark) Marsh, as well as many nieces, nephews, and other beloved family members.

John’s life began in Lebanon, where he graduated from Lebanon High School in 1965. He continued his education at Cumberland University, where he played baseball and graduated with an associate’s degree. Transitioning from player to umpire, he spent many years officiating softball games for Metro Parks. Furthering his education, John earned his bachelor’s degree in California. Following his academic pursuits, he dedicated over 30 years of his professional life to the Metro Nashville community, serving in pivotal roles within both the Health Department and Public Works as the Personnel Director.

Throughout his life, John remained a loyal fan of the Dodgers, following them from New York to Los Angeles. Known for his competitive spirit, he enjoyed playing various sports, including baseball, football, golf, and bowling. His passions extended beyond sports; he had a profound love for the music of Frank Sinatra, The Kingston Trio, and Simon and Garfunkel. Additionally, he shared his love of music as a member of The International Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. John’s wit and humor were evident through his favorite jokes, and his professional acumen shone as he represented the Public Works Department in appeal cases, never losing a case and ensuring fairness for his colleagues and employees.

John also led charitable efforts in his office, garnering 100% participation from his colleagues in support of numerous causes. His legacy of kindness, dedication, and leadership will be remembered fondly by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

A funeral service to honor John’s life will be held on Friday, February 9th, at 6 P.M. at The Christian Life Chapel (105 Holloway Drive, Lebanon, TN). Visitation will precede the service, starting at 4 P.M. Pastor Larry Salyer will officiate the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made to your church or favorite charity in John’s memory.

PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL in care of arrangements. 615-444-7007


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