Malcom Wesley Walker, 80, of Blackshear, died Monday afternoon, February 24, 2020, at St. Vincent’s Riverside Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL, after an extended illness.
He was born in Blackshear to the late John L. and Maggie Beulah Peacock Walker. He was a 1957 graduate of Blackshear High School. He was a successful agribusinessman, but also a selfless community volunteer who never hesitated to leave his farm to answer a call as a mainstay in the Hacklebarney Volunteer Fire Department. He was the recipient of the Farmer of the Year for 1977 and also for 2017. “The generosity he has extended to his community, notable achievements in agriculture, and his devotion to his family are just a few of the outstanding qualities of Wesley Walker” said county agent James Jacobs in making the presention in 2018. He and Darrell Thomas started the Fire Department in Pierce County after he saw a need one day near his farm.He became a new director of the Pierce County Farm Bureau Board of Directors December 5, 1968 and held the office of President from January 1, 1978 through most of 1985. He along with the other directors cooked bar-b-que for the annual meeting and also participated in Farm Bureau activities, like the annual meetings and State Convention meeting. He was a former board member of The Blackshear Bank and a member of Hacklebarney Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Nina Carmichael Walker; one brother, Archie Walker and one sister, Mary Lou McGhee.
Survivors include his wife, Norma James Walker, Blackshear; two daughters, Carol Walker Mardirossian and her husband Zavain and Beth Walker Blythe and her husband Richard, all of Blackshear; four grandsons, Ben Blythe, Patterson and Michael Morris and his wife Hosanna, Walker Blythe and Chris Gonzales and his wife Heather, all of Blackshear; step-children include, Tammy Lewis and her husband Grant, Jesup and Tina Beckworth and her husband Joey and Jim Waters and his wife Jerriann, all of Blackshear; step-grandchildren, Leah Lewis Jones and her husband Kyle, Jesup, Thomas Beckworth of South Carolina and Amelia Beckworth, Katie Waters and A.J. Waters, all of Blackshear; close family friend, Carol Gonzales, Blackshear; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will take place from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, from the Hacklebarney Baptist Church.
Interment will follow in Waters Cemetery.
The family requests the Pierce County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and staff to serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to meet at the church by 10:30 a.m. Friday morning for the service.
Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home of Waycross is in charge of arrangements.