In Memory

Ricky Walker

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07/13/08 06:46 PM #1    

Mary Moody (Wyrick)

Rick (Ricky) & I, were married in 1970, and moved to Virgina Beach, VA, where Rick served in the US Navy. We had 2 children while we were in VA, and moved back to S-D in 1974. Rick continued his employment w/DuPont, but also earned his Degree in Theology at Tennessee Temple University during the next several years. The last 11 years of his life we lived in Summerville, GA, where he pastored a church until his death on March 1, 1998. This man, once voted "most bashful boy" most certainly out grew his bashfulness. He was loved by everyone whose life he touched. Rick was a kind and gentle man. He loved to write poetry, music and play the guitar. He had only 1 granddaughter, 8 months old, when he passed away and he adored her. He is greatly missed by all who knew him.

10/02/08 04:47 PM #2    

Terry Rigsby

I was asked by Pat Poe Valentine, a couple a months ago, to post a response, memories, or anything about Rick and it has taken awhile to gather these thoughts.

As many may know, Rick and I were first cousins and I lived a great portion of my early years growing up in his home as well as he did mine. To this day I am still close to his family and think the world of their values and family relationships.

As Mary stated in her response. Rick was a bashful guy. Rick was a very moral person who had principles beyond anything I will ever reach. He loved laughter, love and friendship.

I can tell you a whole novel's worth of stories about Rick and I and his brothers and sister and his Dad and Mom and our shenanigans, but I will only move to his days at SDHS.

Rick was bashful, yes! He was also one of the toughest individuals that you would ever want to face. Always be aware of the quiet man! Jerry Correll and I had many conversations on how Rick always came off of the football field bloodier than anyone else on the game field or practice field, but you always knew he didn't lose the battle.

We were at a Jamboree and Rick got to start as a Junior. His sister, Sandra, was dating a guy from Hixson who Rick did not take very fondly. Guess what? They were put directly across from each other and well
guess who won that tug-of-war?

One more story:
After Rick and Mary were in Georgia, we were at a family event and he told me of an incident he had at a local school where he had a threatening situation with a student. And as gentle as Rick could say it, he said "anytime!". The kid came back and apoligized and said thanks!

These are the tough things about the "Gentle Giant". I haven't touched about the sacrifices that he and Mary made as ministers to their confictions as Christians.

I know why Rick became a minister and how he qualified for the job. I wish everyone could have known him this way. Rick was my friend and will always remain in my memories.

05/10/10 12:43 AM #3    

Carolyn Satterfield (Williams)

I remember Ricky having such a "bashful" personality....he would smile sometimes when we (classmates) were clowning around at school but he never said anything....He married my friend from elementary school, Mary, and I saw them after they married at the Mile Straight Baptist Church where we attended....He looked so handsome in his suit and Mary was always so friendly...I'm glad they went on to become pastors...they had a heart for God...I will always remember him as being one of the best football players of our time....tough on the field....bashful off the field....He is missed.....I believe my mother had a "crush" on his dad when they were in high school....I don't know if he ever knew it.....

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