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10/11/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Dennis Walker

Dennis Gleary Walker
(18 Aug 1940 - 04 Oct 2019)

Newport News High School Class of 1958

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.   Dennis Walker, Class of 1958, brother of Sandra Walker Batson ('60), Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA, Mindy Bischoff, and Greg Ergenbright, passed away in Portsmouth on Friday, October 04, 2019 at the age of 79.

From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 10/04/19, 2:42 PM:

Carol, thought I'd let you know we lost   Dennis Walker ('58) early this morning. Dennis and I grew up together in Stuart Gardens and had been friends for the last 75 years or so. I lost a good friend.

   Oh, Wayne! I'm so sorry  to hear this! Thanks for letting me know. You have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your friend.

From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 10/11/19, 12:04 PM - "  Dennis Walker obit":

I hope you have seen the obit of my NNHS1958 Dennis G. Walker, who died 10/4.  I will  be attending the burial service Saturday 10/12 at his horse farm in Isle of Wight county.  I just discovered an incorrect obit on the NNHS65 page for a Dennis Walker who died previously.  
You do a wonderful job providing news and archival records for NNHS and I am amazed that so few errors like this sneak through.
Thanks for your dedication.
Joe Drewry ( NNHS58)
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.

   Oh, Joe, I spent all week trying to locate Dennis' obituary. Just when I'd abandoned all hope, you located it for me. Thank you so much for correcting my error. You too have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your friend - and I know for an indisputable fact Heavenly Father gets a big kick out of me and all my plans.

From The Virginian Pilot - 10/09/19:

               Dennis Gleary Walker
        PORTSMOUTH - Dennis Walker passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on October 4, 2019 at Maryview Hospital.

Born in Portsmouth to Dennis and Lillian Walker on August 18, 1940, he was raised in Newport News.

He graduated from Newport News High School and the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Apprenticeship Program, and served 6 years in the US Army Reserves as a sharpshooter.

He entered International Shipping in 1969 and was a retired Senior Executive V.P. at Schenker International, and a retired Executive V.P. at P&O Nedlloyd, and served on many Shipping Industry related boards during his career.

He was a member of Owens Masonic Lodge 164 in Norfolk and the Portsmouth Scottish Rite Bodies. Dennis was a gentleman farmer caring for horses at the time of his passing.

  He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Margaret A. Walker; son, Dennis Lee Walker, two daughters, Abigail Walker and Ashley Walker-Harrell and husband Alex and granddaughter, Amelia Jean "AJ" Harrell; three sisters, Lynn Brothers (Barry), Sandra Batson, and Mindy Bischoff (Jack); brother, Greg Ergenbright; Sisters in-law Alison Lovick-Faulkner (David), Sally Lovick-Dawson (Al), Brother in-law Robert Lovick (Sallye), several nephews and nieces, many friends and his beloved dog Kai and horse Tessie.

A visitation will be held at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel on Friday, Oct. 11, from 6-8 PM.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 3 PM at his beloved Three Rivers Farm, 24638 Sugar Hill Road, Carrollton, VA 23314.

In lieu of flowers, his favorite charities were the SPCA, Union Mission Ministries, and Diamonds In The Rough Horse Rescue.

Published in The Virginian-Pilot on October 09, 2019.

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October 10, 2019

RIP, Dennis. I have such fond memories of time shared together during our NNHS days. And you had the sweetest Ford. I think it was a 1949? Our lives took different directions after high school, but I recall visiting you at your beloved horse farm several years ago and we enjoyed lunch with your daughter at an Italian restaurant in Smithfield. Yours was a life well lived.

~ Joe Drewry, Hampton, Virginia

October 10, 2019
Dennis was one of my favorite people. He taught me how to shoot a pistol and a shotgun. I'll always remember all the 4th of July's we spent in Carrollton when I was little. We'd stop by the Pine Top Gift Shop for fireworks and go out to the farm and light them off. It seemed like it would never get dark. And he used to let me ride his pony, Trigger, and his horse, Big Red. He will be missed.

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  Our sincerest condolences are extended to Dennis' family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

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  Downloadable Sheet Music (Craig Petrie's TTBB arrangement) available at - 01/01/04

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