September 15, 1938 ~ June 27, 2012

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Richard Wayne Walker, 73, of Killian Rd., Asheville, died Wednesday, July 27, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland, where he was living with his daughter for the past 4 years. A native of Buncombe Co., he was a son of the late Cline Lewis and Jessie Redmon Walker. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Claudette Walker. Mr. Walker was retired from American Enka. He was a charter member of the Lt. Col. Felix Walker Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He is survived by a daughter, Karen Rhoades and her husband, Randy; a son, Richard "Rick" Walker, Jr., and his wife, Diane; grandchildren Ryan Patrick Walker and his wife, Stephanie, Lauren Leigh Walker, and Courtney Anna Rhoades; and great-grandson Jason Thomas Walker. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Revs. Louis Gibson and Daniel Reese officiating. Interment will follow at Lewis Memorial Park. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

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  1. I am thankful to God for bringing Richard into my life. I call him dad. He was a loving man who treated me like a daughter. I have never known a kinder, gentler man. He was genuine and I already miss him dearly. I am blessed to have known him. Our prayers are with you Karen and Rick.
    God Bless and comfort you both and your families.

  2. Karen and Rick, I’m so sorry for your loss. I will forever miss Richard’s tomatoes, vegetables and the beautiful dahlias. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t grow, and he was always so kind to me and Roger. He and your mom will always have a special place in my heart.

    You will be in my prayers for many days to come.

  3. Karen and Rick,

    You have our deepest sympathies on the death of your father. There is peace for you in knowing he is in the hand of God. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

  4. Karen, Rick and family,
    I am sorry I wasn’t able to come to the funeral. Karen, thank you for calling me and letting me know of his passing. I loved your dad (and mom) very much and will always treasure the wonderful times we had together on Killian Rd. Richard was one of a kind, always sharing whatever he had and willing to help at any time. Thoughts and prayers to you and all of the family.


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