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Reid H. Walker Jr.

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The family and friends of Reid H. Walker Jr. Are happy to announce the resurrection of their beloved father, son, brother and friend.

Reid went to be his Savior on Oct. 18, 2012. He is now walking with Jesus on that street of gold, where there is no more pain, crying, sorrow, or death. While he will be greatly missed on this earth by his family and friends, we all know that he is happier now than he was ever was on Earth. Reid loved his family, friends and everyone he came in contact with. Even in his final days on earth he would he wished only to be an inspiration and blessing to those around him.

Reid is preceded to heaven by his father Reid H. Walker; brother John Boy Walker; paternal grandparents, Henry and Mamie Walker; maternal grandparents, Robert and Elizabeth Summerall.

Reid leaves behind daughters Jennifer Neel, Therese Walker, Mikki Owens, Vicki Tom, and Alicia Sweeney; sons, Timmy, Aaron and Ashton Stanford; sons-in-law, Jason Neel, Jay Sweeney, and Toby Owens; grandchildren, Jeremy Neel, Jaelynn Neel, Brianna Wilbur, Alyssa Owens, Abigel Owens; sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Pat Sweeney; his fav nieces, Lori Sweeney and Sarah Seegreen and great-nephews, Landon and Gavin; his mother, Nyla W. Farlow, and aunt and uncle, Kip and Lester Liles. Reid also leaves behind his girlfriend, Denise; friends, Sue, Kelley, Bee, Lacey, Jaime, George, Becky and kids Trinity, Ezra, Isaiah and Noah, as well as Audrey, Michelle, Bernie, and Stephanie. He also leaves many other numerous friends and a wonderful church family.

He loved singing, attending church, fishing, gator wrestling, photography and nature, and faced life with a determination and peacefulness that can only come from loving Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Reid knew and admitted he had many imperfections and faults, but he wanted to share his love and his life with everyone he met from the homeless person on the street to the most influential. He tried to make time for everyone, even in his last days battling cancer.

Reid was prepared for what lay ahead of him, knowing that as he passed from earth to joyous Heaven, Jesus would welcome him into his loving arms.

Memorial services will be officiated by his pastor and loving friend, Rev. James Carnley. The celebration was at Smith Chapel Assembly Of God, where Reid was a member, on Oct. 20 at 3 p.m.

Reid requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Smith Chapel Assembly Of God, Emerald Coast Hospice, or Sacred Heart Cancer Center.

Reid understood that many would miss him and their hearts would grieve. however, he asked that his departure from this Earth to Heaven be looked as a joyous occasion and not a somber one. if he could speak now he would say to dry your tears, that he beat you to heaven! He felt he lived a blessed life on Earth and that God watched over him and cared for him. He believed the days at the end of his mortal life were better than those from the beginning and now he lives the best life of all with Jesus. He looks forward to being reunited again one day in Heaven with all those he knew.

Reed wished to leave these seven scripture references with everyone and prayed that if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal savior that you will ask Jesus into your heart and life. Jesus truly is the greatest joy and love of all. This was Reid's story and his song. He wished the same for all of us. Scriptures: John 3:16, 17; John 14: 1-6; 2 Corinthians 6:1-10; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Job 1:21; Psalm 139:1-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6 - 8.

Reid wrote this himself when he found out he was dying of cancer: "Where will you spend eternity? Heaven or hell, there is no other choice. As for me, I will be in Heaven."
Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Oct. 25 to Nov. 24, 2012