John B. Walker, Jr. Our beloved John B. Walker, Jr., departed this life and entered into rest on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Age 64 years. John was born March 16, 1949 in Pinola, Mississippi to John B. Sr. and Bernice Myree (Black) Walker but moved to Lansing, Michigan at an early age. John attended Lansing Public Schools graduating from J. W. Sexton High School in 1967 with a passion for playing basketball. He continued his education at Lansing Community College and Jackson Community College. After his years in college, John worked for General Motors Corporation until his retirement in 1998. Upon retirement John moved back to Pinola, Mississippi and joined New Zion Missionary Baptist Church where he accepted Christ as Lord and Savior of his life. John was the type of person that never met a stranger. He could have a conversation with anyone and was well liked by all. John was not only known to be a "Snazzy Dresser", he was also an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to do both with family and friends. He enjoyed watching all kinds of sports and listening to the Blues. On February 14, 1986, John married Katie B. Reid and they remained life-long companions. John's grandson, Julian VanDyke, whom he raised, shared a special bond. Not only did John teach Julian to hunt, fish, and drive, they also enjoyed many other great experiences together both in Mississippi and Michigan. He leaves to cherish his memory his life-long companion Katie; daughters, Keisha Reid of Belleville, Michigan, Shauneen (James) Murray of Detroit, Michigan; father, John B. Walker, Sr. of Mecosta, Michigan; three brothers, James (Gloria) Walker of Arkansas, Gary Walker and Jeff Walker both of Mecosta, Michigan, and many other relatives and friends. John was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice Myree (Black) Walker, grandparents, numerous aunts and uncles. John was greatly loved and will be dearly missed. A celebration service of his life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013, at Lansing Church of God in Christ, 5304 Wise Road, Lansing, Michigan. Visitation begins at 9:00 a.m. with an 11:00 a.m. family hour. Paradise Funeral Chapel & Arrangement Services 3137 South Pennsylvania Avenue Lansing, Michigan 48910 www.paradisefuneralchapel.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on July 18, 2013