Garth Walker
1923 - 2020
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Garth Walker, 97, passed away on June 20, 2020. He was born May 4, 1923, in Alliance Ohio, the son of Fred and Hope Walker. His studies at Duke University were interrupted by World War II. After he enlisted, he served in England as part of the Transportation Corp. On his return, he graduated from Emory University and received his Master's Degree in Hospital Administration from Washington University. In 1954 he began his 25 year career at what was then Orange Memorial Hospital, serving as Director for many years. Garth was an avid traveler throughout his life and enjoyed gatherings of family and friends. He was interested in others and had a quick wit. He was a longtime active member of Broadway United Methodist Church, where he had friends for over sixty years. Everyone acquainted with Garth knew he was a proud American. He was a founding member, Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of the Lake Buena Vista Rotary Club. The Garth Walker Rotarian of the Year Award was established in his honor several years ago. Garth was predeceased by his loving wife, Betty; brother, Fred (and his wife, Delice); and nephew, Fred. He is survived by his sister, Mary Price (Robert M.); his children (Julia, Joyce and David); nephews (Richard and Robert); nieces (Delice, Mary, and Carrie); and other family members he loved. Because of Covid limitations, the family will have a service at a later time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lake Buena Vista Rotary Club Foundation, FBO Garth Walker Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 22033, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.

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Published in Orlando Sentinel from Jun. 24 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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June 28, 2020
I didnt get to grow up with someone like Garth as my father. My Dad was nicknamed the warden by my friends. I only had the pleasure of being in the Walker home a few times but each time I was welcomed by Garth as if I was somebody. He was so kind and genuinely interested in me. Im sure that every other lucky guest felt the same way! Garth lives matter!
Tom page
Friend
June 27, 2020
I was a member of Broadway UMC and served with Garth as an usher . We had many wonderful conversations at the from door as we greeted members coming to the Sunday service. He was a wonderful person person. Our condolences to his family.
Chuck Davis
Friend
June 27, 2020
Mr Walker was a kind and generous man. He was loved by all at Broadway Methodist. Condolences to the family.
Gene Barker
Friend
June 27, 2020
Back in the good old days, I think the 1970's, we lived on Gore two doors west of the Walkers, we were friends and later I saw/met him on Park Ave in Winter Park a couple of times. Then he was in a wheel chair. I'm sure he led a complete life but sorry to see him go.

Woody WoodaLL woodywoodall1@gmail.com
Woody Woodall
Friend
June 26, 2020
Garth was someone who had our love and respect growing up. We were lucky to live 2 doors down from the Walkers and Garth was one of the prominent features of Jersey Street. He was intelligent and accomplished and yet down to earth. He had a gentle easy going, and caring manner with everyone he knew. I think I'll always picture him outside in a pair of old shorts and a white v-neck t-shirt. You didn't put on airs on Jersey St.
I'll also remember his old green '52 Plymouth that we kids simultaneously loved and hated being driven to school in, his "real parachute" he would pull out of the Plymouth's trunk occasionally to regale us neighbor kids - we basically ran feral in the street in the early '60s.
Garth was one of the bright spots of growing up in a simpler time and we won't forget him. Our condolences to Julia, Joyce and David and all the family.
stephenbach1@aol.com
Friend
June 25, 2020
Dear Julia, so sorry to read about your father. Just wanted to share with you that I do remember him and as a young girl. I had a wonderful father, but at that age I so wanted a Dad like yours who seemed to be playful and enjoyed his life. Most of the fathers I knew were just so serious, stern and focused on work. Your Dad was different at least in my eyes and it was magical to me. He had a nice long life and I know you and your family will really miss him. Peace be with you and your family. Teague
Teague Gilliland
Classmate
June 25, 2020
Richard S Cumbie
Friend
June 24, 2020
It was an honor to have known Garth. He will be missed by all. Love to the family Julia, Joyce and David.
Judy Burt
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