Donald Walker
1936 - 2021
Givens Funeral Home
110 South Woodrum Street
Pearisburg, VA
Donald Walker

December 4, 1936 - November 9, 2021

Donald Frederick Walker, 84, of Baltimore, Md., formerly of Pearisburg, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Tralee, W.Va., the son of Aileen Rose Walker and Carl Elmer Walker, the fifth of seven children. He was preceded in death by both parents, by two brothers and a sister, and by his wife Charlotte, who passed away in October 2020.

Don and Charlotte were high school sweethearts and married shortly after Charlotte graduated from the Lewis Gale Nursing program. Soon after Don graduated from West Virginia University's college of Pharmacy, the couple settled in Pearisburg where he was employed as a pharmacist at McLean Drug. Don and Charlotte had three children, Michael and twin sisters Pamela and Patricia. Don later purchased McLean Drug and expanded it into a successful retail business that also included durable medical equipment, and a Hallmark card and gift shop. He strongly identified with his business and it was there that he excelled at being a salesman and interacting with people. He considered his business success as one of his great achievements and spoke fondly of his life in Pearisburg.

Don had strong interests in small plane aviation, photography and, of course, he loved his cats. He and Charlotte were active church members, both of Pearisburg Presbyterian Church and Trinity Ecumenical Church in Moneta.

After retirement Don lived for 20 years at Smith Mountain Lake. In 2017 Don and Charlotte moved back to Pearisburg, where they lived until last year. Don is survived by his three children Michael Walker of Co. Cork, Ireland, Pamela Mathews of Bel Air, Md., Patti Crothers of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and two granddaughters, Lindsay and Alaina Crothers, also of Mt Pleasant.

The funeral will be on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Pearisburg Presbyterian Church, Easley Street, Pearisburg.

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Pearisburg, Va.
Published by Roanoke Times on Nov. 17, 2021.
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My sincere condolences to the family. I worked for Don at McLean Drug for 20 years. I can honestly say that working there was the best job that I have ever had. We were all family and treated as such which is something you will not find today in this corporate world we live in now. He and Charlotte and the children were my family I guess you could say I watched the kids grow into adults finding their way into the world growing into responsible adults. I would not trade my time there for anything. I met so many people there, made a lifetime of friendships, and learned a lot of life lessons from Don. Godspeed my dear friend and wonderful boss until we meet again. Sharon Martin
Sharon Martin
November 17, 2021
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