Obituaries

Blake Edwin Walker May 5, 1983 ~ February 15, 2013

Blake Edwin Walker left this earth Friday February 15th after a long battle with mental illness. He was born May 5, 1983 in Bethesda, MD to Henry and Wendy Walker. Blake was an avid motorcyclist, who, though losing a foot in a cycle accident returned to the road immediately for the freedom his bike provided him.  He had an amazing personality that touched many with his spirit of adventure, sense of humor and hard work. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his parents Henry and Wendy Walker both of Fayetteville, AR. His Grandmother Faylelyn Wohlrabe of Morris, MN. One brother Chad Walker and wife Shannon Walker of Glen Burnie, MD. One sister Liesl Kraft of Fayetteville, AR. Three nieces Kelsey Walker and Morgan Ray-Vottero both of Glen Burnie, MD and Gabriella Kraft of Fayetteville, AR.  It appears by God’s grace that many of his organs will be placed with those in need of such life giving transplants. Memorial Service will be at 2:00 P.M. Monday, February 18, 2013 at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Wedington Drive in Fayetteville.

 

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    Tom McAlister » 17. Feb, 2013

    Dear Ed and Wendy,

    We were so sorry to hear about Blake. So young and full of promise. We watched him grow from a young boy to a grown man. Lovely sense of humor, great smile. He will be missed. We pray God’s peace on the Walker family.

    We love you!

    Tom and Evelyn McAlister

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    Name » 24. Feb, 2013

    Thank you Tom and Evelyn! It was very nice to see you, your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated. God Bless.

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    Joe and Patty Commerford » 17. Feb, 2013

    We are so sorry for the devastating loss of Blake. He and your whole family will be remembered in our prayers and hope that in time, God will mend the hole left by his death.

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    Name » 24. Feb, 2013

    I see his love for music so much in his very loved little Ella! Thank you for all the wonderful memories as children Commerfords :)

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    Name » 17. Feb, 2013

    Walker.. I am going to miss you so much.. So many memories I will cherish forever. You were a good man and so very handsome. I hope you have found the peace you have struggled to find for so very long. You will always be in my heart and never forgotten. I love you. Love Sheree

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    Name » 24. Feb, 2013

    He loved you too!

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    Don Lyall » 18. Feb, 2013

    May God be with your son Blake. Blessings to all your family.

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    Name » 24. Feb, 2013

    Thank you for the thoughts and prayers, much appreciated.

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    Dick Titus » 18. Feb, 2013

    I knew Blake when he had the accident and was very supportive of his recovery. I have lost contact with Blake since his departure from Lowe’s, but many of us that worked with him are very sad to hear about his death. Blake was a beautiful person with so much waiting in his future. I hope he is at peace now.

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    Name » 24. Feb, 2013

    Our hope is also that he is at peace. Thank you very much for your thoughts, he truly did care about many people at Lowes.

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    Ashley Cuthbertson » 18. Feb, 2013

    I’ll always remember Blake’s kind spirit and wonderful smile. He was such a smart guy with such a fun sense of humor and he will be missed by so many. I hope you find strength and peace through all the prayers that are being said for your family.

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    Name » 24. Feb, 2013

    Peace through prayers has been greatly felt. It is nice to hear the loving comments. During his good times Blake truly did have a servant’s heart and loved to help others and make them laugh.

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    Donna Graves » 18. Feb, 2013

    I did not know Blake but a good friend posted it on facebook and I just want to let you know that Blake sounds like an amazing man and that his spirit will go on due to all the lives that his organs will safe.
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    Name » 24. Feb, 2013

    Thank you for your encouraging words. The gift of life he left for many is such a wonderful legacy. I am so proud of my little brother.

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    Debby Watson » 18. Feb, 2013

    To Blake’s family,
    I’m so very sorry to hear of Blake’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you that God will be with each of you during this time. I worked with Blake at the S. Fayetteville Lowe’s in 2005. He was a very nice young man, and I really enjoyed working with him. I pray that God wraps you all in his loving arms and comforts you as only He can.

    Debby (Cromwell) Watson
    Bay, AR

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    Name » 24. Feb, 2013

    Thank you Debby, your words speak such sweet memories that are truly treasured.

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    Fred Giles » 18. Feb, 2013

    I didn’t know Blake and was hesitant to post anything here. I finally concluded that the Walker family might derive some happiness, no matter how slight, in knowing that one of Blake’s kidneys lives on in me. It’s working great. Thank you for your gift of love and life. -Fred Giles, Greenville, SC

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    Name » 24. Feb, 2013

    Mr. Giles, your words are beyond a blessing. We are so proud Blake made the choice to help others but not shocked. He suffered much pain and anguish on this earth but he had a heart that desired, as much as possible, to help others. Thank you so much for your beautiful display of thanks we received and proudly displayed at his memorial service!

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    Ronnie Scott » 18. Feb, 2013

    Blake had a gift. A gift I so wished I had. I was one of his bosses at Lowe’s, and let me tell you, the guy had a gift. He was an inspiration to all of us who had the pleasure to work with him. There’s another good one up in heaven!!! I’ll see you up there someday buddy!

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    Name » 24. Feb, 2013

    He truly was gifted and we are proud that in his passing he was able to pass on the gift of life to others. Thank you for your kind words they are a blessing.

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    Anna Jones » 19. Feb, 2013

    I was so sorry to hear that you lost Blake. My heart goes out to all of you in your grief. God’s best to you.

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    Name » 24. Feb, 2013

    Thank you for your thought and prayers Anna, they are greatly appreciated.

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    Sharon North » 21. Feb, 2013

    Dear Ed and Wendy,
    I didn’t know Blake well, but I was always impressed with him, and Caleb always had kind things to say about him. I am so sorry for your loss. I know the sorrow and pain can feel very heavy. The Lord will strengthen you, and comfort you in ways you won’t expect. You are in my prayers.

    Sharon North

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    Name » 24. Feb, 2013

    Sharon, thank you for the words of comfort and encouragement, they are a blessing.

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    Name » 05. Mar, 2013

    Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. Blake was my friend. He was always there to lend me a hand, an ear, a laugh, and more. He was truly special. He will remain in my heart always. Please take care. Polly and Annemarie

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    Walter Heck » 05. Mar, 2013

    Hi,

    I only met Walker a few times, but enjoyed his company. I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of him, and of his family in these times from the other side of the world in Turkey. Donating his organs is a very sweet thing to do.

    May he rest in peace.

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    Casey Shultz » 05. Mar, 2013

    I am very sorry for your loss. I lived with Walker in San Francisco for a little bit years ago. He was so vibrant and full of life. We lost touch since then and I am deeply saddened to hear that he was not able to overcome his mental illness. Condolences to you and I hope that it helps to know that he touched the lives of many people during his short time on earth.

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    Susy » 06. Mar, 2013

    Dear parents and family,

    I am sorry to hear about Blake (or Walker as I know him). I have worked with him at CouchSurfing and had good times with him. May he rest with the peace he was searching for.
    Susy

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    Gabriel Stempinski » 06. Mar, 2013

    Walker lived with me for a year or so in San Francisco, We had so many great adventures and my life is so much richer for having him be a part of it. He was an excellent person. I’m so sad to hear about his passing and only wish he and I had been able to maintain our friendship.

    Gabriel Stempinski

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    Erin » 06. Mar, 2013

    Dearest parents, family and friends,

    I, too, lived with Walker (as he was known to us) in San Francisco when we worked for CouchSurfing together. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing and wish you strength as you grieve. His energy and his smile are the things I remember most about him, and though we lost touch after he left San Francisco, I still considered him a friend. Blessings to all of you.
    Erin
    Vancouver, Canada

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    Rachel f » 06. Mar, 2013

    Walker never stopped walkin’.
    He was always smiling, always up to something pesky or fun.
    Mental illness is no ones fault. You are still with us, my friend, you are still with us.
    Blessings to your family and Walker, bows, bows, bows from me.
    SF won’t forget you!

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    Camtastic » 06. Mar, 2013

    My friend… even though things got a little wonky with us… I was always on your side. I wish you peace, light, laughter, and healing. Hopefully next time around will be a little easier. Warmest, sincerest, smiling love to you…… Cam

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    Clair » 08. Mar, 2013

    So very sorry for your loss. I’ll remember Walker as a fun, smiling, energetic man who was great to adventure through the dusty deserts with at Burning Man. His good humour, laughter and joy in the desert kept those around him smiling.

    I hope you are smiling and laughing again Walker!

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    Clair » 15. Mar, 2013

    I’d also like to say that Blake’s donation of his organs will change the lives of the people who receive so much and whilst they may never know more than his first name and age, they will be forever grateful. I was the recipient of an organ transplant from a young woman who died when she was 28. Her gift changed my life and I will always be so grateful to her and her family for the gift of life and love. It was because of her gift that I was able to travel to the US and had the good fortune of meeting amazing people such as Blake.

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    Name » 09. Mar, 2013

    I am so sorry to hear this news, I met him few years ago,
    however he was amazing with me,
    with a great smile and full of energy!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you that God will be with each of you during this time.
    May God bless you!

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    Name » 15. Mar, 2013

    I know this is for the family and I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers and close to my heart everyday , but I also feel better talking to walker on here. It’s been a month Walker and I still don’t understand. I know I may never but hurts so bad. I wish I would have know that it was that bad. I would have been there for you. Went through hell with you. Whatever you needed. It’s still crazy to think you are gone. There is a piece of my heart missing now. I love you. Shine bright

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    Name » 04. Apr, 2013

    Think about you all the time….

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    Erin » 11. Apr, 2013

    Dearest Walker Family,

    I just heard of the passing of Blake and I am so very sad. He was such a kind and generous, freespirited soul. Never a dull moment and never for a moment did I ever think he was not well. I know how much he loved his family and spoke of his nieces. We had such fun memories. We went geocaching, I took him to Jay Leno where he raised his hand for having a hidden talent and then threw his leg across the stage and caught everyone off guard (later a girl approached him and share time with him because she too was an amputee), we rode on its a small world together with my friends kids who thought he was hilarious, we drove around endlessly and laughed all night. He was one of my first couch surfers staying with my family and I and leaving me the most awesome note and singing toothbrush. I remember we were in a store and there was a t shirt with a weiner dog on it and he wanted me to send his sister a photo of it. We had weiner dogs at my house and he loved them so much too. What an amazing young man he was. My heart is so saddened. Thank you to his parents for having such a gentleman for a son, I can tell you raised him well, his heart was full of love and life. <3 <3 Always will remain in my heart sweet Blake.

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    Name » 14. Apr, 2013

    Thinking of you friend and wishing you were here. Miss you so

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    Gabe » 10. Mar, 2015

    Going out for Taco Tuesday tonight at our old spot. I still run into people there who ask about you. I miss you so damn much sometimes

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    Bryant Stringfellow » 21. Jun, 2016

    I am an ex Lowe’s employee that remembers Blake. I hadn’t heard from him in a few years and as time goes by without seeing or visiting with someone, I sometimes lose track of them until I see or hear something that jogs my memory of them. Today, I was in the contacts in my phone looking up the number of a Blake that I currently work with and right below that was Blake Walker. I never delete a contact. After not being able to find him on Facebook, I decided to Google him which led me to this page. I am sorry to read that he struggled with mental illness. I was one of the managers that helped train him and if my memory is correct, he was in a manager trainee program. I remember his wreck. During my time in NWA, I worked at South Fayetteville where we met and then I was asked to move to the Rogers location to help them. I moved from that area in 2008 and am not sure how much we talked after I moved away.
    I remember Blake being smart, catching on quickly, and being very funny. I remember eating with him once at Buffalo Wild Wings after his wreck and completely forgetting about it until I saw his prosthesis. He walked normal and he told me that most people he met never knew unless he told them. I am glad to read that he donated his organs and to see that even one recipient has greatly benefited from Blake’s generosity. I look forward to seeing him again one day and reconnecting. To his family, my deepest condolences. You raised a fine young man.