Bailey Rose Walker
Born Dec. 5, 1935 in Davie County, he was the son of the late Frank Martin Walker and May Seaford Walker. He married his wife of 48 years, Linda Mae Garwood of Cooleemee, on Dec. 8, 1963.
A lifelong resident of Mocksville, he spent much of his youth working on the family farm on Buck Seaford Road. At a young age, his time on the farm taught him the value of hard work and developed his entrepreneurial spirit. He graduated from Mocksville School in 1956. He was proud of his 30-year career in food sales for Institutional Food House (IFH), serving clients throughout western North Carolina. His love of selling food began early while managing the Walker family business, Shop Rite Grocery. Opened in 1963, he took pride in owning and operating his own business, Walker’s Victory Lane Carwash and Coin Laundry, a fixture in the Mocksville community. You would often see him and his brother, Kenny, working to ensure customers were satisfied with their car wash. A devoted member of North Main Street Church of Christ, he volunteered his time behind the scenes. He enjoyed family time, country music and dancing, and last but not least, Carolina basketball.
He was also preceded in death by: his wife, Linda; his brothers, Mike, Bill, Jake, J.P. “Doodle”, and Pete; and his sisters, Betty Daniel and Lucille Daniel.
Survivors: his 3 daughters, Kim Walker Ratledge (Marshall) of Advance, Melanie Walker Warner (George) of Hilton Head, S.C.; and Kristi Walker Ward (Jon) of Raleigh; his 7 grandchildren, Meredith Anne Ratledge, Jack Bailey Ratledge (Amanda), and Ethan Frank Ratledge, Benjamin George Warner and Wesley Walker Warner. Jon Walker Ward and Jane Bailey Ward; his great-grandchild, Isabella Rose Ratledge; brother, Kenneth “Kenny” Walker (Iva); brother-in-law, William “Bill” Rae Garwood; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2 in Jericho Church of Christ Cemetery, 124 Davie Academy Road, Mocksville, with Matt Maurer officiating.
Memorials:Alzheimer’s Assoc. Western Carolina Chapter, 4600 Park Rd Suite 250, Charlotte, 28209.