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Celebration of Life

First Presbyterian Church
Wednesday September 7th, 2022

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First Presbyterian Church
Wednesday September 7th, 2022

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James Ross Walker, III

James Ross Walker III, 57, passed away on Saturday morning, September 3, 2022, at Cumberland Heights Treatment Center in Nashville, TN. Born and raised in Kingsport, Ross dedicated over thirty years of his life to counseling the youth at Vance and Robinson Middle Schools, Frontier Health, and Camelot Care Center, as well as advocating for Mental Health Awareness. Ross always held a propensity towards helping others in any way he could. His greatest strength was his ability to make people laugh. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and Youth Advisor.

Ross is leaving a community in which he was beloved by many, to rejoin his twin sons, Ethan and James, and bother them with questions about how to work the TV remote so he can stay caught up with Days of Our Lives. In addition, he was also preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Martha Walker.

He leaves behind his wife Jennifer; his children: David (Katie), Clayton, Elli, and Ethan; his grandchildren, Jonah, Austin, James, and Anah; sister, Elizabeth Walker-Byerley (Mitchell); nephews, Mitchell Byerley, Jr., Drew Coffey and Owen Coffey; and niece, Katie Beth Boggan (Josh).

A Celebration of Life service will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. William M. Shelton and Russ Pearson officiating. The family will receive friends, at the church, following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Church Cir, Kingsport, TN 37660, Pet Works, 3101 E Stone Dr, Kingsport, TN 37660, or Isaiah House, 1705 State Line Rd, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

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So sorry to hear of Ross' passing, I worked with him often over the past 25+ years serving our local youth. Praying for strength and comfort for his family.

Greg Walters Sep 13 2022 7:09 AM

Jennifer and family, I was so sad to hear about the passing of Ross. I have just good memories of him. Working with him at Vance was a wonderful experience. He left a lot of people with great memories( mostly funny).
Love and prayers to you.

Pat Dawson Sep 8 2022 5:59 PM

Jennifer and family - I am so sorry to hear of Ross' passing. I pray that our Father in Heaven will wrap his loving arms around you and that you will be comforted. Our love is eternal - it has no end. Our families are eternal also. Parting is hard, but one day we will all be together again. I watched the service and your memorial video - so much happiness you shared together!

Kim Bryan - Sales Admin Sep 8 2022 5:35 PM

My heart goes out to the entire family during this enormous time of loss. When I heard of my buddy's passing, I immediately started remembering all of the memories we've made over the past two decades. (Coke and rootbeer floats, Landmine games, Pal's teas, Kiwanis visits, Leadership Club, JumpStart,...) I could go on and on.
I will forever cherish my time spent with Ross. He was a true difference maker in so many lives! He sure did touch mine.
Love and prayers to you all!

Lori Fletcher Sep 8 2022 2:41 PM

What a loss to the counseling community and to all the family and friends left behind. It is difficult to say goodbye to someone who lived to make all those around him laugh. My sympathy to the family. RIP Ross. Sure enjoyed all those counseling meetings with the WCA!

Scarlett Coapstick Sep 7 2022 9:17 PM

Jennifer- God bless your entire family. We are so saddened to hear about the tragic, unexpected loss of Ross. He certainly was a very sweet and special man who has left an unforgettable impression in the hearts of so many. Remember, our spirits live on forever and you will all be reunited again. Love, Kim and Kim

Kim Ketron Sep 7 2022 6:57 PM

Dear Family, it is with great heartbreak to hear that Mr. Walker has passed. He made a tremendous impact in our family and will always be remembered as a kind gentle soul that helped so many people. He will be greatly missed.

Kevin and Misty King. Sep 7 2022 6:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Walker, III

Angela Byerley Brewer and family Sep 7 2022 5:59 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Walker, III

Sharon Price Sep 7 2022 3:44 PM

Our hearts are heavy with this loss. We loved your laughter and compassion Ross. You are missed dear friend. Much love to you Jennifer, David &family, Clayton, Elli and Ethan
Love ,
The McNair Family

Melissa McNair Sep 7 2022 2:07 PM

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