Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 9, 2012

Virginia Johnson “Jenny” Walker

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ATHENS. — Virginia Johnson “Jenny” Walker, 92, of the Athens Road near Athens died peacefully Saturday evening, October 6, 2012 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born July 31, 1920, at Narrows, Va., she was the daughter of the late George William Johnson and Lillian Hash Johnson.

Jenny was an active longtime member of Melrose Presbyterian Church near Princeton. In addition to attending, she served as a greeter, scripture reader, worked on various fellowship dinners, and was involved with the shoe box project for needy children around the world at Christmas. She worked diligently with Melrose Elementary school in assisting students of need with clothing and other matters as well.

She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.

For those that were blessed in knowing Jenny, they knew how much she loved life, loved to dance, and her travel bags were always packed and ready to travel. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

While her husband Basil's health permitted, they enjoyed spending time at their beach home in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 63 years, Basil B. Walker, along with two sons-in-law: Wayne Hopkins and Benny Alvis, and all of her siblings: Lawrence Johnson, Josephine Johnson, Arnold Johnson and Lewis King Johnson.

She will be lovingly remembered by her five children, Carolyn W. Buckland and husband Marshall of Peterstown, Gloria J. Hopkins of Lerona, Basil B. “Sonny” Walker Jr. and wife Pam of Greensboro, N.C., Barbara A. Alvis of Princeton, George M. Walker of Bluewell; nine grandchildren: Dr. Susan Buckland and husband Scott O'Connell, Lynn C. Sowers and husband Joe, Michael J. Walker and wife Lisa, Melissa W. Beeson and husband Travis, Dr. Johnson B. Walker, John R. Alvis and wife Jaime, Austin W. Alvis and wife Krista, Stacie L. Alvis, William J. “Billy” Walker; 10 great-grandchildren, Erin O'Connell, Jaquelyn, Jessica, Jennifer, Sarah and Katheryn Sowers, Zachary Beeson, Natalie Alvis, Nathaniel Alvis and Nolan Alvis; and a host of close friends.

On Friday, October 12, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., we will celebrate the life of Jenny Walker from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Norman Mills officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

A time of sharing and gathering will be held Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to service. Family and friends may share messages of love and concern via

The honor of carrying their loving “Granny” to her grave has been given to her grandchildren, Michael Walker, John Walker, John Alvis, Austin Alvis, Nathaniel Alvis, Nolan Alvis, Billy Walker and Travis Beeson.

Memorial gifts of love can be made to Melrose Presbyterian Church, 228 Eads Mills Road, Princeton WV 24739.

The Walker family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.