James H. Walker Jr. (Pewee), 67, died Monday (April 10, 2017) at WVU Hospital in Morgantown following a stroke.
He leaves his wife, Sandy (Longwell) Walker; two sons, Antoine Dobbs and James (Nate) Walker and his fiancée Yvonne Odimgbe; five grandchildren, Mihya, Malique and A'Mariyon Walker, and Ty and Donivan Dobbs; one stepdaughter, Twyla and her husband Bryan Tustin; one step-granddaughter, Maleri Tustin; two sisters, Brenda (Cookie) Walker and Linda and her husband Fred Green; two very special aunts, Gloria Jean Randall and Mary (Deedee) Porter; and many special nieces, nephews, cousins and very close friends.
Pewee was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Charity Walker; a sister, Eleanor Washington; a brother, Nathaniel Walker; and a grandson, Dante Scarborough.
Born and raised in Fairmont, the son of James H. Sr. and Mary Virilla (Chapman) Walker, he lived in Dallas, Texas, and Sharon, Pennsylvania, moving back to Morgantown, for years, and finally back to his home city of Fairmont in the past two years.
Mr. Walker attended Fairmont Senior and the Dallas County Technical School earning double certificates in welding. He worked for many years as a skilled welder and machine operator with high praise.
Pewee enjoyed the friendships gained and the honor of being a Past Master Mason at the Meridian Lodge No. 17 in Fairmont. He was also a past member of the Elks Lodge No. 0103 for many years when living in Sharon, Pennsylvania.
He enjoyed sports, especially basketball, movies, reading and spending time with his grandchildren. He was very proud to be their Pappap.
Pewee gave his heart to Mihya and Malique after the death of their mother. He was Malique's babysitter until he started school and was often heard telling people if he could take care of a child from 3 months old until 4 years old all day, that anyone could. He took pride in this. To his nephews and nieces, always remember the Easter Bunny incident where he almost lost a finger trying to cut all of you some chocolate. He loved being your uncle.
The visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. today at Domico Funeral Home on Gaston Avenue, Fairmont. He will lie in state from 11 a.m. until noon Saturday with funeral at noon at Christian Love Ministries on Morgantown Avenue, Fairmont. Burial to follow at Mount Zion Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com.
Published on April 14, 2017