Barbara A. Walker

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on August 25, 1942

Departed on May 5, 2015 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Barbara Ann Walker, age 72 of Nashville passed away on May 5, 2015 at Bethesda Health Care in Cookeville,Tennessee.
Ms. Walker was born on August 25, 1942 to the late Walter T. and Viola Walker in Nashville, Tennessee. She was an extraordinary woman filled with generosity and kindness to everyone whom she met. She lived her life in such a way that she told her sister in law that she did not have any regret about how she lived.
Ms. Walker worked for forty years. Most of those years were spent at TCW. Even after a forty hour work week during the day, she also worked on weekends as a hostess at the Grand Old Opry for 30 of those years. She loved many things in life. The spring was a season she especially treasured because she loved flower gardening and tending her beautiful hanging plants. She could take a withered and dying plant and give it her special car, pamper it and bring it back to life to look beautiful all season. She loved to travel, going on trips with her family and friends. Her mom and dad began that love when they shared family vacations each year growing up. After her parents had passed, she would continue traveling with her brother and his family and her cousins. One of her favorite times traveling was when she joined her niece Charlotte and her son, Bryce on a Caribbean cruise. She would continue to share about the lovely time they shared until the end of her life.
The family shared that a few of Ms. Walker’s favorite songs were “It Is Well with my Soul”, “Look For Me” and “Wonderful Grace of Jesus”. She loved her church and church family, and didn’t want to miss an opportunity for worship. I was told on a day she that she felt terribly ill, she put her feelings aside, got dressed for church and went to worship service even though she could barely sit through the services. Only a few hours later she was in the emergency room. But it was Sunday and she always worshipped on Sunday and she wanted to be in church. She is a Christian woman who loves the Lord.
Ms. Walker will forever be remembered as a loving, thoughtful, generous, kind and devoted sister, aunt and friends to so many.
She is survived by brother, Ron (Betsye) Walker; niece, Charlotte (Bryan) Duhl, their children Bryce, Lizzie and Braden Duhl and nephew, Taylor (Lee) Walker, their children Ellee and Chloe.
A Life Celebration will be held on Friday at 1pm in the Chapel at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home in Goodlettsville. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers will be James Tidwell, Buddy Tidwell, Lance Shockley, Dennis Cale, Sam Barber, and Gaylon Shockley. The family will receive friends on Thursday May 7th, from 4-8pm then again on Friday from 12 until the time of service.

Cole & Garrett Funeral Home 127 North Main Street Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37072 615-859-5231

9 Comments to Ms. Barbara A. Walker

  1. Christy Hassell
    May 6, 2015 10:26 am

    I worked closely with Barbara for 19 years at TCW. She was always a very upbeat dedicated employee and all-around wonderful person. She would visit us on holidays for lunch after her retirement and we always looked forward to her visits and hearing of her trips and updates on her family. We will miss that very much here at TCW.

  2. Shirley and Larry Richardson
    May 6, 2015 2:25 pm

    Barbara was our neighbor for almost 25 years. You could not have asked for a better neighbor than Barbara. We will certainly miss her.

  3. Sondra (Shockley) Cale
    May 6, 2015 7:23 pm

    Barbara and I are cousins but more over we were the best of friends, even like sisters. We spent so much time together. We loved going to gospel singings and sharing life’s good and bad times. My heart is broken, and there is a hole that can never be filled from your loss, but I am at peace knowing you are with the Lord and I’ll see you again some day.

  4. Betsye Walker
    May 6, 2015 8:45 pm

    I will never forget the many kind things you did for me. Nor will I ever forget your beautiful smile and happy laughs. You were larger than life and I cherish the opportunity the Lord gave me to be part of your family. I know you are now resting in peace my sweet lady.

  5. Glen Russell
    May 7, 2015 3:35 am

    Barbara was by far one of the sweetest and most kind hearted people I’ve ever met. I was fortunate enough to have met Barbara through her cousin Sondra, many years ago. Every time I saw her, I was always greeted with her beautiful smile and a hug. I will sure miss her and the laughs we had together. Barbara brought something special into my life and I counted it an honor to be her friend.
    Those days after church on Sundays and mom and I running into her, Sondra and Dennis at the chinese restaurant were special times and will never be forgotten. I love you Barbara and my prayers will be with your family.
    I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that you brought sunshine to everyone you met.
    The last time I saw Barbara was at Kmart in Madison. She had explained to me about the accident she had with a dog attacking her in the street. It broke my heart to hear what she had been through and we had a chance to get caught up on a few things in our lives and I thank God he allowed me the opportunity to tell her once again, that I loved her.
    All my love to you Barbara. Thanks for making me smile. Words can’t express how much you meant to my mother and I.
    Unfortunately mother is unable to attend the funeral but she sends her love and prayers to the family.

  6. Granville and Patricia Hicks
    May 7, 2015 10:47 am

    Never to be forgotten , I can only thank God to have been a part of your life and for all the family gatherings we had growing up . Our love and prayers are with you. Once again God seems to test our strength by breaking our hearts and taking all the good ones first to prepare a place for the rest of us to come.
    May God Bless you and your family and friends throughout this loss but bring us Peace in knowing we will meet again.
    All our love,
    Granville, Patricia and Family

  7. Janet Spencer
    May 7, 2015 3:12 pm

    Barbara was a special friend and like a Mother to me. When my Mother passed away in March of 2007, Barbara and her dear cousin Sondra Cale, took me under their wings and gave me a hug every Sunday. I began sitting with her at Metro Baptist Church, and that is where I stayed. I will sit in your seat now, beside Sondra. I plan to be as faithful in that position as you were! Thank you for being a good friend to me and even grabbing my hand if you saw a tear.

    I LOVE you, and I’ll meet you by the Eastern Gate!

    Love forever, Janet Spencer

  8. Dennis and Sondra
    May 7, 2015 6:41 pm

    Barbara is a special lady. She would get together with Sondra and they would go shopping etc. Barbara helped brighten the life of everyone she met. We are looking forward to seeing you in heaven

  9. Margie Russell Snell
    May 18, 2015 5:39 pm

    I was very sorry to hear about Barbara passing away. I did not hear about Barbara’s passing till Sunday. If I had know, I would have been at the funeral. We grew up together going to Ivy Memorial Baptist Church.

    She always was such a caring person. We had good times on the different activities that we went as teenager at church.
    She will be missed here, but she is having a good time in heaven. May God be with in your time of sorry.

    Margie Russell Snell

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