NORTH BRUNSWICK - JOHNNY RAY WALKER transitioned on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ. He was 68 years old.
Born in Swannanoa, NC, he resided there and in New York, NY, before settling down in North Brunswick, NJ, 27 years ago.
Johnny worked for over three decades in the construction industry. He was previously an entrepreneur having owned and operated Outback Construction in New York City. In 2014 he retired from employment as a Superintendent at Sugar Hill Construction and Design.
Johnny is a veteran of the Vietnam War and earned several medals: National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; and Sharpshooter (Rifle) Award. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1972, after three years of service.
Johnny was a proud family man to his wife, kids, and grands. He loved to cook for them and the neighborhood. He relished the moments of family and friend gatherings, where he tastefully and meticulously created delectable cuisines, prepared on dual grills situated outside the house (including a smoker filled with hickory chips and wooden logs). He had a stellar reputation for serving up his mouth watering, slow cooked, "slap ya mama" ribs and he reigned supreme as the Grill Master. Johnny also had gifted hands. He designed and built custom homes, wooden decks, original furniture pieces, clocks, cutting boards, statues... and his craftsmanship was impeccable. Johnny was also an avid North Carolina sports fan! He loved the Tar Heels and the Panthers, and spent many hours posted in his recliner on football Sundays with a steady flow of Budweiser (and Johnny Walker Blue for Super Bowl), feasting on chicken wings while rooting for his home teams. And, of course, rocking the Carolina blue team jerseys.
Johnny was predeceased by his parents, Earl and Johnnie Mae (Crocker) Walker; two brothers, Tony A. Walker and Matthew Walker; and his parents-in-law, Johnny and Levern Crain.
Surviving are his loving wife of over 25 years, Brenda Crain-Walker; his three sons, Raymond Walker (Aj'a) of North Brunswick, NJ, Jonavan Walker (Monique) of Junction City, KS, and Anthony Walker of Anderson, SC; his three daughters, JaVonda Covington of Charlotte, NC, Dawana Bates (Melvin) of Junction City, KS, and Cassaundra Michele of South Brunswick, NJ; his three brothers, James F. Walker of Asheville, NC, Reverend Victor L. Walker (Angella) of Greenville, SC, and Preston O. Walker (Daphne) of Columbia, SC; his two sisters, Rosie W. Harrell of Asheville, NC, and DeLois W. Washington of Durham, NC; twenty-one grandchildren, including Ryan, Kianna, Kendra, Jamarea, Jonavan, Jr., Jakiya, Dakota, Serenity, and Jeremiah; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021, at the Brunswick Memorial Home, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ. Friends are welcome to join the visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The funeral will commence at 10 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. Military honors and entombment will follow at the Chapel of Meditation Mausoleum located at Franklin Memorial Park, 1800 State Route 27, North Brunswick, NJ. For directions, please visit our "Services" page.
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
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