Mrs. Jacqueline Hodges Walker
May 30, 1925 - February 10, 2018
Jacqueline Hodges Walker, of Lawrenceville, GA, died Feb. 10 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Lawrenceville, following hospitalization in Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville. She was born in Richmond, VA, on May 30, 1925, and was raised in South Hill, VA, the daughter of the late Yewell Melvin and Ellis Elizabeth (Foster) Hodges. Jackie graduated from South Hill High School and attended West Hampton College, of the University of Richmond, in Richmond, VA, and left school in her junior year. She married the love of her life, Henry Streit Walker II, on Feb. 23, 1946, at South Hill Methodist Church, with a reception at the family's home on Franklin Street, just up the street from the high school.
Jackie and her new husband soon moved to the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and started married life in on-campus housing provided for young couples following the wind-down of WWII. After receiving a bachelor's degree in history, Hank taught high school in a variety of subjects in various small towns in the state, and also coached football. He returned to UVA for his master's degree in history but left following his youngest child's birth to accept a teaching position in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia in 1951. The Walkers settled with their four children in the Groveton area, and eventually moved into a larger house in the mid-1960s where they would reside until 2002.
Jackie's love for music led her to a position playing the piano and general duties for the Alexandria School for the Handicapped after the Walkers' oldest child and only son Henry was diagnosed with special needs (then known as mental retardation). Although she never finished her bachelor's degree, Jackie regularly took college-level courses in the Northern Virginia area and the University of Maryland in special education and recreation. In fact, she was in charge of a summer recreation program in Fairfax County, VA, for the disabled for many years. In addition, Jackie was a teacher's aide in special education in several different schools, ending her career at a high school job training program in horticulture and hospitality services.
The Girl Scouts played an important part in Jackie's life, as she served as a leader and co-leader for many years. She was also active in a special education Sunday School class at Groveton Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA, as well as singing in the senior choir group, the Solid Rock.
Following retirement, Jackie quickly entered the docent program at the National Archives in Washington, DC, where she gave tours and worked with school groups.
In 2002, Jackie, Hank and their son Henry moved to Lawrenceville, GA, to be near two of their daughters, and found a one-level home across the street from their youngest daughter, Ann.
Survivors include son Henry Walker III, daughters Ellis Hodges Coon, of Henrico, VA, and partner Marty Fixman, Jacqueline McGowan, of Lawrenceville, GA, and fiance Steve Dupont, Ann Carter Duncan, of Lawrenceville, GA, and husband William F. Duncan; grandchildren Elaine Westbrook, Elizabeth Coon, Kathryn McGowan; and great grandchildren Nadine Stotler, Claire Stotler, Marissa Stotler, Savannah Gibbs, Hannah Gibbs, Virginia Gibbs, Ryleigh Palmer, Josiah Palmer, Olivia Palmer; and step great grandchildren Rachel and Riley Westbrook. She was preceded by her parents, her husband, her brothers Melvin Hodges and Falcon Hodges, of South Hill, and her sisters LeNeve Hodges Adams, of Raleigh, NC, and Betsy Sterman, of Washington, DC.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in South Hill.
Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home, South Hill, VA, is serving the family