James ‘Jim’ Cooper Walker joined our family on the tenth day of his life, January 19, 1984. We adopted Jim from Edna Gladney in Fort Worth on a very cold winter day, and he warmed our hearts. In Junior High, Jim first traveled to Washington, D.C. and New York with the Waxahachie Washington Warriors. It was love at first sight with New York. In High School, Jim played the timpani drums at the Texas State Marching Contest in Waco, Texas and later marched in the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade in New York when the temperature never climbed above 20 degrees.
After High School, Jim went to Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. At Landmark, Jim blossomed into a wonderful young man with an outgoing, infectious personality that gained him many, many friends. Jim always said his time at Landmark was the best time of his life. After graduation with an Associate’s Degree, Jim continued his relationship forged at Landmark while also maintaining close friendships from High School. After Landmark Jim attended Lynn University and Texas State University where he joined a social fraternity and really loved playing Rugby.
Jim was the go-to-guy for anyone that needed him. He absolutely loved you guys. Jim was always supportive of his friends, and he would fly across the country, if necessary, to assist a friend in need. Friends and family were always first.
Jim enjoyed golf, skiing, any kind of sporting event, country music, Texas Longhorns, Tubing on the river, family events, gathering of friends, Oma’s Jiffy Burgers and Cloudcroft and White Sands, New Mexico. Jim also loved Green Woodlands, being outdoors, riding snow mobiles, driving large equipment and helping with the bears and conservation. Edna Gladney was always very special to Jim.
On August 4, 2017, at only 33 years old, Jim left this life much too early and without an explanation. We love him deeply and miss him greatly. He is survived by his parents, Suzanne and David Walker of Waxahachie, his brother Thomas Walker of Waxahachie and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and many friends.
Service are provided by Wayne Boze Funeral Home 1826 W. Hwy 287 Business Waxahachie, Texas. http://www.waynebozefuneralhome.com/.
Visitation with Jim’s family and friends is scheduled for Friday, August 11, 2017, from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home located at 1826 W. Hwy 287 Business in Waxahachie, Texas. Followed by a graveside service at the Waxahachie City Cemetery.
Jim’s family invites you to be with them and Jim’s friends at the Waxahachie Civic Center in the Crape Myrtle Room for Lunch and Refreshments from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm. The opportunity to continue your celebration of Jim’s life will continue here at the Crape Myrtle Room until 4:30 pm.
Then those that wish to visit with Jim’s parents and Jim’s brother are invited to Walker’s home located at 909 W. Marvin Ave. Waxahachie, Texas.
Jim would appreciate donations made in his name to Edna Gladney Adoption Services… http://adoptionsbygladney.com/
For more than 125 years Gladney has been a pioneer and leading voice for improving the lives of children, adoptive families, and birth parents. Gladney’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of birth parents, families, and children here and around the world.
Landmark College is a private college exclusively for those with diagnosed learning disabilities, attention disorders or autism. Located in Putney, Vermont, Landmark offers two and four-year programs in the liberal arts and sciences.
Green Woodlands Foundation (https://www.gofundme.com/green-woodlands)
Green Woodlands ( http://www.greenwoodlands.org) is a multi-generational family limited partnership with a goal of preserving a little piece of nature for many future generations. Primary activities are wildlife management, research and education, historical preservation, environmental research and education, sustainable “green” forestry, and forest property preservation.