Michael Dennis Walker

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Michael Dennis Walker

August 28, 1954 ~ January 26, 2014 (age 59)


Michael Dennis Walker, 59, retired Randolph County Environmental Health Director, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Carillon of Asheboro. He was born August 28, 1954, in Asheboro, NC; the son of Iris Gunter and the late Edgar Walker. After graduating from Asheboro High School in 1972, he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology at East Carolina University. He returned to Asheboro, NC in 1987 and began his career with the Randolph County Environmental Health Department.  In 2001, with his steadfast and unconditional service to the citizens of Randolph County along with the respect of his peers, he achieved the position of Randolph County Environmental Health Director; the culmination of his 22 year career. Mike retired in 2010, pronouncing that his service was an “honor and privilege”. He was lovingly committed to his wife, Cindy of 37 years, and sons, Colin and Evan. Mike’s unwavering patience, humble wisdom, powerful modesty, and dry wit were but a few of his endearing qualities. Mike thoroughly enjoyed communing with nature, serving as an assistant scout master of NC Troop 527 for over a decade. He also enjoyed spending time cooking, gardening, and golfing and fishing with his sons. Mike is survived by his wife, Cindy; Sons, Colin & Evan Walker; Mother, Iris Gunter & husband, Leonard; Sisters, Paula York & husband Terri; Sharon Green & husband, Anthony; Brother, Jon Walker & wife, Anita; Mother-in-law, Evelyn Reaves; Brother-in-laws, Chuck Reaves & wife, Caren and Ross Reaves & wife, Debbie; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30th at 4pm at First United Methodist Church, Asheboro, NC. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church & Hospice of Randolph County


Funeral Service

Thursday, January 30, 2014
4:00 PM
First United Methodist Church Directions
Asheboro, NC

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  • January 27, 2014
    George Mason says:
    "A good name is better than good oil, and the day of death is better than the day of birth. Better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting,  for that is the end of every man, and the living should take it to heart."  (Ecclesiastes 7:1,2) "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. "   (Acts 24:15)

  • January 27, 2014
    Steve Steinbeck says:
    The passing of Mike Walker is met with great sadness for many reasons. His dedicated public service leaves a legacy for the citizens of Randolph County and the State of North Carolina of a healthier and much improved environment. Among his peers he was most respected and considered one of the best in his field.   In this time of need, my our Lord wrap the family of Mike Walker in His comforting blanket.

  • January 28, 2014
    Scott Greene says:
    Mike Walker will truly be missed by all that have gotten to know him. Mike and I started in EH about the same time and became close through the years together. I consider Mike a dear friend. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • January 28, 2014
    mike reavis says:
    I knew Mike through public health committees and organizations. He was a true gentleman and an outstanding environmental health professional. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • January 28, 2014
    Stacey Williams Robbins says:
    Mike and I worked together in Randolph County many years ago.  He was outstanding as a co-worker and person.  He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • January 28, 2014
    Patrick Muse says:
    I'm very saddened to hear of Mike's passing.  I first met Mike when I served as an officer with the Environmental Health Supervisors Association from 1996-2000.  I always trusted Mike for guidance and he proved to be a great mentor.  His calm and quit nature was reassuring to me.  I'm thankful for his life and service to his community.  Sending prayers to his family as they deal with his loss.

  • January 28, 2014
    Dr William Walker says:
    I first met Mike during my first tour on the Board of Health, and was amazed at his thoroughness and dedication to his job. Later we always seemed to cross paths at ECU while our kids attended. Mike is greatly missed. He was a first class guy to everyone. Kathy and I give our thoughts and prayers to Cindy and family.