Ronda H. Walker
July 8, 1943 - September 23, 2023

Ronda Henry Walker of Sneads Ferry, NC passed away peacefully at home on September 23, 2023, with his devoted wife of 60 years by his side. Ronda was 80 years old.

Ronda was born on July 8, 1943, in Lenoir, NC to the late Everett Walker and Elizabeth Grinarml. He is preceded in death by his stepmother, Henrietta Walker, and stepfather, Ed Grinarml. Ronda was blessed to have a big sister, Sylvia Jean Martin, of Chilhowie, Virginia.

Ronda is survived by his wife, Gearldean Laws Walker. Ronda and Gearldean were married on February 16, 1963, in the parsonage of Tabernacle Advent Christian Church in Lenoir, NC. Ronda is also survived by his children, Donald Walker of Maple Hill, NC, and Shannon Sessions (Tom), of Hampstead, NC. With great sadness, his son, Todd Walker, of Lenoir, NC, predeceased him by almost five years. Todd’s wife, Elizabeth Walker, was regarded by Ronda as a daughter as well. Ronda is survived by seven grandchildren (in order by age); Erica Kirkland (Chris) of Summerville, SC; Garrett Sessions (Brittany) of Durham, NC; Dustin Sessions (Heather) of Hampstead, NC; Alex Black of Hickory, NC; Shelby Sessions (Sarah-Gray) of Chicago, IL; Levi Walker of Maple Hill, NC; and Michael Walker of Maple Hill, NC. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren: Lily, Holden, and Everett Kirkland of Summerville, SC; Cambrian, Brooklyn and Axel Sessions of Hampstead, NC; and Isla Grace Gaither of Newton, NC. He is also survived by many precious nieces and nephews.

Ronda had a penchant for finding shark teeth and four-leaf clovers and had the ability to scare you with an unexpected, high-pitched yelp. His laugh could not be mistaken for anyone else’s, and the only one who could compare was his sister, Sylvia Jean. He loved cars and had the tendency to trade often in his younger days. At times, his children’s friends would refer to the driveway as Walker’s Used Car Lot. He loved hot fudge sundaes and could probably eat his weight in crab legs. When his children were younger, they were no match for him when it came to short sprints – he was fast! He loved Christmas, except for putting lights on the tree. He loved “clean” dumpster diving and scary ghost hunts and cried when people won in the game shows he loved to watch. Ronda had a pin-ball machine in his home and added an arcade to his grocery store, which he frequented quite often. This love of games extended to Nintendo and all the Zelda games they created. He loved to play card games. He took them quite seriously, was incredibly competitive, and did not cut anyone any slack, even his children. The family’s revenge was playing Scrabble, because spelling was not his strong suit. Ronda was a self-taught woodworker, able to make many things. He was most well-known for his bird houses, bird feeders, benches, and swings.

More recently he made fold-up Adirondack chairs, which were immensely popular. Ronda and Gearldean started vacationing at Topsail Island, NC near the beginning of their marriage. Until their move to the island in 1986, the family made yearly vacations and several mini trips each year. Sometimes, day trips took place, which were exciting, but long, since 1-40 had not been finished yet. Ronda owned W & W Supermarket in Lenoir, NC, for many years. After moving to the coast, he was employed by and retired from Frito Lay. Upon retirement, he worked part-time at Village Ace Hardware.

Prior to moving to the coast, Ronda and Gearldean were members of Tabernacle Advent Christian Church in Lenoir, NC. Upon moving, they joined Blake’s Chapel Advent Christian Church in Hampstead, NC. At Blake’s Chapel, Ronda was active in church activities to include men’s fellowship, the finance committee, and serving as a Deacon.

A memorial service will be held, Saturday, October 7th, at 11:00 a.m. at Blake’s Chapel Advent Christian Church at 88 Blakes Chapel Road, Hampstead, NC. A time to fellowship with the family will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Blake’s Chapel Advent Christian Church at 88 Blakes Chapel Road, Hampstead, NC, 28443.

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Coastal Cremations of Jacksonville is serving the family.


  • Lana Laws Posted September 29, 2023 4:53 pm

    Ronda was one of the sweetest, gentlest souls I’ve ever encountered. To make (or even just hear) him giggle was such a gift, and I’m glad to have known him. Gearldean, I know he was the love of your life. Sending you guys so much love.

  • Adriane Laws Posted September 29, 2023 5:04 pm

    Ronda was one of the most gentle people I knew as a child. I will always remember his kind, calming presence, and of course, his unmistakable laugh. I am thinking of the family with love and sending thoughts and heartfelt prayers. May you all find peace and know deep within your being that death of the body is not the end. I love you all.

  • Amanda Summers Posted September 30, 2023 7:19 am

    Please know that we ladies at the Sneads Ferry Library will miss Mr. Ronda so very much. We looked forward to his visits to find books for himself and Mrs. Gearldean. His giggle and story-telling was the best thing about our day! What a wonderful, kind, talented man he was! I will cherish the porch swing he made for me. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Ellen Church Posted September 30, 2023 5:51 pm

    Growing up Uncle Ronda was my favorite. His kindness, gentleness and love he showed to myself, siblings and other cousins was exceptional. His infectious laugh, if you heard his laugh you’d recognize it any where. Times all the Aunts and Uncles would come to our house to play cards, watch movies, make ice cream or go fishing are fond memories I will always cherish.
    Knowing and having the faith in Christ and the resurrection, that we will see Ronda again one day. Helps ease the loss of losing him.
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love you. ❤️

  • Stephanie Icenhour Posted September 30, 2023 11:44 pm

    I remember going to Geraldine and Rhonda’s in Lower Creek and swimming when I was young. I remember being sad when they moved away. I always enjoyed when they would come back to Lenoir to visit. Rhonda was always smiling, always kind and I remember his unmistakable laugh. My heart and prayers go out to his closest loved ones. I know he will be missed. Eighty used to seem old but, now being in my late fortys, it doesn’t seem that old. Life isn’t measured in years but it the lives you touch and impact and the memory you leave behind so, he’s still with us in a sense. We can be sure of a God in Heaven that keeps His promises, and there we will see Rhonda again. He is reunited with Todd. They will remain there happy and free from sadness, sickness and death. For that we can have hope and joy amongst the loss, pain and heartache. I love you all.

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