Norman Leo Walker, 75, of Mint Hill went home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 8, 2017. He leaves behind his loving wife of 49 years Sally Wentz Walker, two daughters Cindy Kerber and husband Jay Kerber, Julie Walker and Eric Thompson, brother Floyd Walker and wife Joanne. He adored his daughters and 5 grandchildren – Alyssa, Whitney, Jett, Brayden, and Brittney. Great fun was had at birthdays, the lake, and the beach.
He was born in Charlotte, graduated from Garinger High School in 1961. He always enjoyed his buddies from school and attended all the reunions. After high school, he served for 4 years in the Air Force stationed in California and Texas.
When he returned home to Charlotte, he finished a 1-year course at Charlotte Business College. He worked briefly for Duke Power and LaPointe Chevrolet but decided to return to working with his hands and start a business of his own – Walker Body Shop – where he worked with his brother Floyd. He could fix most anything whether it was with a car or the house, and he built the majority of their home.
He enjoyed house and yard projects, “precise painting”, car shows, golfing, boating, growing tomatoes, teasing cats, shooting at squirrels with the BB gun, Panthers football, eating orange creams, and the ocean. A trip to the beach wasn’t complete unless you went to Calabash to eat. He had spent a lot of time there fishing with his dad. He loved his girls – Cindy and Julie – being a great dad and attending their school activities., watching them perform as letter girls and then visiting at college. And when the grandchildren came along, he could take more time to “play” and enjoyed going to their recitals, school programs, and all kinds of games – football and volleyball.
He grew up going to a Baptist Sunday School; but, when they moved to Mint Hill, they started going to Matthews UMC and he was baptized there. He and Sally joined Blair Road UMC in 1984 and enjoyed the worship and fellowship there. Norm was a quiet man, but he knew where he was going and who would hold his hand.