Burnis L. “Poo” Walker

Burnis L. “Poo” Walker, of Jena, went to his eternal home on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, two days shy of his 89th birthday. He was born on September 13, 1929 to Maude and Ossie Walker in Cotton Valley, Louisiana. He was one of eight children, including a twin sister. Poo graduated from Cotton Valley High School in 1947 and continued his education at Louisiana Tech, graduating in 1952 with a degree in Business Administration. After College he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. On May 16, 1953, he married his Cotton Valley sweetheart Martha Ferguson. In 1954, he brought his wife and first child, Kay, to Jena, to begin his career at Justiss-Mears Oil Company. In the following years Poo and Martha had two more children, a son Jamey and a daughter Gaile. Poo was first and foremost a Christian and longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Jena. The relationships he developed later in life through the church had a strong and positive influence on his beliefs and helped strengthen his faith in Christ as he neared the end. Poo worked for Justiss Oil for 37 years, the final 11 years as Production Manager. He retired on September 13, 1991, his 62nd birthday. He developed many close relationships with fellow workers at Justiss over the years. Many of those coworkers and associates have passed on, but those who remain came to see him in the last days. Poo was an avid hunter and fisherman. Some of his most joyous times were spent with family and friends just being outdoors. His greatest love though was his family, especially his ‘grands’ and ‘great-grands’ who affectionately called him Pappy. Pappy was always ready to give advice or share his knowledge. His most precious gift to us all was the gift of time. Time spent with family on the deer lease, picking peaches, playing games or just talking around the kitchen table was precious. His quick wit, great sense of humor, and big heart leaves us and his friends with many happy memories. We will sorely miss him. Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at First Baptist Church in Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Clyde Edward Walker, Mattie Lee McBride, Frank Walker, Edna Mae Powell and Donald Walker. He is survived by his loving wife of 65-years, Martha Walker; daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Marty McClure of Jena; son and daughter-in-law, Jamey and Janel Walker of Longview, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Gaile and Aron Johnson of Tyler, TX; eight grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; sister, Francis Stephens of Shreveport; and twin sister, Bernice Andrews of Smyrna, GA. Pallbearers were his grandsons, Chris McClure, Chad McClure, Chance McClure, Jason Walker, Jereme Johnson and Jordan Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Killingsworth, Boots Phillips, Buck Poole, Junior Hudspeth and Mike Morgan. Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Jena.

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