Community support overflows for Walker family following son’s death

The Walker family, from left, James, Emily, Caroline, Jonathan and Sam. (Photo courtesy Sam Walker)

In a weekend Facebook post, Emily Walker wrote of her 19-year-old son’s smile, his sense of humor and his fierce loyalty as she thanked the Outer Banks community for an outpouring of love following his death in a car crash.

Jonathan Walker was killed Friday evening in a two-car accident on U.S. 158 in Currituck County near the Grave Digger monster truck shop, just a few miles from home. He fell asleep at the wheel on his way home from work, his mom wrote. His car drifted into oncoming traffic and crashed into a pickup truck around 5 p.m., N.C. Highway Patrol reported.

“He fell asleep on earth and woke up in God’s arms,” Emily Walker said.

Jonathan was a graduate of the Fork Union Military Academy and a member of the Virginia National Guard. He’d been set head to Charlottesville for a Saturday training drill.

Jonathan leaves behind his mom and dad, local newsman Sam Walker; older brother James, younger sister Caroline, grandparents, a girlfriend and many friends, co-workers and former classmates.

As news of the accident spread over the weekend, notes of support poured in from across the region and beyond. A few businesses have created fundraising campaigns to help the Walkers through the tragedy.

Coinjock Marina and Restaurant has started a Walker tab for anyone wishing to donate, which will go on gift card and held for the family.

“The Walker family can walk over in the coming days, weeks and months and not have to worry about their tab,” the business wrote on Facebook.

Donations can be made in person or over the phone at 252-453-3271.

Sweetpea Designs in Moyock is selling red and black “Currituck Strong” ribbons in honor of Jonathan, with 100 percent of the sale going to the Walker family. The ribbons are $20 each. The business is at 391 Caratoke Highway in Moyock.

Emily Walker said her family doesn’t have the words to express their thanks to the community for the show of support.

“Thank you is not enough … but right now it is all we have,” she wrote. “We love each and everyone of you. #walkerstrong #currituckstrong #fumastrong.”

A funeral will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Elizabeth City. A reception will follow in the parish hall.