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Walker Joyce Atkinson funeral arrangements, obituary

Walker Joyce Atkinson, (Walker J) went to heaven Aug. 28, 2016, at the age of 14. The funeral service will be held Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Oxford, with the Rev. John Semmes and the Rev. Ann Kelly officiating.

A catered reception and visitation will take place Wednesday evening, Aug. 31, 2016, from 4:30 – 7 p.m. in West Hall at Waller Funeral Home.

Walker was an eigth grader at Lafayette Middle School. He loved the outdoors and spent every moment he possibly could outside. He spent as much time as he could on a tractor, cutting, raking and baling hay.

His best friend in the world, James “Booger” Durham, taught him to drive a tractor, fix anything that was broken, wrangle cows and more. Walker loved the time he spent with Booger farming. Walker also loved horseback riding. He had two horses he dearly loved and looked after every day.

His dog, Piper, and Walker were inseparable. From the time he left for school, until he returned home, she sat and stared at the door waiting for his return. She joined him in Heaven and her remains are being laid to rest alongside Walker.

Walker is survived by his parents, Brandall Laughlin Atkinson and Doug Atkinson, his brothers, Laughlin, Harrison and Avery, both sets of grandparents, Linda and King Laughlin of Dallas, Texas and Pat and Richard Atkinson of Oxford.

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ.”- Philippians 3:14

Memorial contributions in Walker’s memory may be made to the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society, 413 McElroy Drive, Oxford, MS or Mississippi Horses, 569 North Old Canton Road, Madison, MS 39110.

For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.