Elwood Jackson Walker



Elwood Jackson Walker, 84, of New Bern, NC died at home with loved ones by his side on Thursday November 23, 2017 after a long battle with declining health. Elwood was the first born of six children to Arnold and Nell Walker on September 26, 1933 in Duplin County, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Leonard Walker and Hal Walker.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lucille Barwick Walker, his sisters Grace Kennedy and Joan Stroud and her husband Bobby and brother Dwight Walker and wife Suzanne. He leaves behind four children, Clint Walker and wife Anita, Karon Walker and friend Jay Bagwell, Glenda Cote and friend Billy Harper, and Tim Walker; three grandchildren Eddie Anderson, Kristen Powell and husband Jeremy and Van Walker; two great grandchildren Kaylee Powell and Hunter Powell.
Elwood was raised on the family farm until joining the Army in 1950 while still in high school. During his three-year enlistment he served in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in August 1953 and returned to finish high school where he met the love of his life, Lucille Barwick. Elwood graduated B. F. Grady School, Albertson, NC class of 1954. Elwood and Lucille were married that summer and she went on to graduate B. F. Grady School class of 1955.
Elwoods’s love of farming led him to pursue a career in Agriculture at NC State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education in January 1959. He taught Agriculture at B. F. Grady his first two years out of college. While teaching he was recruited for a sales position by Spartan Grain & Mill Company and began work in Clinton, NC.
During his employment with Spartan Grain he was recommended for an executive position with New Bern Oil & Fertilizer Company, known as NOM or New Bern Oil Mill. He began his employment with the company as vice president in 1964. During his 20 years with the company he was promoted to executive vice president and later became president. He was very successful trading commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade and could often be observed monitoring the ‘ticker tape’ recordings for the market in his office. Elwood was also resident grain buyer and served the Grain and Feed Industry as President of the Carolinas-Virginia Grain and Feed Association, Inc. 1977-78. In January 2016 he was contacted by local news media for a live interview prior to the demolition of the landmark NOM grain silos that stood for decades on the New Bern waterfront property. Elwood’s health condition prevented him from being able to give the interview although he watched the news footage from his home.
Elwood enjoyed spending his weekends with his wife, four children and relatives on both of their family farms, boating on the Trent River with his children, teaching them to water ski, summer vacations at White Lake with his family, social gatherings with friends and family, afternoons training steers with his son Tim and hunt club weekends with his son Clint. Elwood’s love for farming began on his family’s farm and continued throughout his life. He often enjoyed a drive in the country to see how the local farmers’ crops and livestock were doing in the surrounding counties.
A memorial service will be held at Pink Hill Funeral Home located 1056 NC-11 S., Pink Hill, NC 28572 on Saturday December 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Visitation will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to a charity of your choice.