Memorial services for Ben Walker III, a lifelong resident of Tribbett, Mississippi, will be held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, July 3, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Leland. He passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 30, 2022. A private burial will be held at a later date in the Greenville Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Leland.
Ben was born on November 19th, 1947, to Ben Walker, junior and Ruth Wasson Walker. He attended Leland High School, graduating in 1965. For his college career he attended both Ole Miss and Delta State University, graduating from the latter in 1969. While at Ole Miss, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. In the mid 1970’s he fell in love with Anita Parkerson of Greenwood, Mississippi. The two were wed in 1976 and returned to reside in Ben’s beloved Tribbett community, where he farmed his family’s land, Fairfax Plantation. The couple was blessed with three beautiful daughters, April, Rebekah, and Paden. While raising their daughters, they built many lifelong friendships in Tribbett and the entire Delta community. Ben was an active member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church of Leland, where he served on the Vestry and many of the church committees. He served on Delta Council’s Board of Directors and participated in Producers Information Exchange with farmers throughout the United States. Ben, lovingly known as BB, most enjoyed spending his time with his girls and his six grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughters, April Walker Andrews (Nolan) of Leland MS, Rebekah Walker Meyer (John) of Merigold, and Paden Walker Dawkins of Leland MS; his grandchildren, Mia and Kate Andrews, Ben Latham and Rayner Meyer, and Walker and Rhodes Dawkins; and a sister, Montie Walker Walker of Franklin TN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother, Baby Doll Walker, and his cherished wife, Anita Parkerson Walker.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Saint John’s Episcopal Church of Leland or Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.
A visitation will be held Sunday, July 3rdat the home of April and Nolan Andrews on Deer Creek in Leland from 2:00-4:00 p.m.