Jane Williamson Walker

Jane Williamson Walker

Barbara “Jane” Williamson Walker, 85, of Meridian, died Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Jane was a native of McIntosh County.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Charles A. Walker; two daughters, Marianna Durant Hagan of Valona, Suzanne Durant Forsyth of Valona; and two sons, Charles J. Durant of Valona and John C. Forsyth, also of Valona; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John “Jack” Isham Williamson, a native of Whiteville, North Carolina, and Emily Ann (née Rice) Williamson, a native of Marshallville, Georgia, and they were former longtime residents of Darien.

A retired registered nurse, she was an insatiable reader with an interest in many subjects, particularly local history.  She was an avid and knowledgeable gardener, as well as a skilled bridge player. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and an active participant in their tutoring program. For many years, she was at the forefront for the McIntosh County Chapter of the American Red Cross blood drives.

She was exceptionally compassionate to animals–adopting, indulging and sometimes (usually) spoiling countless dogs and cats. She had a one-eyed slightly lame, Golden Retrieverish “Sunday”, who she found abandoned at the Meridian dumpster. He was, with the aid of a hambone, coaxed into the car. He and Jane were in no time inseparable and for the next 11 years he was her steadfast companion.  She missed him dearly and spoke of him often, as he was the standard by which she assessed all dogs. True to form, we talked about him during our last phone conversation just a few days before her death. She so hoped that one day she would get to see that old, gentle, mud-covered dog again.

Graveside services will be held at St. Andrew’s Cemetery on Saturday, March 6, at 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, please do something kind for the McIntosh County Animal Shelter. Who knows, your own “Sunday” might be there waiting on you!