Community support overflows for Walker family after son’s death

By on February 10, 2019

The Walker family, from left, James, Emily, Caroline, Jonathan and Sam. (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., the N.C. State Highway Patrol reported.

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

Jonathan was a graduate of the Fork Union Military Academy and a member of the Virginia National Guard. He’d been set to 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 has started a Walker tab for anyone wishing to donate, which will go on a gift card and be 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 service will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at Christ Episocpal Church in Elizabeth City. A reception will follow at Currituck County Middle School.

Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12- Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 1/24/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from theWhiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi (alex.palagyi@ for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.


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