James (Jimi) Dent Walker, Jr., was born on December 7, 1954, in Washington, D.C. He was the oldest of four children and the only son born to James Dent Walker, Sr., and Barbara Dodson Walker. As a child, Jimi was raised a devout Catholic and he sang in the choir at St. Mathew’s Cathedral. Jimi attended Calvert School for his primary and secondary education, graduating in 1968. He attended St John’s College High School for three years and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1972.
Jimi initiated his adult education at Howard University. He later joined the U.S. Air Force and completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. in September of 1973. Jimi served as an Airman First Class and was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base where he served as a Communications Center Specialist. He was honorably discharged in October 1975.
In 1977, Jimi met and married his former wife, Donna Mason. From this union he had a daughter, Robyn Nicol who was born in 1979.
Jimi began his career of federal service with the U.S. Postal Service in 1983. He served the Greater Washington, D.C. area as a Mail Handler at the Brentwood Road facility for 20 years. After leaving the postal service, he held various positions, including an Office Manager for a local dental office, and a Driver/Dispatch Manager for the Dulles Airport Baggage Service. Later in life, he became a contractor assisting in the remodeling of homes in the upper northwest area of Washington, D.C., and throughout other sections of the metropolitan area.
Jimi was known for his kind heart and pleasant spirit. He was always willing to help anyone in need no matter what it took. As a child, he frequently ran errands for neighbors and helped whenever he could. He loved music, enjoyed traveling, and found pleasure in working with his hands, and playing and watching sports. He had a special fondness for supporting D.C.’s local National Football Team. Jimi had a special affinity for wearing turquoise and silver jewelry and he was almost never seen without several silver chains, bracelets, and rings.
Through his own health challenges, Jimi supported many friends during their time of need. He was always full of life and happy to spend time with friends and family.
On Saturday, November 19, 2022, God called Jimi home to rest. He passed away at the Washington VA Medical Center in the District of Colombia due to heart complications. He is survived by his mother, Barbara; sisters, Barbara (“Bobi”) Brissett, Althea Davis (Kerwin), and Susan Walker; daughter, Robyn Robertson (Victor); Niece, Jacquelynne Kell (Brandon), nephews Dominic Brissett (Heather), Malcolm and Miles Davis; Uncles Donald, Maurice, and Joseph Walker; Aunts Jean Jackson and JoAnne Birch (Walter); cousins; extended family; friends; and his faithful companion, Leila, a yellow Labrador.
The family wishes to extend gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and support staff at the Washington VA Medical Center for their care over the years. In addition, acknowledgement is offered to the many friends, old and new who have reached out to the family to extend their condolences. Your kind expressions of sympathy and friendship will always remain in our memories. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.
If you wish to continue to honor Jimi, donations can be made in his name to the American Heart Association.
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