Nashville Says Goodbye To Jeff Walker
August 28, 2015 at 2:02 PM (PT)
Friends, family, and business associates gathered this afternoon (8/28) at NASHVILLE’s FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH for a final farewell to ARISTO MEDIA GROUP CEO JEFF WALKER, who passed away earlier this week. (NET NEWS 8/25).
Everyone who spoke had a different anecdote, recalling WALKER’s ability to conjure up a groan-worthy but hilarious pun at a moment’s notice. Former MUSIC ROW Publisher DAVID ROSS remembered the two walking in TORONTO, CANADA when both saw a “No Jaywalking” sign. ROSS recalled WALKER reassuring him that, if a police officer stopped them, he’d show his license, saying, “I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve been a J. WALKER my entire life.”
Longtime friend DAVE WOODWARD said even WALKER would’ve seen the irony in this afternoon’s event, imagining WALKER commenting, “This is a grave situation.” MUSIC ROW’s unofficial Mayor, CHARLIE MONK, capped off a humorous talk with a serious, heartwarming final comment saying, “I have loved JEFF WALKER for 40 years – and so has everyone here today.”
WALKER’s children, JONATHAN and CHRISTY, each spoke warmly of their dad, both quoting lyrics from the song “My Wish,” which he often quoted to them for inspiration. CHRISTY WALKER recalled referring to her dad as being "Punny," telling the audience her dad had just wrapped up a very happy time spent on vacation with the entire family, which included his beloved grandchildren. She reassured mourners WALKER was in a stress-free, happy place and the family was also at peace. A private interment followed today’s ceremony; a celebration of life is also being planned, and details will be shared as they are completed and released.