Michael Anthony Walker

Published 1:38 pm Thursday, April 28, 2016

Michael Anthony Walker, 20, of Cumberland, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016 surrounded by his family and friends. He was born December 14, 1995 in West Jordan, Utah to Melissa French.

Michael attended school in Prince Edward and completed his education in Cumberland. He then took a year to prepare himself for a higher education by working at Food Lion in Powhatan and enrolled at Ferrum beginning with the fall semester in 2015. It was perfect for Michael, he was working towards a degree in Biology or Environmental Science and the mountains of Franklin County were a favorite of his. While at Ferrum, he was also able to enjoy Greek life, the soccer and cross country teams and continued to make close and meaningful relationships with his peers. Michael was happiest when surrounded by people and especially when there was a game of soccer to be played.

Only two things surpassed his love of people and soccer, his family and the love he had for our Heavenly Father. He has an extremely close relationship with his mom. Michael was active for many years in the youth program at his church and assisted whenever possible and planned for an extensive mission trip after college.

He is survived by his mom and dad, Melissa and Neal French; father, John Walker of Utah; brother and sisters, Kamen, Brittin and McKenna Beckstrand of Utah; grandparents, Mary Alice Seamster, Lucille Walker and Hugh and Anita French; many uncles, aunts and cousins. He is preceded in death by grandfathers, Jerry Seamster and Butch Walker.

Michael’s wonderful smile and warm, loving personality, and love for life will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Visitation followed by a memorial service will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30, at New Life Church, Farmville, with a lunch reception to follow at the church. Graveside will follow at Grove Cemetery in Cumberland.

Condolences can be sent to 971 Frenchs Store Road, Cumberland, VA 23040.

The family gratefully requests no flowers, but would appreciate your kind words or a donation towards Michael’s expenses.

Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, is in charge of arrangements. www.shorterfuneralhome.com