Resident of the Month
Meet Barbara Walker
Barbara Walker, the resident of the month at Legacy Ridge Trussville Assisted Living, was born on March 27, 1935, in Wetumpka, Alabama, to parents Cecil and Bernice Harris. She had a younger sister named Alice Padgett, who has since passed away. Barbara’s family relocated to Birmingham when she was five years old. She attended Woodlawn High School, where she met her future husband, William “Roland” Jones (later known as Bill), who was three years her senior. At the age of 18, Barbara married Bill while he was on a three-day leave from the army. Together, they had four daughters.
Barbara was a devoted stay-at-home mom but also took on part-time jobs to support her family. She had a strong passion for sports and played volleyball and tennis during her school years. Golf was another sport she loved, and she and Bill enjoyed playing golf and tennis together. Even after Bill’s passing in December 1990, Barbara continued to play golf, and she even achieved a hole-in-one while playing with her new husband, Jack, at the Cahaba Valley Country Club in Trussville.
Barbara had a deep appreciation for the outdoors and gardening, boasting a green thumb and tending to beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. After Bill’s sudden passing in 1990, she began working at Alabama Central Credit Union, where she met a coworker who introduced her to Jack Walker. Jack had lost his wife to cancer, and although Barbara was initially unsure about him (he was a square dancer), they eventually fell in love. She even joined the square dancing group and, over the years, built a blended family with Jack, who had six children of his own, alongside Barbara’s four. They have been married for 31 years, and Barbara became a grandmother to Jack’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The couple enjoyed traveling in their earlier years and went on numerous cruises. They were also avid card and game players, often gathering with friends to enjoy games. Their love for lake life led them to reside on the lake in Pell City for most of their married life until they decided to move to Legacy Ridge.