Devra Proctor Walker, a well-known Statesboro businesswoman, died Thursday after a brief illness, leaving behind many friends and associates who remember her as a vibrant, ambitious woman who treasured her family.
The daughter of Elder Emerson Proctor and the late Uldine Proctor, Walker was married to Roswell Lindsay Walker for 35 years. The couple owned several Statesboro-area businesses including multiple locations of Walker Pharmacy, the children’s specialty shop Little Doses, The Laundry Mat and Walker Home Medical.
Kala Allmond was emotional as she remembered her employer and friend on Friday.
“She was more than my employer; she was my teacher, my mentor, my supporter and, most of all, my family,” she said. “I can’t imagine facing the days ahead without her.”
Walker leaves behind three sons: Jordan Dent Walker, 27 (married to Kelcie Jacobs Walker); Lt. Brandon Proctor Walker, 24; and Griffin Lindsay Walker, 19. She was also a grandmother to a new baby born Feb. 14 to Jordan and Kelcie.
“I’ve known Devra for over 16 years,” said Kathy Montgomery. “She has become like a sister to me. She has been an inspiration, and the Walker family is part of my family.”
Walker graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She later achieved a master’s in accounting and carried her 4.0 GPA through graduate school.
The Walkers then moved to Statesboro, where she worked as a CPA before opening Walker Pharmacy in 1984. Lindsay works as pharmacist, while Devra served as buyer and CFO for the business.
Keely Fennel remembers Walker as “an incredible lady who touched so many lives.”
She was “unique and wonderful and started many businesses herself,” Fennel said. “A lot of people love her and will miss her.”
Friendships were as important to her as family, and “we had great trips, had our toenails painted, our kids grew up together, and we took vacations together,” said Stephanie Owens.
“She was just the best — fun-loving, quiet, enjoyed shopping, looking for beads or things for her stores,” she said.
Walker was a member of Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and was a member of the T. Roe Scott Bible study class.
She has received numerous awards and honors throughout the years, including being chosen as the 2013 Business Leader of the Year by the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce. She served on the Bulloch County Development Authority for more than 10 years and held the position of secretary and treasurer.
She also served on the board of directors for a local bank, as well as in various positions with the Statesboro Service League over a 20-year period, including president. She served on the Bulloch Academy executive board of directors as treasurer and on the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce board of directors. A member of the Georgia Society of CPAs, she served as president of the Southeast Division and was honored as a past Business Woman of the Year by the Professional Women of Statesboro.
“She had a generous, sweet spirit,” Montgomery said. “She has been an inspiration to me.”
Allmond said she has many memories with Walker.
“I will forever cherish our road trips to Market, dinners at Ted’s, late-night jewelry parties and the best shopping a girl could ask for,” she said.
Growing up, Walker “was always busy, as she was as an adult,” said her aunt Mary Allison Proctor. “She was never idle, and so much of a family person. She gave such joy and had such strong faith.”
Crystal Evans was Walker’s hairdresser for years and said she will miss her friend deeply.
“I will miss her smile, her joy and laughter,” she said. “She loved, loved, loved her family. I’m going to miss those conversations with her. She was full of grace, love and intelligence and as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.”
Visitation for Devra Walker will be at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The funeral service will be held Sunday at Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with Elder Randy Waters officiating.
A private graveside service will be held at the Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery afterward.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.