"John (“Rod”) Walker, age 61, of Columbia, SC, passed away peacefully on December 23rd at his home surrounded by family. He was born on September 10th, 1962 to the late Benjamin F. and Jean H. Walker. Rod touched the lives of many with his immediate openness, warmth, wisdom, and sense of humor.
Rod pursued his education at Clemson University and went on to lead a successful professional career in the energy industry - ultimately establishing his own consulting practice which left a lasting impact on his colleagues and the communities they served and clients they helped.
Rod is survived by his 6 children, Jeremy, Emily, Abigail, Timothy, Sam, and Zachary as well as grandchildren, Leland and Everly Walker. Rod's passions included cooking and sampling food from around the world as well as reading, writing and hiking. He could often be found in the kitchen or at the grill, settled into a chair reading a good book, or outside admiring the beauty of nature.
A Memorial Service will be held on January 6th, 2023 at 1pm-3pm at Thompson Funeral Home on 845 Leesburg Rd. Columbia, SC. Friends and family are invited to attend and celebrate Rod's life.