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At the time of his death he had just completed his term of office as President of the Bar Association of Norfolk, Portsmouth and Norfolk county.

For years he had been an earnest and consistent Christian, and was

a member of St. Luke's Episcopal church, and had served as one of its vestrymen.

He was also a zealous Mason, loved its sublime mysteries, and in his daily life worthily exemplified its tenets and precepts.

Of the broadest sympathies, everything that related to the welfare of his State or country readily engaged his attention and he always responded to the call of his people and party, and with voice and pen, boldly advocated the cause which his judgment approved as advancing their best interests.

He represented his city in the House of Delegates during the sessions of 1875-76 and 1876-277, and again in the session of 1887-88.

He had also served as a member of the City Councils and as president of its Board of Health.

Colonel Starke always retained his fondness for his early profession of journalism, and was invited by his intimate friend, the poet-editor, James Barron Hope, to become associated with him in founding the Norfolk Landmark, which became the leading newspaper of Tidewater Virginia. He was president of the Landmark Publishing Company at the time of his death.

Captain Hope and Colonel Starke were congenial knightly spirits, and their friendship, which was like that of brothers, grew closer with years, and only terminated with the death of the former.

Colonel Starke was twice married, first to Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. G. C. Marchant, of Indiantown, N. C., and again to Talitha L., daughter of John Pippen, of Edgecombe county, N. C.

Two children by his first marriage survive him-Eliza N. Starke and Elizabeth M., the wife of Judge William B. Martin, of the Court of Law and Chancery, of the city of Norfolk.

He left four children by his second marriage--Lucien D., Talitha P., Virginia Lee and William Wallace Starke.

The above imperfect sketch can give but a slight idea of the leading part that Colonel Starke played in the many stirring and important events in which he figured or of the high esteem in which he was held by all who knew him.

Honest, upright and fearless, he knew not how to dissimulate, but freely and boldly expressed his views and opinions on all subjects, social and political.

He cherished the highest opinion of the duties of citizenship, always considered a public office as a public trust, to be administered solely for the best interests of the whole community, and he deeply deplored the increasing tendency of modern times to regard office as the legitimate spoils of a clique of political schemers, to be mala ministered for the sole benefit of those who have succeeded by any means in putting into the hands of their puppet a certificate of election.

His ideals were lofty and his spirit chivalrous, and he boldly maintained the right in all things and with all the ardor of his soul denounced, in most scathing terms, all that was base or


Is a friend, he was loyal and true. He never waited to be called on to render assistance, but the generous impulse of his nature prompted him to place himself unreservedly at the service of his friend, and he was never known to waver in his devotion to any cause he had espoused.

He was highly gifted as a conversationalist and in social gatherings he was usually the central figure of a circle of listeners, who were attracted and charmed by the genial flow of wit, humor and interesting anecdote that fell from his lips.

The respect and affection in which he was held by his fellowcitizens was shown by the sorrowing multitude that followed his mortal remains to their last resting place. Peace to his ashes.


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General James A. Walker died at his home, in Wytheville, soon after sunrise on Sunday, the 20th day of October, 1901, in the seventieth year of his age.

It has fallen to the lot of but few men in the history of this State within the last half century, to have had a more interesting and eventful career than the subject of this sketch. For he had been one of her foremost soldiers, lawyers and statesmen.

The great lawyer who had so often appeared in the temporal courts to eloquently plead his clients' cause, quietly and peacefully fell asleep in death's embrace to appear in the eternal court to plead his own. He was the same brave man in death as in life, and he met the summons which all must answer, with resignation, fortitude and unflinching courage. Not a murmur was heard to escape his lips. He passed away

“Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."

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He was one of “earth’s noblemen,” a man among men, and left a strong impress upon the section in which he lived and died. His attractive, vigorous, manly personality made for him staunch and true friends and bitter enemies. The former he "grappled to his soul with hooks of steel,” his proud imperious nature asked no quarter from the latter.

James A. Walker was born in Augusta county, Virginia, near Fort Defiance, on the 27th day of August, 1832. He sprang from sturdy Scotch-Irish ancestry. His father and mother were Alexander and Hannah Hinton Walker, both of them living to a ripe old age, beloved and respected by their children and grandchildren. Like so many of the best men in all the avenues of life, young Walker spent his early days on a farm

* Reprinted by permission from VIRGINIA LAW REGISTER, July, 1902, Vol. VIII, No. 3.

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