Jere Adam Walton

March 24, 1961 - January 7, 2022
Jere Adam Walton

Jere Adam Walton 60, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, NC died Friday, January 7, 2022, at his home after a lengthy battle with ALS. Jere approached his disease with courage, strength and hope along with a true thankfulness for the life and family and friends he had. He lived life with much love and laughter.

Jere was born in Wilmington on March 24, 1961, the son of the late Herbert Earl and Marie-Louise Moriau Walton. Jere was devoted to his family in every way. His parents were so very important to him. Unfortunately, he lost his father when Jere was 25 and lost his precious mother this past September at the age of 103. She was his confidant and encourager and he wrote a beautiful letter to her for her 100th birthday celebration which was later read for her funeral service. He also had a plan; he told his mom that she should go first so that she could plead his case.

He always had an adventurous, carefree spirit and smile on his face from playing little league at a very young age to softball in later years, riding his dirt bike in the fields behind Lincoln Forest as a teenager, wake boarding, waterskiing and surfing down the water slides at the water parks. He played every sport with the enthusiasm of a professional and watched them with that same passion. He was very smart, but school held him down. After graduating from high school, he worked with his brother making waterbeds, and handmade wood crafts which he sold at Riverfest and the Azalea Festival. He studied the world from his boat and by meeting people wherever he went. He taught himself to play the keyboard and guitar. He made wonderful wooden ornaments for his grandchildren. The Halloween room that he decorated every year was widely known and would have hundreds of neighborhood kids come to see his scary decorations and artfully carved pumpkins. That was almost his favorite holiday, but Christmas was first on the list.

Jere leaves his wife of 21 years, Annette Kester Walton; his son Jacob Adam Walton, his stepdaughter Kathryn Richardson Porter and her husband Jake and children, Levi McCluskey Porter and Annie Louise Porter, all whom he adored and brought him much joy and support.

He was the youngest of a large family – all who loved him unconditionally; his sisters and brothers; Betty Walton Huggins and husband, Dan; Herbert Walton, Jr, and his wife, Elaine and daughter Olivia Walton; Michael Walton and daughter Sabra Walton and her husband, Casey Milton; Anna Walton Wright and her husband Harold Wright (deceased) and their children, Sonya Spaulding and her husband Will and children Ilias and Walt, Wade Wright and fiancee’ Laura Davis and daughter Autumn, and Dustin Wright.

Jere also had a large loving extended Walton family that gathered often and a large Moriau family in Belgium that kept in contact and saw many times over the years. His many lifelong friends have been there for him as well, especially Mike Kilgore, Tom Werk, Steve Olsen, and West Brown, who gave him much emotional support and love.

Jere worked and helped run a family business, The Blind Spot, for the past 30 plus years and made lasting impressions on the many people he met and worked with in their homes. His kindness and caring did not go unnoticed and countless friends have called and come by to check on him during his long illness and he was so appreciative of each one. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

A private service will be held for family and a second celebration of life is being planned for his birthday for family and friends.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 12 N. 6th St, Wilmington, 28401, or to a charity of your choice.

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  • January 17, 2022
    Steve Olson says:
    My heartfelt condolences to the Walton family, wife Annette, son Jacob and step daughter Kathryn and the grandkids that lit up Jere's eyes. I met Jere about 35 years ago with Tom Werk. Tom and I had become good friends and went to Wilmington from Chapel Hill for a weekend and was the first time I met Jere. We instantly became friends (although it was not hard to with Jere) and established what was to become a life long friendship. The Walton's were dealing with their dad being very sick and even though it was a sad time for Jere and the family, he could always manage a smile which became his trademark. Over the years, we spent much time together in all sorts of adventures and even when I moved to Colorado, we never lost touch. I would come back during the summers and many times he would come to Colorado to ski. Jere was a great athlete and skiing came easy for him. His favorite thing was to see how fast he could get to the bottom and beat everyone else. Speed was the name of his game! I will think of my friend often as I did in his life. My home is speckled with photos of some of the great times we had together and although very sad for his passing, am comforted that he has left behind the pain and suffering that he endured with an attitude that amazed anyone that knew him. My father had a favorite saying, "Always have an attitude of gratitude" and Jere epitomized that. I asked him in a text once if he was scared and he pushed it off and replied that he had had a good life full of family and friends. Definitely an attitude of gratitude...

  • January 16, 2022
    Amy Sanders says:
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Jere. I met him when I first moved to Wilmington and re-connected with him years ago when he hung our blinds. I sure thought a lot of him, loved his kindness and his smile. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • January 16, 2022
    Reinhilde Schepens says:
    I remember the ever smiling Jere, always in for a joke. I cherish the memory of this beautiful soul. Our hart goes out to you all, who will miss him dearly. Big hugs from your Schepens- Moriau family in Belgium.

  • January 14, 2022
    Tom Werk says:
    Jere was one of my very best friends since the 5th grade. After our family moved to Wilmington from Cincinnati, Ohio, he, along with his great family, “adopted” me at that time even though I was a “yankee” and orientated me to southern culture and how things were done. We immediately bonded an incredible and unique friendship – since we both had the same love of adventure, sports, humor, dogs and yes also – girls. He was one of the - if not the most - kindest, un-selfish and compassionate people I have ever known. He had such an infectious smile, always was easy to talk to – and made a sincere effort to talk to, be kind and respectful to everyone he met. He was part of our family – and my family members all loved him – especially my mom. I couldn’t bear how he has been terribly suffering from ALS the past couple of years; however, I have seen him confront this such absolutely terrible disease - always with his keen wit, constant sense of humor, and never with a sense of self-pity or sorrow; I was always amazed at how he did this - knowing not many people, including myself, could have done this in this manner. We have shared so many great and funny experiences and times together, and I will always treasure them. From riding Yamaha motorbikes in the 6th grade, sneaking out of houses to go camping, staying up all night playing ping-pong, enjoying countless beautiful sunsets while water-skiing, attending UNC football and basketball games, being a groomsman in my wedding, snow-skiing trips to Colorado – and the list really goes on and on. I really am blessed to have known Jere – and to have the type of special friendship – we have had through these past nearly 50 years. I will miss him tremendously – and feel a part of me has also recently died given how close we were – but happy that he is no longer suffering, and he that he is now in God’s gracious and loving hands.

  • January 14, 2022
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