Peaceful 12

John Edward Walsh

October 25, 1963 ~ August 12, 2023 (age 59) 59 Years Old


Mr. John Edward Walsh, 59, beloved resident of Harborview-Pierce County Nursing Home, passed away Saturday morning, August 12, 2023.

Born in Fitzgerald, GA on October 25, 1963, he lived most of his life in Pierce County.  He was a member of the last graduating class of Blackshear High School in 1981.  Always full of life, John was well loved by everyone, especially the staff and residents at Harborview – Pierce County Nursing Home, where he was bestowed the title of the longest living resident.  An avid fan of NASCAR and football, you could always find him cheering on his favorite team, the Georgia Bulldogs.  John loved everyone, but most important to him was his family.

He was the son of the late Lewis Edward Walsh.  He was also preceded in death by a niece, Candice Walsh.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Jean Dowdy Walsh, of Blackshear; one brother, David Walsh, of Clearwater, FL; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Wendy (Tommy) Kicklighter and Holly (John) James, all of Blackshear; nieces and nephews, Aubree Walsh, Alie Johnson, Bree Thrift, Kole Kicklighter, Kamden Kicklighter, Kingston Kicklighter, Logan Larson, John Benjamin James, and Pennie Johnson; and numerous other relatives.

John’s family invites everyone to join them in a Celebration of Life on Monday, August 14, 2023, at First Baptist Church, beginning at 4 o’clock.  A memorial service will begin at 5:30 at the church with Dr. Bill Young and Pastor Tony Walsh officiating.  Mrs. Becky Bradley, Director of Nursing at Harborview – Pierce County Nursing Home, will be giving the nursing home family tribute.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the John Edward Walsh Memorial Fund at Primesouth Bank.

The family kindly requests the members of the Blackshear High School class of 1981, as well as the staff of Harborview – Pierce County Nursing Home to serve as honorary pallbearers.  Please meet at the church by 5:00 Monday evening.

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Pearson Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangement. 

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August 14, 2023

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
First Baptist Church
670 Main Street
Blackshear, GA 31516

Celebration of Life
August 14, 2023

5:30 PM
First Baptist Church
670 Main Street
Blackshear, GA 31516


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