03/18/2010Provided by Citysearch
After reading some of the other reviews I felt I absolutely must give my experience with Walker’s and specifically with Byron Adkins. My dad's family told me to go to Walkers. I had my reservations and was scared that quality would suffer due to the inexpensive price. During the first visit I knew I had nothing to worry about and as the week went on I knew Walker’s would make the funeral everything I had hoped for.
I kid you not, from day 1 everything that could go wrong went wrong but NOT WITH WALKER'S. In fact, Byron helped fix a few of the problems just so I didn’t have to worry about them. Again- these were NOT problems created by Walker’s- they were problems FIXED by Walker’s. With various issues and requests (from family and friends) I was in constant contact with Byron for a week. He either immediately took my calls or returned them very quickly (I think I waited 5 mins once). Byron never pushed us, was extremely understanding about our concerns and even helped get my father’s military information since we wanted a full military burial and were having a difficult time finding his VA info. He contacted not only the Army for us, but also the American Legion which did a moving 21 gun salute. It was such a beautiful tribute to my dad and Walker’s helped make my dad’s last request of a military funeral a reality.
Even my mother mentioned that from her prior experiences with funeral homes, Byron went way beyond the call of duty. Byron really didn’t seem to just be “doing a job.” I have no doubt he really loves what he is doing which is evident by his dedication and compassion. I was pretty overwhelmed and he never once made me feel like he wanted to be doing anything but helping me with my funeral needs.
I also recommend Rev. Love Jr. as your minister. Our original minister couldn’t do it and Byron suggested Rev. Love Jr. as a last minute replacement. I must admit he gave a beautiful service. His choice in scripture was perfect for my dad and he used many examples from our eulogies to make his sermon personalized. I was very touched and have had friends of all religions call and tell me what a wonderful job he did. Don’t be nervous using him if you are not Baptist. I am Catholic and must admit that he gave one of the most beautiful services I have ever heard.
If you want a compassionate staff that intuitively knows what you need during one of the worst times of your life- go to Walker's and request Byron. I am not sure about the other family’s negative experience that reviewed on this website, but I can tell you, without a doubt, Byron got me through this past week and helped give my dad a perfect funeral and his kindness will never be forgotten by me or my family. As for the remaining staff, although I didn’t have as much contact with them, I appreciated the kind words of encouragement the receptionist provided when I mentioned I was nervous about doing my first eulogy. The other staff seemed very nice and respectful as well.
Thank you Walker’s for all your help, you truly helped me grant my father’s last wishes today and for that I am eternally grateful.
Very nice people. Herb Walker and his children are wonderful. They run a very nice funeral home. They take care of the community. They care about people. I know the Walkers and I worked with Mr. Walker at the Community Action Agency for over 10 years.
The Walker's are are Angels and do the Lord's work every day. The sweest spirit is at Walker Funeral Home and they are so good.
I am embarassed by my family. Sanfords. Gosh I don't know where to start. The poeple helped us when nobody would and my family not happy. That just not right. She looked good since she was so young and died in a terrible car accident. Byron Adkins was nice and tryed to help my family. I talked to Byron and it's not right when some of my family comlains and they didn't pay anything. That is an embarassment to me. Grow up and stop telling lies on Byron Adkins. He did a good job and gave us a big discont. He loaned me money to pay the funeral when my own family would not. Stopy lying on people. It not right. Byron a racist? How? How? How? Stop lying. Im embarrased to have to put our business out. Stop lying.
Rev. Allen is such a nice minister. Having a minister to comfort the family during this difficult time was so nice. I never been to funeral home where minister was on staff to comfort the family. The spirit of God came over us all in the arrangments and things just got better from there. I knew mom was ok then. I feel the spirt just thinking about it. Glory be to God for providing such good people to take care of us. Brother Walker and Rev. Allen so good. Herb Walker and his children just took such good care of us. Glory be to God. Praise Jesus. This is a God filled place with beautiful people.
Valerie Walker helped me when mom passed. I can never say ""thank you"" enough. I had no one to turn to and so shocked. Thank you for your kindness. Thank you for your caring. Thank you for being you. Thank you for working with Pastor Reverend Damon Lynch, Jr. Thank you New Jerusalem Baptist Church for your support and caring. Rev. Lynch and the funeral home reach out to the community and families providing such help and understanding. Praise God for your help. Thank you.
My dad passed away on March 28. That was hard enough. My mother & father divorced many years ago and neither have remarried. My dad’s better half is a wonderful woman.
When he passed away, a member of the “family” had to sign paperword to release his body to the funeral home.
My review is this: If you need a caring group of people, and you live in Cincinnati, Ohio they help you with every little need, question, uncertainty. I had never been to a funeral home in my life. This was my first time and I didn't know what to do. Mr. Walker walked me through everything. He drove me to the cemetery to finalize all those arrangements. He took care of the church. He arranged the dinner afterwards. He ordered the flowers. At the end everything was on one bill and it was explained in great detail. He billed my dad's life insurance and wrote me a check right then for the full proceeds of the insurance. I didn't have to deal with any insurance cause he had all the papers and did it all right then. That really helped us as we immediately had money to do all the little things like starting to plan for dad's estate things. I don't know how other people do all those things but it could not possibly have been any easier at all. Mr. Walker took care of everything at Corpus Christi Church and the services were just beautiful. Mr. Walker, Laura Nobbee, Jordan, and Dawn are names I will forever remember. They helped me at the worst time of my life and they made it better. I am grateful for the church helping all this to be perfect. Father Jim Meade and Deacon John Corson were just so compassionate and understanding. A few days after the funeral Mr. Walker and Dawn came by and delivered the death certificates to us. They were so kind and the prayers we had that morning were so helpful to us all. God did send us all the Angels to get us through this difficult time. Thank you God, Father Meade, Deacon John Corson, Mr. Walker, Ms. Dawn, and Laura. May God bless all of you
Yes, they are in the business, but it takes a certain kind of person to actually “feel with” their clients. Not just “feel for” them.
Mr. Walker and Father Meade are the men who helped us immensely. Helping the bereaved is important. That’s what I call a caring, committed business to our community. God bless you and thank you so much.
09/09/2009Provided by Citysearch
I've known Herb Walker Jr for 40 years. Worked with him in Post Office for 20 years. He did my family a great service and I deeply appreciate his warm, caring, and sensitive service. My experience with his funeral home is the same as my experience with him. One word pretty much sums it up: integrity.
My mom writes the horrible company reviews but what is really wrong? She didn't want to spend any money. She was unhappy when dad came home in a little brown paper box. She was unhappy that she didn't have a funeral or do any real service. He did live over 5 decades but it must be the funeral homes fault that my family wanted to spend no money and just throw dad away. My mom acted like his live meant nothing at all. Do it the fast, cheapest, easiest way. But don't take up too much of my time. She was already mad at him for being sick. She was mad at him for dying. She was mad at him for ruing her life and leaving her all alone.
What would have been nice was a funeral where we could all say a real goodbye and have a visitation with all MY friends. The funeral was for the LIVING but mom wanted it the easiest and cheapest. Afterall, his life just didn't mean very much at all. He could have done better. He could have not gotten sick. He could have left her more money with life insurance. But it is easier to complain about the cards, complain about it all. It Has to Be somebody else that hurt me. My mom is perfect. Everything mom does is perfect. It is not moms fault that Daddy came home in a box after being incinerated in an oven. Its not mom's fault that his life was reduced to meaning nothing. It is my dad and I will complain. Walker helped me. Walker helped me financially. Walker helped me all the way. They did what mom ask to do: make it fast and easy. I don't want to spend any money.
Mom you really did a great job with dad. Yeah you said goodbye at home but it is not the same as a funeral. Now we all feel like things could have been better. My dad deserved more. My dad really wanted more. My dad loved life to the fullest. He loved you to the fullest. He loved us kids to the fullest. We really loved him by putting him in the incinerator and reducing him to a little box of sand. Thanks mom. Keep it going mom with your hardheaded self. Afterall, you are perfect and it's all somebody else that caused your hurt. Somebody else caused your anger. Thanks mom. Thanks mom. Thanks mom. You really showed your loving nature. Thank you mommy dearest cause you know what is best!
Mr. Greg Brown is a very fine funeral director. He came to our house and made all the arrangements when dad passed away. We called and he came over and helped with with the funeral planning. After the funeral he helped us with the probate court and all the legal matters. We had never been through this and he literally walked us through all of it. He drove us to the probate court, helped file the will, got us all the death certificates we needed and helped us with all of it. He even went with moms to the social security office and waited with moms for about one hour. He did a whole lot of planning and assistance. He came over and prayed with us the day dad died. He reallly just was there for us. The funeral service was just so beautiful. We paid $2,900 for everything. I couldnt believe the price included such a nice wood casket. Dad worked in the Aurora Casket Company and we picked out such a beautiful oak casket. He had full military honors with 21 gun salute and nice doves flew away after the services. I've never seen anything so beautiful. Dad lived 77 years and it was so perfectly done. Mr. Brown told us he had been a mortician for over 30 years and he is good. He really knows what to do and he is good. After the funeral Mr. Brown had dinner with us at the church and he just was a family member. He just showed all his love and caring for us. He is just wonderful. He told us how he had a ""calling"" to be a funeral director. He does seem like just a natural funeral man and his services are just perfect. He spent all the time and explained everything. We even talked about Michael Jackson and the casket he had. Mr. Brown explained how caskets work and showed us all the different fabrics and things. He made dad's casket special ordered and it had dad's name, birthday, when he died on the blanket in the casket. My dad loved his grandchildren and the casket had his 3 grandchildren embroidered right in the lid! It was so beautiful and everybody just really thought it was so nice. I didn't know all this but Mr. Brown just went through it all one thing at a time. We didn't have to pay because he just billed the insurance. I've never arranged a funeral before and I didnt know what to expect but Mr. Brown was so good. I recomend that anybody go to Mr. Brown because he is so so good and understanding. I like the Spring Grove cemetery and it's nice. We almost went to the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home but we are so happy we went to Mr. Brown. Mr. Brown is the best. We love Mr. Brown. If anybody needs a funeral man that will take care of everything and help the Mr. Brown is the right person. He is really good.
08/30/2009Provided by Citysearch
My family really cared a lot. They had a cremation right away and didn't want to spend any money. Then they complained about everything as they always do. They wanted money back so they read the guaranteed service and got the plan to complain to get a refund. They got it and now they want more. I am embarassed with my family for doing all this. It is rediculous. I sent a card to the fuenral home telling them how nice they were and things were very nice. My family cared so much they wanted the lowest priced cremation and just throw his life away. I guess they thought it didn't mean much anyway. When you've been on the earth for decades I guess my family thinks the cremation is good enough. My family is not functional. Money means more than anything else. Money means more than any body or any thing. Money. MOney. Money. It is all about the money. I hope my family is happy now cause he's gone and they wanted nothing. My dad meant much more than that. But I guess fancy dinners, new cars, and other things that money can buy is the best. Joyous! Joyous! Money rules as usual.
08/28/2009Provided by Citysearch
My brother's funeral at Walker was beyond words. The funeral home was so elegant, spacious, with such caring people. I worked for many years with HERB WALKER JR at the U. S. Post Office downtown. I am so glad that he saw it in his heart to open a funeral home with reasonable prices. People can afford the best now and still pay for it. I've used other funeral homes since I'm now in my late 60's. I funeralized my dad and my mom. Nothing compares to Herb Walker for quaility, caring, service, and price. In my opinion he is the very best. He is a man of God and He cares about his people. Before Walker the people of Cincinnati got too little at a high price. I thank God that somebody cares about the little people and the average people. I'm a hard working man and I've worked all my life. It is a good feeling to know I did the best for my family and could afford to do the best. I read some of this absurdities in other reviews and it is just rediculous. I know Herb Walker. I worked with Herb Walker. I know he is honest, decent, and caring. I've been there to his place many times and he's been in my church many times. And his son Herbie is the best. Think about what they are doing. Think about how the competition hates them but still they keep putting out the Good Work. Come to my church at Westwood United Methodist Church and talk to me and anybody in the church. Walker. Walker. Walker. That's what all the folk of the church are talking about. Walker does it right. Walker wont' take you for a ride. Walker takes care of his people. HIS PEOPE. OUR PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE. Support our people and our community and those that giveth back to our people. Put it in the hands of GOD and you can't go wrong. God works miracles and it is a miracle to God that you can good a good decent funeral at a decent price. Come see me in the church on Sunday. Meet me at 3460 Epworth Ave in Cincinnati. I think Herb Walker is the best undertaker in Cincinnati. I'd stake my reputation on it. GLORY BE TO GOD for bringing the WALKER'S FUNERAL HOME to the people of Westwood, Forest Park, Downtown, Walnut Hills.
08/12/2009Provided by Citysearch
We have entrusted the care of our loved ones for years with Walker Funeral Home. Every family that I have viewed after the care of Walker I can honestly say that I have never been disappointed. As a matter of fact they've done awesome jobs in making the deceased look natural. The prices are more than reasonable and the Walker family will with with you to ensure a happy homegoing celebration. The Walker family has the utmost compasson and respect. I would recommend Walker to any and everybody.
07/14/2009Provided by Citysearch
My father passed away on 4th of July. My daughter, (who lives close by my father's home) is taking care of these arrangements and went to Walker Funeral Home at my mother's request as some of her friends had used them in the past and assured her that they were the cheapest. I agree, they are cheap.
When I called today, I was told that there were problems getting the death certificated signed, that doctors had refused to sign the certificate, and I was told to call back, by BYRON in one hour. When I called byron back at the specified time, I was told that he was in a service and couldn't come to the phone. When I made my displeasure known I was told to hold on and she would get someone else to speak with me. After holding for several minutes she came back stating ""yeah, Byron is in a service he can't come to the phone"". When I finally told her that I had been in contact with *, she found someone to speak with me. Nichole blamed the unsigned death certificate on ""it is summertime and lots of doctors go on vacation"". Do these people know what they are doing?
After hearing from Mr. Walker and having full faith in his apology, I would like to say that the funeral home itself was very nice and I am certain that Mr. Walker has made the necessary changes to ensure that no one's heart should hurt as bad as ours did at the lack of disrespect that certain staff members thought they could show in his absence. Thank you Mr. Walker
06/30/2009Provided by Citysearch
How ironic that this company’s motto is “Known for Excellence, Trusted for Value”.
Thank goodness they say nothing about compassion, sensitivity, sympathy, empathy and most of all concern.
My father passed way at home under hospice care after a long hard fought bottle with heart related issues. I unfortunately was not there to say my final good byes as hospice thought he had weeks rather than days I died early on a Monday (June 8, 2009) morning and I was flying later that day.
Let me chronicle my odyssey as a bystander but more importantly grieving daughter, during this time period, which by the way is still not over.
My father did not want a funeral and did not wish to have a viewing, he wanted to be cremated and a mass with a blessing by our priest.
The wonderful thing about hospice is that they allow the family, as much time as they need to be with the patient after they pass prior to contacting the funeral home so family members in the area are able to see their family member and say goodbye. I am so grateful that my family did get that opportunity.
When my mother went to the funeral home to make the arrangements. She was informed that as we were not doing a viewing etc, it could take up to 2 weeks for the “remains” to be collected by the family. I had originally planned to be in Cinti for 2 weeks so we were hoping that we would be able to receive his remains prior to my departure.
My mother explained to Mr. Adkins that I was coming in form out of town ad that I was not able to be with him when he passed and If at all possible I could view him one last time, just to pat his hand and kiss his forehead is what I wanted to do. Mr. Adkins at this time displayed a bit of empathy and said eh understood however it might not be possible but to call him to see what could be done.
When I arrived in Conti late in the evening that Monday due to flight delays etc< I was picked up brought to my parents home and my mom explained about being able to see him but we both agreed that if I could not that we were understood Walker’s position.
The next day we called and left a message I wish at this point we had taken down names, and were told the message would be relayed and that we would receive a call back. NEVER HAPPENED. Not I’m so sorry that we are unable to allow this please accept our apologies and we hope that you can appreciate our position NOTHING!!!!!!
Later that day, I reviewed the prayer/memorial cards that were done for my father, this must be were the part of the motto that refers to “Value” comes into play
1.) They were perforated
2.) Whomever tore the prayer cards into actual cards ripped them to shreds at the corner’s
3.) Printed with an Inkjet printer. Seriously (however please note contract and receipts were done in laser)
4.) Ink had not dried and were smudged, terribly
I showed them to my mother she was shocked as well, unlike
09/23/2006Provided by Citysearch
Mr. Walker provided the most beautiful service. My mother looked so beautiful and peaceful. The funeral service was more than great and so professional. Walker provided a Steel Casket, Cadillac Limousine, Cadillac Hearse, Funeral Escort, 5 funeral directors at the church to park cars, usher people, open doors, distribute programs/obituaries for less than the other funeral homes charged me for just the casket! Herb Walker cares about people and feelings. I love Walker.
More Business Info
- BBB Rating
- Regular Hours
CALL for an Appointment
- Extra Phones
- Cremation Urns
- Payment method
- visa, amex, discover, mastercard
- Mount Healthy
- Other Email
- Funeral Directors, Burial Vaults, Caskets, Crematories, Funeral Planning, Funeral Supplies & Services