ALS Support Group Mtg - 2012
Look at us.  Many thought we were brother and sister - or father daughter (ha!).  Much the same heritage. Same fair skin and blue eyes. We were always meant for each other.
Walter Ezekiel Yarbrough
  • 54 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 13, 1960
  • Place of birth:
    Greenwood, South Carolina, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 12, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Atlanta, Georgia, United States
You Rock!

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I would love for all friends & family to leave a message; simply send me an email and I'll grant you access.  Unfortunately due to scams I've had to change this from a fully open site to one of invitation.  -Linda


In memory of my husband, Walter.

Known by many as "Zeke".

Born Ronald James Dockins.
My Ronnie; the one and only true love of my life.

This is a place for all to share photos, stories, tributes, video, and audio.
The website should advise you as additions are made.

Tributes are below, but also notice the tabs above -

His Life,  Gallery [Photos/Audio/Video], and Stories.
 You can view and please add your own to any of these.  

Click on a photo to enlarge it and start viewing all.

I do so hope you will contribute to any/all of these options.
I will also be adding more as I gather them.


If you'd like to listen to some of his favorite music, be sure your speakers are turned on.  If you'd rather not, click on "sound" at the very top of this page, above his name.
 I have more to add so keep tuned.


I know Sweetie, . . . I rock, you roll . . . but now you FLY!

You often called me your angel,
but you are, and have always been, just as much mine.  
We needed each other.
And still do.  

I'm here for you My Love,

Your Baby Forever,


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Hedy Abramski-Hahn on 12th August 2016

"Remembering you today, Walt, and always grateful for the friendship that you shared with my brother Ed.  How I wish things could have worked out differently for both of you men.  Life presented some harsh challenges to you both, and you both tried your best."

This tribute was added by Lauren Yarbrough on 12th August 2016

"Hey dad, its Lauren. Two years you've been gone, and its two years of regret I never contacted you sooner. I do hope you know I love you more than anything, and i think about you everyday. I love you!!"

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 13th March 2016

"Ronnie,  Happy Birthday!  Now we're the same age again for a few months.  I LOVE YOU!  I LOVE YOU!  I LOVE YOU!  And I miss you so very much."

This tribute was added by S Reed on 13th March 2016

"Happy Birthday, Walter.  Your time here with LInda was too short, but I'm certain that you are her special guardian angel watching over her."

This tribute was added by Hedy Abramski-Hahn on 13th March 2016

"Happy Birthday Walt.  Just a note to acknowledge you and your life here  on this earth and all you meant to my brother, Ed...and also to let you and Linda know that you are still remembered.  Take care of Ed and hope you are both at peace."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 31st January 2016

"Happy Anniversary, Sweet Heart.  Would be 2 years this month.
I'll always love you dearly."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 30th October 2015

"10/30/2015 will make 4 years since Walter & I met in person.
As requested I drove to pick him up the but the address was not well labeled - it didn't look like a home or apartment complex which I expected. I drove up and down and finally drove into this facility and found him sitting on his walker in front of the building with a Huge smile on his face.   We had a Fantastic day in the No.Georgia mountains, spent time at an apple festival, then "Goats on the Roof (google it)", a family cemetery for him, and then even had a delicious dinner at PF Changs back in Atlanta.  We ended back at the nursing home parking lot with a sweet kiss. And then . . ."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 19th August 2015


This tribute was added by Hedy Abramski-Hahn on 12th August 2015

"Thinking of you, Walt and wishing you had had more time with Linda and with all of us.  I only  hope there is some 'place' where you and Ed have reconnected and are free of pain.  Watch over us all and know we miss you both and love you.  Hedy"

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 12th August 2015

"I Love You.
I Love You.
I Love You.

It's been a year since you left me. I Love You.

My tears overflow.  I Love You.

My heart still aches.  I Love You.

I miss you next to me.  I Love You.;

I still feel the touch of your face.  I Love You.

I miss you so much..  I Love You.

I need you.  I Love You.

I Love You.
I Love You.
I Love You."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 21st July 2015


I just finished the Skype call in which you participated.  My dad was there to meet you? How wonderful!  And I'm so very happy you have united with your true Mom.  Give her my love for having birthed you.

Thank you for all your kind words and support . . .  and laughs!  I love you too, Babe, so very, very much.

What did you think of the medium?  Did he correctly interpret what you wanted to say?

I look forward to our next chat and if we can do so sooner than January - with or without a medium, that would be great.   Give me a sign I can't miss or dismiss,

HUGS & KISSES My Dear Ronnie."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 14th April 2015

"Received via Facebook from Paula Haynes


This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 14th April 2015

"Received via Facebook from Mellie DuBose Driver

I met him in college. He is the only reason I passed COBOL, a computer class (I'm not even sure if that's how you spell it!). He was such a nice fella! So sorry for your loss..."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 14th April 2015

"Received via Facebook from Jeff Greenway

I grew up in Ninety Six and we played football and took karate together at the Grwd YMCA. He love Elvis Pressley. So sorry to hear he passed. I fine Man he was."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 14th April 2015

"Received via Facebook from Rob Hastings

When Zeke first came to Ninety Six he and I were kind of bound because his uncle and my father had been good friends for years. I remember the first time I went over to the mill villiage to play with Zeke. I crossed hwy 34 at the corner of the oil mill and Zeke was waiting by the rail road tracks (where the jogging path is now) He fussed at me for not looking both ways before I crossed the road. For some reason that stuck in my head about him. That was just the type guy Zeke was. From that incident I watched Zeke grow to be an honorable and decent man. May he rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 8th April 2015

"Hey, Baby Cakes!  You are especially so deep in my mind and soul in the last many hours. I love and miss you so very much. We would have had such a wonderful life and memories had we met so many years ago  - as you said, we'd have been a quite the power couple. But I thank God for the time we had. I can't wait to talk and see you again. You will always be my soul mate."

This tribute was added by S Reed on 13th March 2015

"Happy Birthday, Walter.  We wish you and Linda would have had more time together, but we know that you will always be with her in spirit and watching over her."

This tribute was added by Elaine Judge on 13th March 2015

"Walter, your smile and love is eternal.  Thank you for being a part of my life and beautifully impacting it."

This tribute was added by Janet Crompton on 23rd February 2015

"You are someone very special to me and all way will go be wgob"

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 15th January 2015

"Ronnie,  today would be our 1st Wedding Anniversary.  Could you not wait to leave me after today?  Sweetheart, I've never loved anyone more than you. I would have layed down my life for you and you Know that.  I had no purpose before you; I have no purpose since you left.  What do I do now??!!   I LOVE YOU!  I LOVE YOU!  I LOVE YOU!   Please come greet me. Please.  I NEED YOU!"

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 15th January 2015

"Ronnie,  I've communicated with Lauren several times.  I want to give her your leather jacket.  But I don't see any movement towards this memorial to you that I requested.  It's not fair.  Please have her fullfil what we discussed."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 11th January 2015

"Hey, Baby.  You are absorbed in my mind today and tonight.  I miss you so terribly much. Others just don't understand.  We had the love of a lifetime - if only we'd had a lifetime together. I Love You.  I love you.  I will always love you."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 24th December 2014

"Merry Christmas Eve Day, Baby.  I so wish you were here with me, physically; I hope you are with me in spirit.   I love you very much and I am so lonely without you.  Your last words to me, were "I love you" to which I responded the same. Damn, Baby. People just don't understand  how much. I waited my whole life for you.  You treated me better than anyone else. ANYONE. You ARE my soulmate.   We're perfect for each other. I am so horribly sorry I fell short.  I know that.  And I beg your forgiveness. I can't wait to see you again.. "You Rock!"

-Your Baby,Forever.."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 7th December 2014

"Family isn't always blood.
Its' the people in your life who
want you in theirs; the ones who
accept you for who you are.  The ones
who would do anything to see you smile
and who love you no matter what."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 27th November 2014


Today I am thankful for tears
Though an ocean I have cried
They speak of our connection
Reminding me that love has not died

Today I am thankful for the memories
They brighten the road of grief
They remind me of love shared
And provide a small relief

Today I am thankful for love
Felt strongly in my soul
Love continues living forever
Keeping us together and whole

Today I am thankful for friends
Those who didn't walk away
They saw my broken heart
And chose to sit and stay

Today I am thankful for time
For the moments that were too few
Through the tears that are shed
Today I am thankful for you.

                 -Tanya Lord

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 27th November 2014

"What will I do this holiday season?
   weep for you.
        miss you.

Invoke your name so others will honor you.

Stand in awe at the beauty of all you are.

     Meditate on your life and death.

Carry you in my heart wherever I journey.

   Show mercy to children and animals.

Ask for your forgiveness.   And presence.

  Unfold your love into the world.
  Remember. Your. Beauty.

                  -Dr. Joanne Cacciatore"

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 12th November 2014

"Think of the days of his life; not just the last day.

- Dr. Phil"

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 30th October 2014

"Hey, Baby Cakes!  It was was just 3 years today we met for the first time. We spent a wonderful day together, a delicious dinner, and a sweet, soft kiss in the parking lot when we had to say goodnight. The receipt for our entry into the apple festival is still in your wallet.

Thank God I met you.  I love and miss you so very much.
-- Your Baby"

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 25th October 2014

"It's wee early but I'm on the sofa where I "slept" for several months while you slept in your bed in the living room. Holler & I'd jump up to help you (well, I guess sometimes you had to call for a while to wake me. sorry.) Somehow I still tend to feel more right being here on the sofa than in our bed/bedroom most of the time because it had been so many months since you were able to lay there with me. and that hurts me as I know it did you. I so miss holding you and falling asleep in your arms. I will never love anyone as much as you."

This tribute was added by Barry McRae on 17th October 2014

"Although I only was able to spend a weekend with you guys, I enjoyed Walt's company and was grateful that the two of you had been guided together.  Later, when you married, I was happy to refer to Walt as one of my brothers-in-law.  

I prayed for Walt's recovery and hoped you would enjoy years together.  I don't know why he was taken from you so soon but I trust our Heavenly Father whose thoughts are so much higher than ours and whose love for us is vaster and deeper than we can understand.

I love you, Linda, and continue to hold you up in prayer."

This tribute was added by J Owens on 13th October 2014

"So I'll have to wait until I'm on the other side of eternity to meet you face to face Walter :)  Thank you Linda for such a beautiful tribute.  I'm so glad Walter found you.  God bless and keep you."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 30th September 2014

"Hi Mrs. Yarbrough, I certainly do remember you and Walter and enjoyed seeing you in Atlanta a few months ago.  I am so sorry to hear that Walter has passed.  He was an amazing guy and I could see how much you two loved each other.  I believe good people like him go on to something better after this where there is no ALS and we get to see them again.  I hope I am right about this.

Thanks for sending this interesting link.  I will keep fighting this disease as well as I can.  I hope to see you out on the ALS advocacy trail again someday.


Rick Bedlack

(Neurologist, Richard Bedlack, M.D., Ph.D, runs the Duke [University]  ALS Clinic (, one of the largest and most comprehensive ALS clinics in the world. Within this clinic he is engaged in basic science, epidemiology, and clinical trials research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He is Associate Professor Neurology, School of Medicine @ Duke University, He also oversees "ALSUntangled", an organization/website which reviews alternative and off-label ALS treatments)"

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 27th September 2014

"I love you, Baby. I miss you so, so, very much."

This tribute was added by Hedy Abramski-Hahn on 18th September 2014

"I know that you and Ed are now together.  I am so sorry for how much you suffered, but so grateful that you found Linda.  Ed worried about you so terribly much and he was so glad that you had been his friend through thick and thin.  I know he loved you very much.  You fought very hard.  At least Ed now has you with him, and that eases my heart a bit."

This tribute was added by Paula Drexler on 17th September 2014

"One of the most knowledgeable, strongest and sweetest people I have ever met in my life. I have no doubt that you helped more than just me figure out the meaning of family and friendship. You will be missed my friend."

This tribute was added by Shawn Johnson on 17th September 2014

"I only knew Walter for a short period of time.  I was the RN/Case Manager that managed the Medicaid program that allowed him to receive care at home rather than in a nursing home.  Walter had a strong desire to live and contribute his sweet nature to the world.  He faced many obstacles and, although he got discouraged at times, never gave up!  I admired his quest for life and find peace knowing that he is now at healed and without pain in his new home."

This tribute was added by Becky/J.W. Timms on 16th September 2014

"A great guy who enjoyed life.  Lost contact with Zeke for many years and finally found him on Facebook."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 16th September 2014

"Cuckamuck?!  Seriously?!  ;-)   I don't recall him ever mentioning this (ha! why would he?)  I suspect he was tough and strong so maybe that had something to do with it.  Hopefully it was meant with some kindness and respect although knowing kids it may mean something else. Yet . . .
Thank you for sharing.  


This tribute was added by Mike Jenkins on 14th September 2014

"I grew up with Walter (Zeke) in South Carolina. We graduated high school together. I lost track for many years, until facebook connected us again. In high school we were like the fraternity brothers in Animal House. We all had nicknames. Zeke's was Cuckamuck. I never new where the name came from or who came up with it. But he was affectionately known as Cuckamuck by those who knew him best.

Zeke was very studious, liking to read a lot. We didn't have much in common, other than growing up in a small community. But Zeke was very likeable and always fit in. The qualities I remember were his intelligence, his warm, caring personality, and his devotion to those he cared about.

It's sad to read of all the sadness, heartbreak, and physical challenges he had to endure through his life. He was very strong, but even the strongest have limits. I'm sure you (Linda), his children, and others throughout his life brought him joy and happiness.

Rest in peace, Cuckamuck. You ran the good race. Till we meet again.

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 14th September 2014

"Hey Baby,

It's my birthday and I so wish you were here to share it with me. Now I'm older than you again - yep - I robbed the cradle  :oD

I love you!"

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 13th September 2014

"Hey Baby,
I'm missing you today like everyday - but I know your energy and spirit is around. Yesterday marked a month+.  I've been asked why I created this site,  It is to celebrate you.  Remember you. Rejoice in our knowing you. A place to share how each of us know you. To express our thoughts even though we don't need this forum to do so - but sometimes open expression is helpful. All of this is to acknowledge you and to help our hearts heal. And I so hope people will share stories and photos that I and others do not have.

I don't know why, but as often happens, past relationships slipped away or were painfully severed and those brought you so much anguish.  I held you as you wept, so wanting to take away the pain.  Yet through your strength many new friendships have been created  That's you.  Despite the hand dealt, you always reach out to replenish and expand.  You are so patient and kind with your words even when anger is your right. I learned this of you the first day we met: the day I began to fall in love with you. You've taught me so much and still do.

I know your heart will know what to do with the words left here so I leave them to you to resolve. You are the counselor and professor.  And you are LOVED!"

This tribute was added by Greg Yarbrough on 11th September 2014

"I thought of you time to time. I always thought somehow we would talk like we used to. I miss going to car shows and talking about cars for hours with you. It makes me sad that you're gone. I know that where you are there is no pain and suffering. I really wish i could've been with you during your illness. I really really do. Thank you for all that you've done for me and taught me. It's time to say goodbye now. So long and goodbye. You'll never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 11th September 2014

"Good Morning, Baby.  As usual, here I am on the sofa - looking at your bed  But today you are not in it and that's not right!  Baby, I've been crying all night. I need you, I need you, I need you  I want to crawl into that bed with you and just hold you What I am going to do without you?  I love you - I'm so sorry - I love you - I'm so sorry - I love you  . ."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 11th September 2014

"Look Baby - Lauren wrote you!  You've missed her so very much. I hope you two can reunite and heal despite everything. Go for it!

I've got your back.  I will always be here for you!  Just turn to me and I'll be here to hold you forever.  Nothing will ever change that."

This tribute was added by Lauren Yarbrough on 10th September 2014

"Hi, I am Walter's daughter Lauren. I just found out this devastating news. Although, I haven't seen him in quite sometime, I will miss him. We had amazing memories together and those will be kept close to my heart forever. Thank you so much for creating this memorial for my Dad. It means so much to me. I am so sorry for your loss too.
With all my love,
Lauren (Jellybean)"

This tribute was added by Elaine Judge on 2nd September 2014

"When I think of Walter, the words ”never give up!” come to mind.  I was always amazed at his determination to keep living life even though his body was trying to stop him. He went places when it would have been a lot less painful to stay home.  When it would have been easier to just let someone else handle it or ignore it all together, Walter waited on hold to talk to AT&T to change the TV service. He had to repeat himself many times due to his weakened voice, but he was determined to take care of this responsibility of normal American life. It was an exhausting phone call."

This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 19th August 2014

"Baby, despite my age, you were my first and only true love.

Thank you for finding me on-line. As you said,
reading my profile was like reading about a female version of yourself.

Right from the start -
You made laugh so hard my stomach hurt.
We chatted without effort.
We shared so much past and present.
You courted me - something rare these days.
You treated me with so much respect and kindness; I was blown away.

I feared your disease.

I thought long and hard before taking our relationship to the next step.
I KNEW, that any offer/promise I made to you would be FOREVER.  
I could never offer my love and care and then ever deny it.
After much thought I decided "YES", I've waited for this man my entire life and if I have him for 1 year or many, he's worth it.  
We fought the fight baby; I wish I could have done more.

Sweetie, you so made me want to be a better person.
I'm still trying; thank you for your patience with me.

- Your Baby - Forever,


This tribute was added by Linda McRae on 9th August 2014

"My Baby.  My soul mate.. I waited so very long for you.  Now what do I do?"

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