John T. Walser, Jr.

Family and Friends Updates

I was born and raised in the Tyro area, just outside Lexington. I graduated from Lexington Senior High School in 1957 and went on to attend the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, from which I graduated in 1961.

My lovely wife Sylvia is also from Lexington. She and I were married in 1959, and after I finished college we returned to Lexington to establish our home and raise our family.

Over the years, as Sylvia and I were bringing up our two wonderful daughters, I enjoyed a rewarding career in the furniture and manufacturing industries, working most of that time at United Furniture.

In 1991, in response to the vast changes and serious challenges our town was facing, I made the choice to seek public office.

I ran for and was elected to the Lexington city council as what is known as an "at-large" member (meaning a member who does not represent a single district, but works on behalf of all the people in every district).

I went on to serve faithfully and continuously for the next 20 years--as a member of the city council for 16 years, and then as Lexington's mayor from 2007-2011.

In Session
City Council in session

Mayor Walser presiding at City Hall - John was involved in these meetings for 20 years

Addressing Chamber of Commerce
Addressing the Chamber of Commerce at Smith Civic Center

emcee of multi cultural festival
Master of ceremonies at Lexington's Multi Cultural Festival

JTW with Vicki Fuller at Multi Cultural Festival
Happy to be with friends

ribbon cutting carolina computer
Ribbon cutting at Carolina Computer Solutions

grand opening
John has a great deal of experience welcoming new business to Lexington

john at home
John at home

studying nyc firehouse
How things work - getting a close look at a Manhattan firehouse

john at dachau
Contemplating the past by the tracks that brought victims to Dachau

john in thought
Watching and Learning

reflecting on the vltava
Fascinated by Cities - Over the Vltava River
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world

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John explains a statue of St. George (the dragon slayer) to fellow travelers in Prague

john at the library
John is a regular visitor at the Public Library

greeting the future
Greeting the future while visiting Tegernsee, near Munich, Germany

read for the record
Reading to kids during the national campaign, "Jumpstart Read for the Record"

salvation army camp
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Boys and Girls Club

salvation army camp 2
With Vicki Fuller and grandchild

John finishes first lap of Myers Park walking track
John Walser and Wayne Alley open the Myers Park Walking Trail

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John Tends to his Heritage Oak
The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the second best time is now.

First UCC
John has taught Sunday School at First Reformed UCC for nearly forty-five years

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Antionette Kerr with Sylvia and John - Antionette was the first student John mentored through Project Potential

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Sylvia and John T Walser, Jr

Although public service was always demanding, and at times more than just a little difficult (especially during tough economic times such as we continue to experience), it was always my pleasure and my honor to participate so fully in the local government of the town for which I have cared so deeply my entire life.

I am sincerely and eternally grateful to have had that opportunity, and I look forward to continuing to serve my neighbors and my community.

I am happy to now serve on the Board of Trustees of the Davidson County Community College.

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