1009 Bellevue Ave
Dublin, GA 31021
J Barry Walker
J. Barry Walker is a life long resident of Dublin/ Laurens County Georgia. He grew up understanding what it meant to live in small town USA. “Treating others as you want to be treated” was how he was raised and the way he lives his life today. These are the same values he brings to his clients and his staff.
In 1983, while a sophomore in college his Dad, J.B. Walker, suffered and survived a heart attack. When Barry came to see about his dad in the hospital, J. B. was sitting up in bed working on accounts for his insurance agency. It was not until that moment did Barry decide this was the career path he would pursue. Barry saw the passion and commitment that his dad had toward his clients and his insurance agency.
After graduating from Georgia College and State University in 1985, Barry joined his Dad’s agency and worked side by side for eleven years until J.B. decided to retire. Even after retirement, Barry would often seek his dad’s counsel.
For over 30 years Barry has represented with distinction Nationwide Insurance Company as an exclusive agent. The Walker Insurance agency has been recognized numerous times as one of the top agencies with the coveted President’s Conference Award, The Champion Award, The F.A.S.T. (Farm Agent Sales Team), the Order of the Platinum Plowshare, and Agency of the Year for the State and the Company. The Walker agency has been recognized as the leading farm agency for Nationwide Exclusive agents in the state of Georgia and the top 20 in the country.
With the ringing in of a new year in 2019 so will be the beginning of a new era for the Walker Agency. With the growing of the agency with locations in Dublin, Milledgeville and Warner Robins, and with Nationwide Insurance converting all of their agents from exclusive agents to independent agents, Barry has the vision to grow with the times.
As of January 1, 2019 Barry is forming the J. Barry Walker Insurance Group but not losing sight of his roots. The new entity will always carry the same principles that J. B. Walker started the agency with in 1974, and with that, the new agency will carry “Established in 1974” never losing sight of the values instilled by his Dad J. B. Walker.
Barry is a member of Fist Baptist Church of Dublin. Ga, and member and past board member of the Dublin Exchange club, Barry Served on the Board of Directors at Trinity Christian School for over nine years. Barry has always been an advocate of youth athletics and has volunteered as coach for multiple recreation, elite travel ball and high school teams. Barry also enjoys hunting, fishing, snow skiing and all outdoor activities with his family and friends.
Barry is married to Rita and they have three children, Josh, Jorie and Jake. Barry is the proud granddad, better known as "Poppy" to Jackson, Brooks, Isla, and Baby Walker to be here in January of 2022.
Office Agency Manager
Christy Sims was born and raised in Middle Georgia. Christy began her career in the Insurance Industry working in the Claims Department at GEICO. Christy completed all levels of claims handling including handling and resolving coverage issues, liability disputes, injury claims including fatalities and litigation claims. Christy enjoyed training and also worked as a trainer in the Claims Department before branching into Claims Training Management. Christy also completed rotational positions within GEICO while working with all regions as an auditor. Christy handled scheduling, training and departmental budgeting. Christy also had experience working as a Regional Management Trainer prior to leaving GEICO. Christy has many years of experience working with claims and now personal lines as the Office Manager for the Dublin Office Location. Christy holds both her Adjuster’s License and Property & Casualty Agent’s License. Christy completed Yellow Belt Training and was Yellow Belt Trained prior to leaving claims. Christy worked on several Green Belt Projects and completed all levels of Claims Law earning her Claims Law Senior Claims Law Designation. Christy is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Administration. Although, learning Sales and Service is quite different from her extensive claims background, customer service will always remain as a priority in any position.
Christy has always had a passion for customer service work and is excited to work with customers face to face as well as on the phone in her current role at J Barry Walker Insurance Group LLC. Customer Service has to remain a priority focus in order for our business to grow.
Christy is married to Robbie Sims and they have 3 children; Austin 22, Ashley 20 and Blake 8. Christy stays busy having 2 of the kids in college and a 3rd grader. Christy and Robbie are the Den Leaders for their son’s Boy Scout Troop in Dublin. Christy, Robbie and their children worship at Baker Baptist Church and are very involved within the church and community in Laurens County. Christy and Robbie enjoy mission work and opportunities to serve in and out of their county.
Vickie started her career in the insurance industry in the late 1980's. She obtained her agents license in 1987 and began working in personal lines service and sales in Dublin, Georgia. Vickie began working with Barry Walker in 2003 as a commercial lines customer service agent. She quickly advanced to the Office Agency Manager while working primarily in the Commercial Lines. She sales and services Commercial and Farm Accounts throughout majority of the Southeast States, primarily handling Georgia and South Carolina.
Vickie is married to Larry and together they have 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 grand dogs. She enjoys restoring and refinishing furniture, drawing and painting, and spending time with her family and friends.
Cannon Warnock grew up in Dublin Ga. and attended Trinity Christian School. He graduated from Georgia College and State University with a BA in Communication Studies. Cannon has been married since 2011 and has three children, two girls and a boy. He has been with Walker Insurance since 2012 and specializes in Agricultural, Commercial operations throughout Georgia. Cannon is also experienced in providing Life Insurance as well as Business and Agricultural estate planning and transition advice as pertaining to Life Insurance services. Give him a call and he will come see you to provide a professional overview on all of your insurance needs.
Has a Bachelors in Business from Mercer University. He has been licensed now for 49years. He worked at GA Farm Bureau for 34 years and spent 25 of those years as the District Manager. Mr. Marvin oversaw the hiring of 75 agents in 65 different counties while working at GA Farm Bureau. He has currently worked with Nationwide for 15 years and has always had a close relationship with the Walker family. Marvin has been married for 58 years and has 3 children as well as 5 grandchildren. He is a member of First Baptist Church and is very much an active member in his community.
Marvin also holds a lifetime Teacher's Certificate and Driver Education Certificate.
Joshua Walker was born and raised in Dublin, Georgia. He attended Trinity Christian Highschool. He is a graduate from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Risk Management, Insurance, and Management. Joshua is licensed in P&C as well as Life Insurance. Joshua is married to Kirstie and they have three beautiful children; Jack age 5, Brooks age 3 and Isla age 1. Joshua has a passion for the culinary arts and loves to spend his weekends outdoors and enjoys hunting and fishing with his children. Joshua is happy to continue to serve our community as the third generation in the family business.
Jennifer Harvill is the Office Agency Manager in our Milledgeville location. Jennifer started in the insurance industry in 2000, shortly after graduating from Baldwin County High School in 1999. When J Barry Walker took over the agency that Jennifer worked at, she decided to stay on and has been with this agency since May of 2010. Jennifer holds her Property & Casualty License as well as her Life & Health License. Jennifer works with many facets of insurance through selling and servicing personal line policies, commercial line policies, farm policies as well as health and life policies. Jennifer has consistently achieved “Top Sales Agent” at the local and district levels since the start of her career.
Jennifer has a beautiful daughter, Madison who attends GMC in Milledgeville. Madison is on the GMC Cheer Squad and loves to compete. Jennifer is very involved in her community and is a Foster Parent for Baldwin County DFCS for the last 6 years.
Jennifer is dedicated to maintaining customers through attention to detail and always being a proponent of finding the best possible insurance solutions to fit each individual’s needs. Jennifer hopes to continue in the insurance industry for many years to come!