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Valerie Walsh Johnson Obituary


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“My you and your family know that God loves you. Although short, Valiere's life made a significant mark on the legal community and she will be missed. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Addie Burks - Memphis, TN

“Brent, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Galia Thompson-Greer Paris, TN WestStar Class of 2007 ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Galia Thompson Greer - Paris, TN

“Brent, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Galia Thompson-Greer Paris, TN WestStar Class of 2007 ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Galia Thompson Greer - Paris, TN

“Words caanot express my sorrow for your loss. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Kristi Rezabek - Jackson, TN

“Brent - The Brain Tumor Support Group family's thoughts and and prayers are with you and your family. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Rhonda W. Harris - Cordova, TN

“Brent, my love and prayers with you. We are in Australia and unable to attend the celebration for your wife. Martha and Jerry. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Rev. Martha B. Wagley - Memphis, TN

“My deepest condolences to you. I graduated from law school with Valerie, and she was an outstanding and dedicated attorney. You are in my thoughts...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Kendra H. Armstrong - Cordova, TN


Valerie Walsh Johnson, 53, died January 31 at Methodist Hospice in Memphis after a long, brave and graceful struggle with cancer. Valerie was an intellectual property attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. She held positions in a number of professional organizations, including serving as a former President of the Association for Women Attorneys, and Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Intellectual Property Section 2004-2005. She also served as a Board Member of the Coalition for a Better Memphis. Valerie earned her law degree from the University of Memphis and was Managing Editor of the Law Review. She was a gifted artist in the media of pottery and book binding, enjoyed playing the cello, and traveled widely. Valerie was the daughter of William Walsh of Jacksonville, Florida and the late Jeanne Farlin Walsh. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Brent Porterfield of Memphis, daughter, Brittany Johnson of Washington D.C., son, William Johnson and ex-husband, Robert Johnson, both of New Orleans, Louisiana, and two sisters, Susan Walsh and Doris Novicenski, both of Jacksonville, Florida. A gathering to celebrate her life will be held at The First Unitarian Church (The Church of the River) at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4. Gifts in lieu of flowers, or memorials, may be sent to Methodist Alliance Hospice or United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis.

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