Walter Walker

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Daily Press
August 1, 2002


On Monday, July 29, 2002, Walter Alfrin Walker was called home to God’s Celestial Heaven. He was 86 years old. The son of the late Lilly and Alfred Alexander Walker, he was born on October 26, 1915, in Cifax, Virginia. He graduated from high school in Bedford, Virginia.

He attended Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) as a five-year work-study student. After four years he left Hampton to marry Audrey Jackson and start a family. He worked at various jobs in the city before returning to Hampton University to study Machine Shop Practice and obtain certification as a master machinist, a position that he later held with the Newport News Shipyard and subsequently the Portsmouth Naval Yard. While with the Portsmouth Naval Yard in 1944, he received a Citation from President Roosevelt and a production design award.

Walter and Audrey decided to return to Hampton University to complete their college education. In order to do that and provide for his family, he worked the night shift and attended college by day. He received a B.S. degree (cum laude) in business administration and accounting from Hampton University in 1943.

He then began his employ with Hampton University, advancing through various positions until he became the University’s Purchasing Agent in 1951. He held that position until he retired.

By 1959 he earned a master’s degree in secondary school administration from his alma mater.

He obtained numerous certificates from purchasing management training institutes and became a Certified Purchasing Manager. He became a member of the National Association of Education Buyers, becoming president of the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Chapter. He served two terms. For eleven years he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Educational and Institutional Cooperative Inc.

Throughout the years, Walter Walker dedicated his life to his family and to the local, state and national community. In 1972, Governor Linwood Holton appointed him to the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. The governor also appointed him to the Governor’s Minority Economic Development Advisory Committee.

He was active in his church, the First Baptist Church of Hampton, Virginia. For many years Walter and Audrey produced the annual Easter Morning Passion play. Audrey directed the production and Walter managed the staging. He served as Trustee and Chairman of the Budget Committee.

He was devoted to his alma mater. He was president of the Hampton chapter, Budget Chairman of the Middle Atlantic region, Auditor of the Middle Atlantic Region and Auditor of the National Association.

In addition, he was affiliated with the NAACP, Boys Club, Boy Scouts of America, the Voter League of Virginia, the Citizens Organization of Hampton, the PTA Council Executive Committee, and the Virginia State PTA. He also served as president of the Phenix High School PTA.

As a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, he served as Basileus (President) of the Zeta Omicron Chapter for three terms. In 1963, he received the Omega Man Of The Year award.

Other organizations where he held positions of leadership and service were the Standby Price Stabilization Board of the City of Hampton, the City of Hampton Budget Committee, Hampton City Schools Budget Committee, and the Bicentennial Committee for the City of Hampton.

WVEC 13 Television recognized him as a HOMETOWN HERO, “embodying the spirit of Hampton Roads.”

Walter Walker lived a fulfilling life. He enjoyed utilizing his technical skills to help others.

He was pre-deceased by his daughter Linda K. Walker and his loving wife Audrey K. Walker. He leaves to mourn him: Sons, Walter A. Walker Jr. and Jonathan Walker of Hampton, Alexander Walker (Cathy) of Milpitas, California, Sister, Octavia Shelton of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Grandchildren: Walter A. Walker III of Kansas City, Missouri, John Walker (Sadia) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Jihan Walker of Atlanta, Georgia.

He also leaves to cherish his memory a number of nieces, nephews and cousins along with other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held 12 Noon Friday, August 2, 2002, at First Baptist Church of Hampton, Virginia, with the Reverend Dr. William D. Booth, officiating. Interment will follow in Hampton Memorial Gardens. Viewing will begin at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) at Cooke Bros. Funeral Chapel and a wake will be held from 9 to 10 p.m. Family and friends are asked to assemble at 1101 Aberdeen Road by 11 a.m. on Friday.

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