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Avis Marie Walker
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Avis Marie Taylor Walker was born on July 31, 1926 to Melton and Alice Ball Taylor in Greene County, Leakesville, Mississippi. She was one of nine children and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was married to Claude A. Walker, Sr. on August 1, 1942 and rejoined him in Glory on August 1, 2018, their 76th wedding anniversary.

Avis is survived by four sons, Palmer Spurgeon Walker (Betty), Theodore, Alabama; Roney E. Walker (Charlotte), Wiggins, Mississippi; Claude A. (Ike) Walker, Jr. (Sheila), Plant City, Florida; John Ray Walker (Tana), Wiggins, Mississippi; and two daughters, Susie Marie Walker Herring (David), Morton, Mississippi; and Grace Katie Walker Garrick, Wiggins, Mississippi. Ten grandchildren - Lori Walker Hughes (Matthew), St. Louis, Missouri; Jason Walker (Susan), Houston, Texas; Timothy Walker (Sarah), Jackson, Mississippi; Bradley Walker (Jennifer), Gulfport, Mississippi; Daniel Walker (Janice), Plant City, Florida; Ginger Walker, Mulberry, Florida; Karen Robinson (Brian), Nairobi, Kenya; Jonathon Walker (Madison), Wiggins, Mississippi; Alex Garrick, Wiggins, Mississippi and Lillian Herring, Morton, Mississippi. Fourteen great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, and a multitude of precious friends.

Avis learned life as she lived it and live it she did! She married a preacher and singing school teacher which carried her to many different places to share her gifts and talents. She dreamed of being a home economics teacher but never had formal educational training past the 9th grade. However, she became the best cook, seamstress, fashion designer, baker, hostess, homemaker, gardener, farmer, wife and Mother that could be imagined. Hospitality was a gift she cultivated and shared with everyone she encountered which made her a wonderful pastors wife. She could throw together a meal to feed 30 from nothing and in 45 minutes or less, she would have fried chicken, peas, butter beans, squash, fried okra, tomatoes, rolls and dessert and you would be feasting like a king. We still say she had a magic wand in a drawer!

Avis was “organic” before “organic” was cool with her free range chickens, grain fed cattle, non-homogenized milk products, cage free brown eggs, and home grown vegetables. All these required chores of which her children all were required to engage by checking fence lines, feeding the chickens and cows, gathering the eggs, milking the cows and picking the vegetables. She had a green thumb and could grow anything she touched from beautiful flowers to vegetables. The love of gardening and the outdoors was not always shared by her children. However, the delicious meals that were created by these items were enjoyed by many. Avis had a compassion and love of people and would see needs of families and would share her bounty of vegetables. Many July 4th holidays were celebrated picking and shelling bushels and bushels of peas, butterbeans and corn along with hand turned homemade ice cream. Many family and friends have enjoyed the fruits and vegetables of the gardens of Avis and many peas and butterbeans were shelled, corn shucked and put up and vegetables canned just so she could bless someone. It seemed the more she gave away, the more she had and hours of hard work was made fun with real life tales of things she had experienced. She would laugh and share her life stories, her joy of life spilling over and some tales were funny and some not so much but made the time pass faster and work seem less hard.

Avis was an early riser and would have a half days work done before her family was awake and never complained about what she did as she felt it was her duty to her family. She was the epitome of grace and love. She knew that she would never travel the world but her prayers could reach anywhere and many a struggling pastor or missionary has sat at her table, poured out their heart and she gave wise counsel from a pastor’s wife while feeding them delicious cakes, pies and coffee and they knew she would pray for them. She would save from her meager income so that she could bless a missionary in their ministry with an offering. Many families have been blessed with her gift of baking and sometimes when words were not available to share how you feel, a delicious pound cake, road muffins or tea cakes from her kitchen and some encouraging words was just what was needed to make it another day.

Avis took her responsibility as a pastor’s wife and Mother very seriously and made sure that she honored her husband in the ministry that he had been called to do.
She made sure he and her children were well dressed, starched and ironed and always encouraged her children to make sure they honored the Lord with their actions. There was never a time that you left her house that she would not tell you she loved you. She loved the Lord, her husband, her children and loved to hear them all sing. She usually would not sing with them but would call her friends to come sit and listen to them sing.

How do you describe Avis Marie Taylor Walker? A wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, a homemaker, a gardener, a flower-loving, green thumb, plant producing individual, a Sunday School teacher, a Bible study leader, Stone County School cafeteria worker/manager, cake decorator, a Ladies Auxiliary leader and so much more. Most importantly she loved the Lord, His work, her family and sharing the Gospel through missions. A Proverbs 31 woman!

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory may be given to The Gideons International for purchase of Bibles or to the Ebenezer Baptist Church Mexico Missions Fund.


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Visitation

Friday

3

Aug

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ebenezer Baptist Church

Stone Co
Wiggins, Ms 39577

Service

Saturday

4

Aug

11:00 AM
Ebenezer Baptist Church

Stone Co
Wiggins, Ms 39577

Cemetery Details

Location

Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery

Stone Co.
Wiggins, MS 39577

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