Memory Eternal! + Jean Miriam Card Walker


Mrs. Jean Miriam Card Walker, 100, died on March 1, 2010, at the Little Flower Assisted Living Community in Charlotte, NC.  Mrs. Walker was born in Dora, AL, on April 15, 1909, and lived in Palmerdale, Alabama, for 50 years before moving to Charlotte in 1986.  She is survived by two sons, Fr. Gordon Thomas Walker, Sr. (Mary Sue) founding priest and pastor emeritus of St. Ignatius Church in Franklin, TN; and Phillip Jackson Walker of Charlotte; a daughter, Mary Exa Walker Crew (Steve) of Charlotte; and numerous grand-,great-, and great-great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Mrs. Walker was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, G. T. Walker, Jr.; a daughter, Alice Jean Walker; and a son, David Richard Walker, Sr. (Carol).  Jean personally cared for Alice, a loving special needs child, for over 60 years.  Jean and G. T. were charter members of First Baptist Church of Palmerdale, where Jean sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and served in many other capacities.  She later taught the Sonshine special needs Sunday school class at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in Charlotte.  Jean’s life was marked by service and quiet giving to those in need. 

A service of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, March 6, at 10 AM at Roebuck Chapel, 9012 Parkway East, Birmingham, AL, 35206, the Rev. B. J. Strickland of Huntsville officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4:30-8 PM on Friday, March 5, at Roebuck Chapel.  Younger family members will serve as pall bearers.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Palmerdale, AL, 35123. 

The family offers special thanks to the staff of the Little Flower Assisted Living Community; her physician, Dr. Jimmie Adcock; and Dr. Phil Hess and the nurses and staff of Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region.                                                                                                        

Jean Miriam Walker was not a member of the Orthodox Church, but her three surviving children are active members in the following parishes: Fr. Gordon Thomas Walker is the founding priest and Pastor Emeritus of St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN, Dr. Phillip Walker and his wife and 2 of his children are members of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte, NC. He also has finished the St. Stephen’s Course of Studies and is a Reader in his Parish. Mary Exa Crew is a public school teacher and is a member of Nativity of the Holy Theotokos OCA Parish in Charlotte, NC. She also sings in the choir and teaches in Church school.