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Mrs. Elinor Harris Walker, 81, of 20309 College Park Ave., South Chesterfield, peacefully transitioned to eternal life on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the Golden Living Center, Walnut Hill.

She was born May 3, 1932, in New Jersey to the late Augustus F. Harris and Willella Clarke Harris. She received her primary education in the Englewood, N.J., School System. There in her hometown, she was a member of the First Baptist Church, Englewood, N.J. At an early age she developed a genuine love for music, and began to follow her grandfather, who was a Baptist preacher. She began playing piano by ear and this sparked a lifelong career as a professional musician.

Having been a military wife, she and her former husband, the late Henry Bernard Walker, traveled to the state of Virginia and reared their family in Ettrick, Va. She united with the Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Petersburg, and later moved her membership to the Little Mount Baptist Church, Disputanta. There she served on the Pastors Aide Ministry. She also continued her career as a musician, and served diligently with the Little Mount Baptist Church and the Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church choirs. She dedicated her life to ministry and served well. While in New Jersey, she proudly managed the "Elinor Walker Singers" and upon moving to Virginia, she served as a musician with a group called "The Cross Bearer Singers."

Affectionately known as "Mother Walker," she served as an aide in Geriatrics at Central State Hospital, and then furthered her education and became a graduate from LPN school. She worked for Hiram Davis Medical Center, where she retired after many years of service.

Mother Walker was a sought after musician, an avid cook who enjoyed preparing meals for others and was featured in The Progress-Index as "Cook of the Week." She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her dearly. She is preceded in death by her son, Laverne Harris; two sisters, Ruth Sweeney and Mamie York; and a brother, James Harris.

She leaves to cherish her legacy of precious memories, a devoted daughter and caregiver, Verna H. Davis (Eugene) of South Chesterfield; a son, Peter Harris of South Chesterfield; one devoted brother, Dr. Andrew Harris (Karahn) of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Wilhelmina Mickel (Richard) of Newark, N.J.; a devoted granddaughter, Angela Harris, grandson, Michael Harris, both of South Chesterfield; grandchildren, Alex Harris, Tia Ochoa, Michael Wray, Jennifer Wray, Jessica Wray, Marjani Harris, Camara Harris, Ajala Harris of Seattle; great-grandchildren, Eternity and Mahayanni Harris of South Chesterfield; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, to include a devoted niece, Terry de Barbeladen of Washington, D.C.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the College Park Family for the love shown to them.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Little Mount Baptist Church, Disputanta, with the pastor, the Rev. Charles Davis, eulogizing and Pastor Alfred Powell Jr., Perfecting Life Church, Petersburg, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Public viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Petersburg Chapel of Joseph M. Johnson and Son Funeral Home, South Sycamore Street, Petersburg, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Services entrusted to Joseph M. Johnson & Son, 530 S. Sycamore St., Petersburg, 804-863-4411.
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Joseph M. Johnson and Son Funeral Home - Petersburg
530 S. Sycamore St  Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 863-4411
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Published in The Progress-Index from Apr. 15 to Apr. 18, 2014