MARGARET ADGER FULTON WALKER
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January 18, 1924–October 4, 2012
MOUNT OLIVE, NORTH CAROLINA -- Margaret Adger Fulton Walker, 88, died at her home at 208 Crest Drive on Thursday, October 4, 2012. She was born January 18, 1924, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where her parents C. Darby Fulton and Nannie Ravenel Fulton were visiting relatives while on furlough from mission service in Japan. Her grandparents were Henry Edmund and Agnes Adger Ravenel of Charleston and Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Samuel Peter and Rachel Peck Fulton of South Carolina, Virginia, and Kobe, Japan.
A memorial service will be conducted by her minister, Steven Wicks, at Mount Olive Presbyterian Church on Thursday, October 11 at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church fellowship hall after the service or at the home at other times. Visitation at Tyndall Funeral Home will be on Wednesday, October 10 from 4–7 p.m. Interment will be at the Memorial Garden in Montreat, North Carolina at a later date.
She is survived by her husband of fifty-nine years, John Neal Walker, her two daughters Ann Fulton Walker of Winston-Salem and Lea Ravenel Walker of Raleigh, her grandsons Dalton Prioleau Marshall and Stuart Haizlip Marshall of Raleigh, her brother-in-law, William Bason Walker of Raleigh, her sister-in-law, Joan Ellis Fulton of Cincinnati, a niece, three nephews, and many beloved cousins. She was preceded in death by her daughter Patricia Neal Walker and her two brothers Charles Darby Fulton, Jr., and Samuel Ravenel Fulton.
After her parents' return to the States in 1926, Margaret grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, attending West End High School and the Downtown Presbyterian Church. She graduated in 1945 from Converse College in Spartanburg, where she played intramural sports, served as president of the Christian Association, was awarded academic honors, and was a senior superlative. She gave the Founder's Day address in 1996, recollecting her grandfather, H. E. Ravenel, who was instrumental in the establishment of the college. During the summers of her college years, she worked in Montreat as a lifeguard and a leader of youth recreational groups of the Mountain Retreat Association.
Following a year working at the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York, she went to graduate school at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, earning a master's degree in English Bible in 1948. She served as a Christian educator at the First Presbyterian churches of Greensboro and Burlington, North Carolina and at Mount Olive Presbyterian Church after her marriage in 1953. Upon the birth of three daughters, she stayed at home until 1974, when she taught English for five years at Mount Olive College.
She was a member of Mount Olive Presbyterian Church since 1953, serving as elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, youth advisor, choir member, and on the Christian education and stewardship committees. In New Hope Presbytery she served on Presbytery's Council, the New Hope Foundation, and as a commissioner to the 1992 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. She was president of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education alumnae council of 1995-1996. In later years, she served on the board of the Presbyterian Heritage Center at Montreat.
She loved choral singing, and sang for years in the Mount Olive Community Chorus, the Wayne Oratorio Society, and the Raleigh Oratorio Society. She was a member of the Wayne County Library Board and the Wayne Community Concerts Association Board. She enjoyed bird watching and playing tennis, summer holidays in Montreat with family and friends, college and graduate school reunions, square dancing, and household pets.
Those wishing to commemorate Margaret's long and active life may consider memorial gifts to: Converse College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302-1931 (designate Annual Fund or H. E. Ravenel Scholarship Fund); Montreat Fund, Mountain Retreat Association, P. O. Box 969, Montreat, NC 28757; Presbyterian Heritage Center, P. O. Box 297, Montreat, NC 28757; or Wayne County Public Library, 1001 East Ash Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530 (designate Steele Memorial Library Building Project).
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Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal on Oct. 11, 2012