February 16, 2011
Shirley M. Walker was born in Wilkes-Barre on January 1, 1936, to the late William L. and Lillian M. (McCloe) Medley. Shirley was united in marriage to Alfonzo Walker of New York. They remained happily married for 57 years, until she peacefully transitioned into eternal life Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She graduated high school from G.A.R. and worked as a clerk for the Liquor Control Board and as a teacher's assistant in the Wilkes-Barre School District. Shirley was baptized into the faith at Mount Zion Baptist church and was a former member of New Covenant Christian Fellowship Church. At the time of her death, she was a member of First Baptist Church of Wilkes-Barre on River Street. She was a faithful servant and active volunteer in the community, working with such groups as Ruth's Place, VISION and M-25, a homeless ministry. Shirley also served as a member of the Deaconess Board and Choir. She also had a passionate love for attending Bible study and prayer meetings. In her leisure time, she enjoyed sitting on the porch and working in her home and yard. Shirley was known for her loving kindness and sense of humor. Her favorite time of all was spent enjoying her loving family and traveling. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Mrs. Katherine Long; her brother, Morris L. Medley; her sister, Rachel; her brothers-in-law, Harold Murray and Frank Thornton; and sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Medley and Martha Medley. Shirley leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her precious memories of their life together, her loving husband, Alfonzo Walker Sr.; her sons, Alfonzo Walker Jr., Duane W. Walker and his fiancée, Gena, Virginia; Morris J. Walker and his wife, Mary Jane, Wilkes-Barre, and Kirk D. Walker and his wife, Judy, Drums; grandchildren Dwane (Norma Jean) Walker and Nathaniel Walker, Virginia; the Reverend Shawn (Sharida) Walker, Wilkes-Barre; Brandon (Shana) Walker, Wilkes-Barre; Kirk D. Walker II and Angelique Walker, Drums; step-grandchildren, Khayla Griffiths and McKenna Griffiths, Wilkes-Barre; great-grandchildren, Brandon Walker, Cole Walker, Lael Walker and Brody Walker, Wilkes-Barre, and Marcia Walker, Virginia; step-great-grandson, Brandon Farmer Jr., Wilkes-Barre; brothers and sisters, Rebecca Murray, Dorothy Thornton, William Medley, Charles (Rayetta) Medley, Charlene Jenkins, all of Wilkes-Barre, Estelle McGoy, Virginia, the Reverend John Medley, California; and a host of nephews; nieces; cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held at noon today at the First Baptist Church of Wilkes-Barre, 48 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Shirley's grandson, the Rev. Shawn Walker, will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call today from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home Inc., 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Send condolences at www.BestLifeTributes.com .
Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral and Cremation Services, INC.
465 Main Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Published in Times Leader from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2011