Samuel J. Walker Sr.

ANCHORAGE, AK Samuel John Walker, Sr., went home on Saturday, December 8, 2012. He was the husband of Blondell Hattie B. Walker for 51 years. Samuel was born September 27, 1938, in York, to Richard Corey Walker and Julia Florence Chatman-Walker. He was a caring, compassionate, family man and avid fisherman. He loved singing, racing pigeons, and speaking Mandarin Chinese. Mr. Walker loved God and people. He was a member of Greater Friendly Temple COGIC in Anchorage. His service in the United States Air Force took him to many places like China, Taiwan, and The Netherlands. Samuel arrived in Anchorage in the late 1960's and began his career for the Alaska Railroad in the 80's as a welder. After retiring, he pursued his interest in funeral service, working part-time. He later owned and operated Walker Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Blondell Hattie B. Walker; his daughters, Emma Walker, Cleo (Scott) Walker-Randle, Omega Walker, and Bersadies (Robert) Murray; his sons, Samuel Walker, Jr. and Solomon Walker; five grandchildren, Julian, Cieria, Donny, Taylor, and Drew; five great-grandchildren, Emmanuel, ReRe, DJ, Airreion, and Cyriyah; sisters-in-law, Rosa Lee Walker, Sadie Walker, Emma Lee Shaw, Celia Walker, Delia Walker, and Elizabeth Walker; brothers-in-law, Zeke Way and Marion Cohen; and a large extended family. Services will be held Friday, December 21, 2012, at New Covenant Community Church, 701 W. King St., York, with Pastors Rachel J. Baxter and Anthony W. Sease officiating. Viewing 9 to 10 with service to follow. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap Veterans Cemetery, Annville. Arrangements by Phillips Funeral Home of Baltimore, Md.

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2012