Albertina Walker
CHICAGO (AP) - Grammy-winning singer Albertina Walker, who was known as the "Queen of Gospel," has died at age 81.

Close friend and WVON radio host Pam Morris says Walker died Friday morning of respiratory failure in at RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago.

Morris says Walker was "a living legend" who was responsible for launching more than a dozen careers of gospel artists.

Walker formed her own gospel group, the Caravans, as a young woman and was a protege of gospel star Mahalia Jackson.

U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush called Walker a voice for the civil rights movement. He says her music was "a healing balm to those who struggled for justice."

Walker was lifelong Chicago resident and member of the West Point Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements are pending.


Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press
Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Oct. 8, 2010.
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I LOVED, I CAN GO TO GOD IN PRAY GOOD GOSPEL SINGING
MARILYN DUNLAP
September 23, 2019
Greatest contralto ever lived. Still miss you. Listening to your VHS Songs Of The Church
Mildred Leevy
August 24, 2019
I loved Mrs. Walker music
Arlene Saxton
February 2, 2019
I missed you so much Albertian Walker
Jazmine Jernigan
Friend
January 1, 2019
Love you!
Rhonda Jones
December 6, 2017
My condolences goes out to the family of Albertina Walker she is greatly missed as we listen to hear songs
Barbara Bradley
May 18, 2017
Nazarene
Mckinney
March 20, 2017
RIP Albertina
You faught a good fight and you will be missed . We all loved you but God loved you more so he picked another flower for his garden for you to rest in and blossom. Rest with the angels now and sing in the choir. You are at peace now.
Charlotte Brady
January 7, 2017
I Missed You To Albertan Walker
Jazmine Jernigan
October 27, 2016
I Missed You Albertan Walker
Jazmine Jernigan
September 20, 2016
Tanya Strickland Feltson
July 19, 2016
Tanya Strickland Feltson
July 19, 2016
Valenda Newell
July 8, 2016
Just wanted to add how much your music meant to me. I Would play it for My Great Aunt. Before she passed away. Omg The Magnitude Of The Holy Spirit Would Be there. Thank Sister Albertina Walker. RIP
RALPH Newton
May 2, 2016
You were a Woman of God!!!
Your music was felt in the Spirit
the Soul.
Now, you can sing with the angels around the Throne.
Love you... RIP Tina
Barbara Butler
March 30, 2016
to a wonderful woman of god she was and still is my favorite gospel singer of all time no singer ministers to me the way she does truly a legend I thank god for blessing you with such an anointing voice and having a long life and career I will remember til the day I die you are truly a queen this is from your biggest fan in the whole wide world Michael Braxton
Michael Braxton
July 13, 2015
this great woman of God was blessing to my soul and spirit many times over. When I was a babe in Christ, it was her singing that help me, that encouraged me. And I thank God. But one thing, I can go back and listen to her music. She may be gone but God allowed her to leave a great Leagacy behind for us to remember. God bless the family.
Pamela Harris
November 19, 2014
Albertina Walker is missed by many folks from different paths in Life. I truly enjoyed her renditions of so many Gospel pieces. She possessed a gift from God through her voice and used that voice to spread The Word. As Thanksgiving is fast approaching, I give thanks for Albertina and her gift of Gospel for all people to hear. Be assured she is resting in peace with our Lord in a land where pain and suffering is no more. Rejoice in knowing that she lives forever more with Christ all those she loved in life.
Robert Campbell
November 9, 2014
Had the pleasure of meeting her at The Judge Mathis Show 2009. My feet were hurting so bad I wanted to jump onto her wheel chair, she was very pleasant and one of my moms favorite gospel singers. RIP
B.W
May 16, 2014
May you rest in peace in God's care
Cathy Evans DOZIER
January 9, 2014
MOTHER ALBERTINA WALKER WAS SUCH AN ANOINTED WOMAN OF GOD.I WILL ALWAYS REMENBER HER BEING SO INFLUENTIAL IN THE BODY OF CHRIST.SLEEP ON AND TAKE YOUR REST MOTHER WE WILL MEET AT JESUS FEET.I LOVE YOU FOREVER IN MY HEART.
REV.DR.KENNETH W. SMITH
October 17, 2013
You are missed!!!
Flo Thomas
June 18, 2013
Rest in peace. She is now living in a building not made by hand.
D Rogers
May 30, 2013
I never knew you, but I love you
I never saw you, but I miss you
You never knew me, but you help me every day.
You never saw me, but I try to live with the songs you sang in my heart.
thanks for the sarcrifices.
Thanks for going on when you were tired, weak and warn. Your life is a testament to living in God's eternal light.

You realized the gift God gave you, you used it, to serve his purposes and to uplift his name and for that we are all grateful. I know it wasn't easy. But easy is not for the faithful.
marsha
February 8, 2013
Mrs Walker was the best gospel singer. I was blessed to be a part of her wonderful music.

WSA, Milw, Wi
William Avant
October 16, 2012
Ms. Alberina Walker was a grate gospel singer and she will truly be missed for her music. Also on gospel events like Celebration of Gospel, Stella Awards. RIP in peace lady of Gospel.
Venita Brown
Colton, CA
Venita bROWN
June 23, 2012
May you rest in peace miss walker love the caravans may you sing praise to God in the Heaven above
Minister Willam Jackson
April 13, 2012
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
Anthony (Tony) Waters
February 17, 2012
She was the very BEST. RIP TINA
George Graves
February 14, 2012
sorry for yor loss I love her so muh God bless you all
desmon chowning
December 3, 2011
Remembering the power of prayer through her never ending songs of worship! Rest in peace.
La Shaundra Coleman
October 29, 2011
MY HEART STILL HOLDS AN EMPTINESS FOR YOU. I PLAY YOUR MUSIC BUT I MISS YOU! MY PRAYER IS THAT THE HEALING PROCESS WILL CONTINUE FOR ALL WHO STILL LOVE AND MISS YOU DEARLY. A. FAYE WINGO, TAMPA, FL
A.FAYE WINGO
October 11, 2011
Michael Braxton
September 5, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
MARYJO AND FLUFFY YOUNG
July 26, 2011
to the family of the late albertina walker may god forever bless you and keep you in his care. ps. jesus loves you all. bye bye. now from katena. latrice. osborne. jesus cares about you all. bye bye. now
katena osborne
May 18, 2011
To The Albertina Walker Family This Is The Kelly Family From Long Beach CA I Was Influence By The Queen Of Gospel Albertina Walker I Was Singing I Can Go To God In prayer With The Chosen Generation Church Choir And Keep The Spirit Of Albertina Walker,s Singing In Your Hearts And Souls and i Really Love Albertina Walker,s Singing I Love The Caravans Singing Choose Ye This Day Because I Want To Encouraged You To Be Strong And May God Continue To bless You From The Kelly Family
Lauren Kelly
May 3, 2011
Praise God for her journey here on earth and rejoice for her final, eternal destination in Heaven!
natisha polk
March 12, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Wanda Alexander
March 3, 2011
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Louis Taylor
February 23, 2011
I know this may be a little late but while reading a jet magazine at he beauty salon I found out that the "Queen of Gospel" had passed. The family has my deepest sympathy and God will take of you. " Lord keep me day by day". I know she is in good hands.
Tarsha Belton
February 18, 2011
May God be with you on your Heavenly journey.
Larry Lockett
February 15, 2011
You will now be singing for the Master...

My condolences to all of the family and loved ones.
B.R. Brooks
February 15, 2011
To the Family of Dr Albertina Walker you have my condolences and prayers The Anderson Family
Patricia Anderson
February 13, 2011
Miss you so very much even though i just got my Computer i can say how much you and your Ministry mean to me when i felt down i could put on one of your C/Ds and go on a little while longer with Gods power and your music, again you will be missed.
Josephine Woods
February 9, 2011
You are one of my all-time favorites . . . RIP
Darlene Isom
January 30, 2011
God bless the family of Mrs. Walker a pioneer may the work i done speak for me
January 4, 2011
you will be missed here on earth but you're in the angelic choir in heaven to the walker family stay strong and hold on to god'
unchanging hand



brenda lockett

NEW ORLEANS, LA
December 28, 2010
To the Family of Sis. Albertina Walker:

May God comfort and keep you in his care.

We will alll miss Sis. Walker tremendously. She was my brother's favorite Gospel Artist. And I am sure he was there at the gates of heaven to meet her. My brother went to be with the Lord in March, 2004. He was a traditional/contemporary gospel musician. However, his favorite was the traditional gospel. This was the reason why he loved Sis. Walker's spirit and music so much!

Thank you, Lord, for sending us such a powerful messenger, Sis.Walker, on this earth encouraging us to never give up and staying in the race of life praising your holy name until you call us home.

Much Love,
A Sister in Florida
November 27, 2010
I remember when she and Dorothy Norwood came down to Albany and sang with our choir when I was in highschool. We all had to wear white and I will never forget that experience...May the blessings of God be upon her family...
Deshauna Thornton
November 17, 2010
Earth has no sorry that Heaven can't heal.I just know that you and James are singing up a storm.You will be missed
Rev. Marlon Hall
November 15, 2010
My sincerest condolences to the family of Albertina Walker. I have enjoyed listening to her spirit filled voice every since I was a little girl. The world has lost a great ambassador for Christ. We will miss her here on earth, but I know she's singing in that "Heavenly Choir". Be encouraged and steadfast in prayer; God will always be with you.
Barbara Campbell
November 11, 2010
WALKER FAMILY,

MAY THE "FATHER OF TENDER MERCIES AND THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT, WHO COMFORTS US IN OUR TRIBULATION" BRING YOUR FAMILY COMFORT AT THIS TIME. OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOUR FAMILY.

LEB FAMILY
November 3, 2010
This message goes out to the entire walker and connecting families. I remember sending her a Christmas card one year and thanking her for being such an inspiration to me. I'm singing today because of her influence. God is "Real" and he uses "REAL" people. She will be greatly missed. To her God_Son Eric, I want you to know that the blessings are about to overtake you because of your faithfulness. may god Bless and Keep You.
November 2, 2010
May the God of comfort and tender mercies continue to comfort your family and friends, and may you find comfort in the words found in the Holy Scriptures: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."" Please accept my sincere condolences during this time of your loss.

D. Clark
October 31, 2010
Music, when soft voices die

Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory—
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.

Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heaped for the beloved's bed;
And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.

By Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Poetry Foundation
Jacqueline Underwood
October 29, 2010
Rest in Peace. You will be missed.
Margie King
October 25, 2010
Albertina God saw fit for you to go home and rest. Rest In Peace You Will Be Missed. You said it very Well in Sail Away! So Sail Away Albertina.

Larry Cook
Atlanta, GA.
October 25, 2010
RIP and take your rest. We love you but God loves you best. SEE YOU IN THE RAPTURE!!!!!!! Sis Mary Turner-Gooding & Family
Mary Turner-Gooding
October 24, 2010
R.I.P The Queen of Gospel Dr. Albertina "Tina" Walker.. Like DeLois Barrett Campbell said "they can't crown Tina not until I get there", Sleep on my sister and take your rest we shall be alrite down here. Love you forever and a day Tina!
Christian Shelvin
October 21, 2010
I am so glad that God gave you the voice of a million Angels that helped and blessed a many of people by your songs.
Nellie Jones
October 21, 2010
A True legend of Gospel Music and Praise. God Bless the family.......
"In Shady Green Pastures"
Anita Hogan
October 21, 2010
It really hit me hard today when I found out Ms. Albertina Walker passed away. I was out of the country at the time but I just want to say how much I truly loved her music. I never had the pleasure of meeting the Queen of Gospel but I absolutely loved her music. Even in my young age I will always believe tht old school gospel is the best. I truly believe Lady Walker was singing from her heart and meant every word she song and lived the life she song about as well. She will truly be missed but never forgotten. All of Gods Soldiers are going on home I just pray their legacy never dies.
LaKisha Fredericks
October 21, 2010
A TRUE LEGEND she was... and a wonderful legacy she has left... You are gone but never forgotten Ms. Albertina... I really admired your amazing work!! God bless the family of such an amazing woman!
Bianca Withers
October 21, 2010
A legend in her own right, Ms. Albertina Walker will never be forgotten. Her legacy will live on for always and she can never be replaced. May God bless the Walker family during your time of healing. I will always love her she meant so much to everyone who ever knew or heard her. She will live for ever through her music. Thank God for giving us such an Angel.
Elder Elissa Darden
October 21, 2010
Allen Jones
October 21, 2010
I would like to send my heartfelt sympathy to the Walker family. Dr. Albertina Walker was indeed one of the Greats in Gospel Music and I shall miss her. I like to take road trips and sometime late at night Albertina Walker and the Caaravans have helped me cruise on down the road with ease. I'm thankful for what she gave to me and the world.-Vernita Humphrey (Little Rock, AR)
Vernita Humphrey
October 21, 2010
I would like to send my condolescence to the family of Queen of Gospel Dr. Albertina Walker. She was brought up on the Caaravans founded in 1951 and she rocked with church with the gospel classic "I'll Fly Away". She will definitely be missed. May God Bless you.
Sharletha Wiley
October 21, 2010
my long time friend I cant find words to say I Will never Forget you

Helen Lewis
Stockson Ca
Helen Lewis
October 21, 2010
So sorry to hear about the passing of Sis. Albertina. I talked to her in July,2010 in Cincinnati,Ohio at the Gospel Music Workshop. She will be missed greatly. My prayer is that God will grant you peace and comfort at this time. Debra Davis, Three Creeks, Ark. El Dorado, Ark. Chapter of the GOSPEL MUSIC WORKSHOP OF AMERICA.
Debra Davis
October 20, 2010
GREW UP GOING TO SEE ALBERTINA AND THE CARVANS PASTOR SHIRLEY DOROTHY INEZ DELORIS WAS THERE TO BE WITH HER THE LAST MILE THE MUSICAL WAS GREAT I'VE BEEN IN RADIO PLAYING GOSPEL MUSIC FOR 28 YRS. I WILL STILL PLAY THE QUEEN AS SHE'LL STILL BE SINGING ON THE AIRWAVES TIL JESUS COMES RADOLADI ST. LOUIS MO.
OLLIE BOOKER
October 19, 2010
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matt.5:4

I pray God's blessings for the entire Walker Family. May he grant you peace and comfort at this time. Ms. Walker will be missed.
Jacqueline T. Willoughby
October 19, 2010
October 19, 2010

We know God has another gospel group for you to lead so he brought you on home to take care of that assignment, your music will forever be in our hearts, We will miss the new music but your gospel music and the love you had for God and your fellowman and your beautiful voice will always be in our hearts. My Mother & I have been listening to your music for years and will continue to do so, and to the Family she will be in your hearts forever and not gone far because God had another job for this angel to do.
Stay prayed up and truly blessed.
You are in our prays.

Mrs. Betty Jaques & Family
Charleston, SC
Mrs. Betty Jaques & Family
October 19, 2010
October 19 2010
Sister: Albertina Walker I loved her sing
The song I really loved to here sing Lord Keep Me day by Day.May God Forver bless you all.You will forgever be in my prayer
Jannie Richard and Family
Hemphill, Texas
October 19, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
LaDora Wilcox
October 19, 2010
we are really going to miss Tina we love you may God continue to bless your family until we get there. Ann Fortson Lakeland Fla.
October 19, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
EDWINA WILSON
October 19, 2010
Albertina Walker, Heaven knows you'll be greatly missed not only in Chicago, but all over the world. I remember, growing up listening to you everymorning on WMPP Gospel radio station, which was located in Ford Heights, IL.. You were a blessing then, now your a blessing on the other side Welcome Home Tina. Sis. M> Clark
marian clark
October 18, 2010
YOU WILL BE MISSED,BUT GOD NEEDED A NEW ANGEL FOR HIS THRONE.
jeaneatha chaney
October 18, 2010
Praying for the family of Ms. Albertina Walker. Know that God loves each one of you so much and that He is able to comfort you and see you thru this time of lost. His love is everlasting and if you know the Lord Jesus Christ like Ms. Walker did, you will see her again one day. John 3:16-17, Romans 10:9-10 be comforted with these worlds Proverbs 3:5 & 6. Love in Christ Jesus, Evangelist T.Currie
Evangelist Teresia Currie
October 18, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
LINDA FREEMAN
October 18, 2010
May you rest in peace, safe in his arms
shirley bransford
October 18, 2010
Her voice was a shining light for me during the 1960's civil rights movement. May she rest in peace.
Thomas Armstrong
October 18, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 18, 2010
HER VOICE AND MESSAGE WAS TRULY AN INSPIRATION TO ALL. REST IN PEACE "QUEEN".


GREGORY & DARCELL WALTON
MAPLEWOOD, NEW JERSEY
October 18, 2010
i first heard albertine in 1981 when she song a song with rev james clevland now she could really sing i can go to God in prayer
betty ross
October 17, 2010
The storm is over. May you rest in peace.
Percy Lee Stephens
October 17, 2010
Sister Walker will be missed. I send my thoughts and prayers to her family.
The Stephens Family
October 17, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Joy
October 17, 2010
R.I.P. What a wonderful Lady.Singing now in the Heavenly choir.
Brenda Pulley
October 17, 2010
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Brenda Pulley
October 17, 2010
I remember my older sister telling me that my mother had all of the caravan's music before I was born; Today i listen to their music in my home. Sleep on Albertina , the void can never be filled in our lives ,we will miss you. Long Live The Queen. L.C. New Orleans La.
Louvader Cureaux
October 17, 2010
i remember when the queen came to danville, il. at the laura lee fellowship house to put on a concert. she did such a great job of praising God, that it touch my life and i have never been able to forget her. she was certainly a woman of God. she will be missed.
ronald dix
October 16, 2010
As a teenager, my friend Janet and I went to Atlanta to hear the Caravans not knowing how we would get back home. We loved to hear the Caravans sing. On that day, we heard this great group and were able to return home.Throughout my life, Ms. Walker and the Caravans were always the standard in singing. We will miss you Ms. Albertina. I know you are living in a building not made by hand.
October 16, 2010
Tina,

You will be greatly missed. Your music will live on forever. I will miss our good times together and I will always treasure the boots you sent me. I will love you into eternity. I will always remember you calling my husband the late Rev. Dr. Lawrence C. Roberts. "Pharoah." With deepest sympathy.

Prayerfully submitted,

Rev. Mrs. Lawrence C. Roberts, (Bootsy) and Family
Dolores (Bootsy) Roberts
October 16, 2010
You were a beautiful woman of God that truly inspired me. RIP Queen.
Yashica Campbell
October 16, 2010
Elder David Scott Remembers the Caravans the most famous Albertina Walker, Shirley Ceasar, and of course Inez Andrews. I thank my higher power (GOD) and my mother Mrs. Gladys Johnson who brought them to Gary, In,for allowing all of them including Dorothy Norwood long and prosperous lives. All of them should certainly be honored for their pioneering work, which we know was most trying at times, . Thank you Albertina Walker for not giving up.
David Scott
October 16, 2010
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Carla Elliott
October 16, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Shelia Walker & Family
October 16, 2010
Mrs Abertina Walker, Was a great woman of God rest in peace God Bless her family
linda scott
October 16, 2010
Lord Keep Me Day by Day, Life is Like a Mountain Railroad, and When God Dips His Love in my Heart Joy Will Come; songs I will always remember and hold special in my heart. Rest on Albertine your works will never be forgotten.
Betty Nutt
October 16, 2010