Delores Louise WalkerBy FROM STAFF REPORTS,
Delores Louise Walker, Ph.D., of Inverness, died September 25, 2018 at her residence. Service of memory will be held Saturday, October 13 at 11 a.m. in the David Hays Chapel of Byas Funeral Home, 407 Front Street Extension, Indianola. Interment will be at Riverside Memorial Gardens. The Reverend Edward Thomas will be the officiating minister.
Delores Louise Walker was born December 11, 1958 in Inverness, to Mr. Lemuel and Mrs. Irma Walker. She accepted Christ at an early age and united with the Hales Chapel United Methodist Church. Delores attended Inverness Elementary, also known as Inverness University. There she sang in the school’s choir under the direction of Mrs. Earnestine Hull Howard. She continued her education at Gentry High School using that wonderful first soprano voice in the choir under the direction of Mrs. Joyce Strong. She graduated from Gentry High School in 1976. After matriculating to Mississippi Valley State University on a full choir scholarship, Delores sang with the University Concert Choir for the full four years under the maestro, Professor Henrietta Lowe. Delores continued her educational aspirations at Jackson State University earning both a master’s degree and a doctoral degree.
Dr. Walker began her professional career in the Jackson Public Schools and later as an adjunct professor at Jackson State University. Her love for teaching and helping children and young people became a priority for her.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She leaves to cherish her fond memories, Ms. Gwendolyn A. Walker, Mr. Gregory Walker, Mr. Donald (Mildred) Sias, Ms. Cathy Terrell, Ms. LaFreda Sias, and Ms. Tracy Sampson, all first cousins of Jackson.
Other extended family members and friends include Ms. Annie Earl Williams of Inverness, Mrs. Mildred L. Chance of Indianola, Ms. Kelly J. Jones and Ms. Helen Tuggle, both of Toledo, Ohio, Reverend Robert Hunter of Ruleville, Overseer Earlean H. Anderson of Indianola, Ms. Alison Bowling of Washington, D.C., Ms. Linda Lewis of Jackson, a host of other relatives and friends, and her beloved Gentry High School Class of 1976.