Obituary for Dr. Claude Walker

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Dr. Claude Walker

January 13, 1934 - July 27, 2018

Rev. Dr. Claude Walker, a native of Henry County Virginia was one of eight children born to Charles and Mary Walker on January 13, 1934. He received his early education in the Henry County, Virginia and Roanoke, Virginia.
At an n early age God had a divine plan for Dr. Claude Walker’s life. This led to his journey with Christ, where he was committed to study God’s word. With steps ordered by God, he attended Jarvis Christian College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion in 1956.
In 1955, he was ordained as a minister at Jarvis Christian College. He later received a Masters and Doctorate Degree from Lexington Theological Seminary and Brite Divinity School at TCU respectively. He was the first African American to receive a Master’s Degree from Lexington Theological Seminary and also the first African American to receive a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Brite Divinity at TCU.
In 1959, Dr. Walker began his professional career as Program Director for Mt. Beulah Community Center in Edwards, Mississippi, and a Community Outreach Program for the Edwards Area. He also served as Area minister for Black Disciples Churches in Mississippi. He service as Senior Pastor of Disciples of Christ Congregation in Nashville, Tennessee; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas, Texas, and Longview, Texas. He also served as Executive Director of Goldsboro Christian Institute, a Program of Clergy/Lay Training in North Carolina; and Right Alternatives for People a Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Program in Dallas, Texas. He has served 60 years as an Ordained Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Dr. Walker has served on various Committees and Boards in Regions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where he resided including the Southwest Region Committee on Ministry. He has been a member of the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and its General Assembly Planning Committee, Trustee of the Disciples Historical Society, Lexington Theological Seminary and the National Convocation of the Christian Church, serving as its President from 1972-1974. He was actively involved in the merger of the National Christian Missionary Convention (DOC). He was the first Vice-President of the National Christian Missionary Convention (NCMC) when the merger was approved. He has been active in ecumenical and social/civic affairs on the local and regional levels, including serving as President of NAACP Chapter and Vice-President SCLC Chapter in Nashville, Tennessee. While in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Walker participated in the Sit-In Movement. He was arrested for the demonstration in a local cafeteria and was booked but no jail time!
In 1968, he began his twenty years of employment at Jarvis Christian College as College Minister, Instructor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. In 1978, after earning his Doctorate Degree, he returned to his former position with the title of Professor of Religion. He later served as Director of Development. He developed and secured funds to establish the Leadership Development School and the Emmitt J. Dickson Institute at Jarvis Christian College. The two programs provide alternative Education to a Seminary Degree for persons seeking License and / or Ordination through Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship and the Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Dr. Walker was a life member of the JCC/SCI National Alumni Association, the Presidents Club, the 2004 Pioneer Hall of Fame class and 2005 Heritage Award recipient. In July 2014, Dr. Walker was presented the E.W. Henry and R.H. Paige Memorial Awards during the 133rd Assembly of the Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest Region.
As interim pas, Dr. Walker provided nourishment to Disciples of Christ congregations in Texas, Ohio, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.
Dr. Walker’s loyal and faithful service to God, to the Christian Church, to his family and mankind had enabled him to stand boldly proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and being a drum major for justice. So he achieved many distinguished honors and positions. In addition to the numerous awards previously listed, Dr. Walker served eleven years as a trustee for Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, and was named honorary trustee on October 31, 2015. He also served on the Committee on Ministry for the North Texas Area of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ in the Southwest for several years.
Dr. Walker left us with a challenge to “move forward with our lamps trimmed and burning”. Dr. Walker was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Mary Walker; and his siblings, John Walker and Pauline Walker.
His legacy will continue because he leaves to cherish his memories a loving and devoted wife, Sherley Collier Walker, along with his six children Obie Jarmon (Fredia), Tennessee, Sharon Jarmon, Lake Charles, LA, Claudia Walker, Tyler, TX, Kecia Collier, Kim Collier Mach (Joseph), and Kurt Collier; two sisters, Shirley Bethel (Bill), Roanoke, VA, Bernice Dean (James, Richmond, VA, Three brothers; Charles Walker, Roanoke, VA, Dwight Walker, Virgin Island and Cornell Walker (Renee), Roanoke, VA; mother-n-law, Mildred Colbert, Dallas, TX, 15 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.


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Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

East Dallas Christian Church


629 N. Peak St., Dallas, TX,

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Born: January 13, 1934
Died: July 27, 2018

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Janiah Miles posted on 8/9/18

My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. Losing someone you love is truly difficult and I know Dr. Walker will be missed. Please know our Heavenly Father holds out promises that can help us with our sorrow. One such promise is that death soon will be done away with forever (Revelation 21:4) and another promise is that "there is going to be a resurrection." (Acts 24:15) I pray these promises from God, who cannot lie, (Titus 1:2) bring you comfort. For more comfort from the Bible visit www . jw . org.


C. Philip Chacko posted on 8/8/18

I have fond memories of Rev. Dr. Claude Walker. I shared few classes with him at Brite Divinity School. When I was called to serve as Northeast Area Minister Dr. Walker was the first one who invited me to preach at his church in Longview. I thank God for him and his many ministries with which he blessed so many people. I am keeping his beloved wife and family in my prayers. May God's presence and peace be with each one of you during this time of grief and sorrow. Thanks be to God that Claude is in the presence of his beloved Savior.


Alice Walker Travis Little posted on 8/7/18

To Sherley and family, Prayers for you as you carry on as believers relying on the Holy Spirit for your comfort. For Claude, I’m reminded of the spirital lyrics: “Some of these mornings, bright and fair, I thank God I’m free at last Going to meet King Jesus in the air I thank God I’m free at last”. Love, Alice (My Mom & Claude were 1st cousins)


Ruby Ervin posted on 8/5/18

Condolences to the Walker family. Reverend Dr. Claude Walker will be surely missed.He touched so many lives and had such a beautiful spirit. Sis. Walker may God continue to keep and Bless you and your family in the road ahead. Elder Alvin R. Ervin Deacon Ruby N. Ervin


Marlene Matthis Ketmmt0415 (apple) Teal posted on 8/3/18

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Harold Elias-Perciful posted on 8/3/18

Claude effected my life profoundly. His work with me at camp at Lake Brownwood introduced me to the Holy Spirit and empowered me to go forward to a life of ministry. Over the years we have seen each other, spoke to each other and reminisced. I will miss his presence but am happy that he resides with God now in fullness.


Winford Flakes posted on 8/3/18

Grace and Peace be with Sis Shirley Walker and all of the families of Dr. Walker. Rev. And Sis. Winford Flakes. We send our love!


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Patrice A Virgil posted on 8/3/18

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Vickie Warren posted on 8/2/18

My deepest love and condolences to the family of Reverend Walker. Dr. Walker was a gem and true man of God. He will be remembered for his outstanding quality as a man of God who shared his ministry and humor and his profound love of the Lord. Sis Walker, you are in my prayers and know that you are loved greatly. My prayer to God is to continue to keep you uplifted and steadfast as you go through the difficult days ahead. How GREAT is OUR GOD!!! Love you


AvisHerndon posted on 8/2/18

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AvisHerndon posted on 8/2/18

Prayers, Condolences to the family. All who knew Dr. Claude Walker loved him. He was a giant in the faith. May God grant him rest from "his labor".


Mark Denton posted on 8/2/18

Through the years, I had the honor of serving with Claude on many Regional boards and committees of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest. He taught me a lot. He was a devoted servant of Christ, and I thank God for his life and his witness. I feel confident (and rejoice!) that he has heard his Lord say, "Claude, well done, good and faithful servant."


Gene Brice posted on 8/2/18

Always enjoyed seeing Claude at Ministers Week occasions, as we compared notes on what had been going on since we last talked. He was not only a good and effective minister, he was fun to be around, and he will be missed


Mark Irons posted on 8/2/18

Claude reached out to me when I was still at Brite Divinity School. He became not only a mentor but a dear friend and colleague. I already miss his comforting manner and inspiring service to church and all people.


Dr. Arris D. Wheaton Sr. posted on 8/2/18

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Eldon Irving posted on 8/2/18

We want to add our condolences to the family. We will plan to be at the funeral. Eldon and Gloria Irving


Kenneth E. hall posted on 8/2/18

Sorry to learn of the passing of a colleague and devoted pastor. My sympathy to his family.