WINIFRED B. “SUNNY” WALKER
SEPTEMBER 6, 1917 – JUNE 6, 2006
Sunny Walker, 88, of Mart, Texas died at her home Sunday, June 4, 2006. Services were held Friday, June 9, 2006 at the First United Church in Mart with Dr. Summerlin officiating. She was buried next to her husband at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Metairie, Louisiana.
Sunny’s given name was Winifred. Her father began calling her Sunny at the age of six weeks. Because of her “sunny” personality she was known by that name her entire life.
Sunny was born September 6, 1917 in Kingston, Missouri, to Robert and Audie Bethel, a pioneer family. She was the fifth child born of their eight children. Sister Fern and brothers Richard, Jack and Bob all preceded her in death.
Sunny graduated from Kingston High School and was attending Colorado School of Mines in Greeley, Colorado when she met a graduate student named Charles Summerfield Walker. They were married August 1, 1936, at the home of Charles’ parents in New Mexico. His father, the Rev. Charles Walker, performed the wedding ceremony.
Charles and Sunny soon moved to Dallas where Charles attended Perkins School of Theology at SMU. So began her life as a preacher’s wife. Her support and devotion to him made it possible for him to give time to the church and his studies.
They served churches in Clovis, Portales, Truth or Consequences, Silver City, Kermit, Marfa, Marathon and Fort Davis in the New Mexico Conference.
Charles and Sunny transferred to the Louisiana Conference, pastoring Gretna, St. Paul’s, and Jefferson in the New Orleans area and Oak Grove in North Louisiana. They loved the New Orleans area and all it offered and had planned to retire there before Charles died suddenly in 1973. Sunny continued to live in Metairie and was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. She was active in all facets of that church life. In 1997 she moved to Mart, Texas where her daughter and family had moved.
She is survived by her daughters, Ann Bryant and husband Richard of Mart, Texas, Patricia Parker of Denver, Colorado, Celia Sue Newton and husband Mac of Bothel, Washington; her sons Charles R. Walker and wife Linda of Cool, California, and Richard E. Walker of Jackson, Mississippi; sisters Belle Cleveland and Dorothy Hawkey, nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Sunny never met a stranger and was always ready to lend a helping hand. Her friends in Texas and New Orleans remember her as a wonderful and talented seamstress. She loved the church and was a long and faithful servant of the Lord. She lived her life knowing she would be with Him in her heavenly home. Sunny will be celebrated in the memories of her family and all of her church family.
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2007; p. 265.
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