Walton, Claude Harris (Mrs. R.S.)



February 15, 1887-November 11, 1961
Mrs. Claude Harris Walton died in the Southern Baptist Hospital on November 11, 1961. She was the widow of the late Superintendent Minister, Rev. R. S. Walton.
Mrs. Walton was born February 15, 1887 on a farm in Union County, Kentucky which is now Camp Breckinridge. After graduating from the high school of Corydon, Ky., she taught school briefly and then was married to R. S. Walton, a teacher in this school. With him she moved to teaching assignments in the Walton Institute of Guthrie, Ky. and Centenary College, then at Jackson, La. Mrs. Walton provided considerable amount of the encouragement which led her husband to enter the ministry. His first charge was at Hammond, La. in 1909, after which he continued in the Louisiana Methodist Conference until his retirement in 1935. During this time Mrs. Walton was a dedicated and faithful co-worker in the ministry, taking an active part in the music and devotional phases of the several charges which he served. These included churches at Dentwood, Bunkie, Winnfield, Shreveport, Rayne, Baton Rouge, Logansport, Jackson, Sulphur and Vinton.
I was in the home of Brother and Mrs. Walton many times and found them both dedicated persons. Always the work of their Lord came first. She served side by side with her husband\, never complaining, always willing to give of her best. Funeral services were held in Hammond.
Mrs. Walton is survived by two sons and six grandchildren. Her sister, Mrs. John D. Saint of New Orleans, was a companion during her declining years. Other sisters live in Evansville, Indiana, and Marion, Kentucky. She was buried in a family plot in Magnolia Cemetery, Baton Rouge.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1962; p. 258       By E. R. Thomas

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