ROANOKE RAPIDS — Christine Ferguson Walker of Roanoke Rapids died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, three days before her 93rd birthday.
Due to the death of her mother, Evelyn Ferguson, in 1931, Christine was raised by her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin T. Ferguson, in a large, but close-knit farm family with many aunts, uncles and cousins. She is the widow of Aubrey O. Walker Sr., who died in 2007.
Mrs. Walker is survived by her two sons and their families, Aubrey O. Walker Jr. and his wife, Lisa Walker of Matthews, their daughter, Alyssa Nicole Walker of Orem, Utah; and Edward Garrett Walker and his wife, Jane T. Walker of Greensboro, and their two children, Charles Aubrey Walker and his fiancee, Karrah Durham, and Elizabeth Walker Illig and her husband, Zach Illig, all of Greensboro. Numerous first cousins from the large and extended Ferguson family also survive
her including, Judith Batton Huestess (Carlton), Drusella Barlowe, Michael D. Ferguson (Susan),
Linda Ferguson Hardison, Evelyn Ferguson May (Bland) and Alfred Ferguson
Jr. (Lynn). Also surviving Mrs. Walker are her sister-in-law, Evelyn Walker and
her two sons, Bobby Walker (Nancy) and James (“Lucky”)
and their respective families.
Mrs. Walker attended William R. Davie High School where she excelled academically and on the school’s basketball team. On June 12, 1948, she married her high
school sweetheart, Aubrey O. Walker Sr. The two were happily married for 59 years. The couple initially
lived in Roanoke
Rapids but moved in 1954 to a house they built not far from the family farm on which Christine had been raised. The house was literally built by Christine and Aubrey with their own labor and with the help of Aubrey’s brother, Joseph Walker. Christine loved the home and she resided there for 67 years, declining numerous offers to relocate closer to her two sons.
In addition to being
a wife and mother
taking care of her home and family, Christine also worked outside of the home from 1954 until her retirement at age 65. She was employed for her
entire career in the textile mills in Roanoke Rapids, starting work
in the weave room at
the JP Stevens Roanoke No. 2 plant. Realizing that education was critical to success, Christine, while maintaining her home and working in the weave room, attended Hardbarger Business College in night classes in the early 1960s, earning a certificate
that allowed her to
leave the weave room and become a secretary. Through hard work
and determination, Christine progressed from a secretarial position to become a planner, who scheduled the work of the weave room in the JP Stevens Rosemary plant. The
job required analytical and mathematical
skills, a good memory and attention to detail and she was well qualified for it. She concluded her career
by being the manager
of the employee store the Bibb Company operated after it purchased the mills in Roanoke Rapids.
Mrs. Walker was
an active and dedicated member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, joining the church in 1959.
She served as a Sunday School teacher for
many years and was active in various
church groups and fundraising activities. She supported her husband in his role
as a deacon of the church. Through
her church related activities, she touched the lives of many
people in the community. Mrs. Walker’s sons also attended William R. Davie High School as she had done and during their time
there, she was an
avid supporter of the school and its various sports, never missing a game or school event.
the anchor for her family. She kept the family focused on the values necessary to achieve and sustain a rewarding life. She
was a loving and devoted wife who supported and encouraged her husband, Aubrey, in his career and life. She was a strong, caring and gentle mother, who guided and strengthened her two sons and their respective families
in many ways, large
and small. Her commitment to education, coupled
with her unfaltering faith in a loving God
and her strong work ethic, grounded her family and created the expectation that all family members would follow her example.
She was a good Christian lady who
lived a long rewarding life. She will be missed by her family, her church and her
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at Hockaday Funeral Home, 507 Highway 158 in
Roanoke Rapids. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m.
until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Charity.