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”)

Walker (Cheryl)

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.

Christine was

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.

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