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Sister Jimmie Mae Walker

Memorial for Sister Jimmie Mae Walker

Born in Bastrop, Texas on Apr. 18, 1916
Departed on Apr. 23, 2010 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Thursday, Apr. 29, 2010
09:00 am - 7:00 pm
Service: Friday, Apr. 30, 2010
1:00 pm
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Sister Jimmie Mae Walker (affectionately known as Mother, Grandmother, Grandma Grandma) was born to James Wheeler and Mary Ervin in Bastrop Texas on April 18, 1916. Sister Walker was educated in the Garfield Public Schools. She met and married the love of her life the late William J.B. Walker and to this union one very devoted daughter was born, Doris Walker Shaw.

Sister Walker was baptized at an early age. She joined the St. Edwards Baptist Church under the late Rev. E.M. Franklin; and later united with the Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. H.A. Sneed where she served faithfully under Reverend Raphael C. Smith and the current Pastor Richard E. Carter until her transition from this life to her eternal life on Friday, April 23rd at the age of 94.

Sister Walker has been on the battlefield for God and the community all her adult life. She served faithfully with her late husband Deacon J. B. Walker and as an active member of Mt. Olive for over 67 years. From her early beginnings at The Olive Branch Sister Walker set an example of worship, praise and service to the Lord.

Sister Walker has always been a beacon of light that shined to the Glory of God. She was a very hard worker for the Lord and looked forward to attending the annual St. John District Association where she was an active member and held the office of Missionary for more than 60 years. She held numerous offices as a member of The Olive Branch: President of Mission I for over 25 years and upon her retirement she was named President Emeritus; Youth Sunday School teacher and superintendent; Past President of Missionary Society and Mission II; Deaconess for 57 years; a faithful member of the choir for over 50 years and attending member of the Baptist Training Union. She also served as an officer and member of Church Women United in Austin for over 40 years. As Past President of the Mission I she delighted in planning many of the Annual Mission programs that featured the well known Bells of Joy as special guest for several years.

Sister Walker has ministered and blessed many young children's lives over the years while serving as Youth Sunday School Superintendent. Molding and training young lives through Christian teachings she was one who allowed youth to learn and lead. Those lives she blessed through her ministry of teaching will forever bear much fruit for the Glory of God. Sister Walker was truly a servant for the Lord Thank God for her life.

She was a professional housekeeper and child attendant for many years. She later retired and used her skills to provide these services to assist family, friends and her church family in their time of need. Sister Walker's labor was not in vain. She received numerous awards for her lifelong service to her ministry from the Mount Olive Music Ministry. She received certificates and awards from the Vacation Bible School, Mission I, Distinguished Service Award from the State Congress of Christian Workers of the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas, 50 Years of Service Award from the Mount Olive Music Ministry and the Jack Fields Music Award. She received an award from Governor Ann Richards congratulating her for 20 years of service as President of Mission I of Mount Olive Baptist Church in 1994.

Mrs. Walker 's beacon light also shown in her neighborhood. She was very active in her neighborhood association, the Oak Lawn Neighborhood Club. She loved attending the neighborhood meetings and especially the city council meetings on behalf of neighborhood issues and concerns.

She was one of eight siblings of whom six along with her parents preceded her in death: Arluther Wheeler, Lee Arthur Wheeler, Johnny Wheeler, Elizabeth Moore, Leora Pease and Cherry Carrington.

To celebrate her life's legacy she leaves: One loving daughter, Doris Louise Shaw (Pflugerville); two grandchildren Deborah Shaw-Boatner (Austin) and Samuel Anthony Shaw II (Jennifer) of Dallas; four great grand children James Lamar Tinsley (Austin) and Samuel Anthony Shaw III (Houston), Jenee Stephens (Dallas), Clyde Stephens (Searcy, Arkansas); three great-great-grandchildren Jared Tinsley (Austin), Jarmaine Tinsley (San Antonio), Jasmine Love (Austin); one loving sister Willie Mae Earls (Austin); numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. She also will be missed by her close circle of friends and the Mount Olive Church Family.

We will all miss her warm embrace and conversations about working for the Lord. She always reminded us that "We are not our own we are bought with a price". During her illness her faith never waivered. Many that visited her during her illness came away with a prayer from her and encouragement. Her life was an inspiration to all that came to know her. Grandmother, 'Aunt Tid', Aunt Jimmie, and most affectionately Mother, was known and loved for her nurturing spirit and knack for cooking and trying to feed everyone that came through her door. No one left her home without a prayer, scripture and or a song. WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT WELL DONE!

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