Donald A WalkerMay 20, 1929 ~ August 24, 2019 (age 90)
On May 20, 1929, in Washington, DC, James A. Walker and Matilda Proctor Walker welcomed Donald Alfred Walker, third in line to Rose Marie Walker Toussaint and James Arthur Walker. His younger brother from his father’s second marriage, Anthony Boyd Walker, currently resides in Washington, DC.
“Captain Walker” as he was affectionately called when he joined the church, devoted his life to serving his church in many capacities. Under the advisement to Pine Forge Academy, Pine Forge, Pennsylvania by the General Conference President, Neal Wilson, he was appointed the position of Dean of Men- Business Manager for the school. In 1968, he joined the Allegheny East Conference, Boyertown, Pennsylvania and accepted the position of Auditor and Assistant Treasurer. From 1969-1972, he served as an Assistant Auditor for the Columbia Union Conference, Takoma Park, Maryland. The years of 1972-1980, he served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the South Central Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. It was during this time, in 1973, where he was ordained to the gospel ministry by Elder Charles Dudley. In 1980, he accepted the call to become the first Secretary-Treasurer of the newly organized Southeastern Conference headquartered in Mt. Dora, Florida.
After 36 years of faithful service, on October 1, 1997, Elder Walker retired from the Southeastern Conference. Though he retired from the conference, this definitely did not mean the end of his service to his God. During his retirement years, he actively continued to serve his community and his church serving as chaplain of Florida Hospital and two other senior citizen’s facilities; every Tuesday, for two years, he led in midday prayer service for the seniors and consistently enjoyed visiting and praying with the residents. Elder Walker was well-know at the Orlando Department of Motor Vehicles located in his neighborhood. Staff would look forward to his arrival at 7a.m. as he would announce to all in his strong, loud but extremely kind voice “God Loves You!” – then proceed to pass out literature, talking and praying with those delayed by long lines. He also assisted and supported Martha with her many responsibilities as President of the Rock Lake Homeowners Association.
At his home church, Mt. Sinai SDA in Orlando, he served in many areas: Elder, Sabbath School Teacher; member of the Mt. Sinai Men’s Chorale; member of the Emergency Care Team – providing advice and comfort for those in crises, and a member of the Senior Visitation Group – supporting their peers who were sick and shut in. It was common to see Elder Walker frequently visiting students and teachers at Mt. Sinai Junior Academy, praying with them, encouraging them and even participating in Music Class and recess with them. (Interesting fact - He began and ended his walk with God on this earth at a church named Mt. Sinai SDA Church.)
On Sabbath morning, August 24, 2019 at 6:17 a.m., Elder-Captain Donald Alfred Walker, at the age of 90, took his last breath. His life of faithfulness to God and his love, freely given to anyone he laid eyes on, truly demonstrated his identity - “Officer and a Gentlemen”. He will be truly missed. Knowing him, we all know he could say without a doubt, like the apostle Paul,
“I have fought a good fight; I have finished the course; I have kept the faith. Henceforth, is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me at that day.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
Preceded in death by his parents, James and Matilda Walker, his siblings, Rose Marie Toussaint and James Arthur Walker, he leaves to mourn his loss, his wife of 36 years, Martha Ann Lewis Walker; his brother, Anthony Walker; his children - Ellyne Williams, Donna (Eddie) Polite, his step-son, Darrell Lewis, his step-daughter, Tanya Lewis Wiggins; his grandchildren – Michael Polite (Lhorraine), Kymberly Polite Mayes (Charlie), Dwayne Williams II (Rachelle), Taylor Marie Polite, Laurin Wiggins, Mariah Sykes (Khalon) and Malkia Williams; five great-grandsons, one great-granddaughter; host of cousins, nieces, nephews and others who knew and loved him so very much.