Homegoing service Friday for Theresa Walker
Ken Watts | 10/22/2013, 5:22 p.m.
The home-going service for long-time South DeKalb resident Theresa Walker takee place Oct. 25 at St. Philip A.M.E. Church in Atlanta.
Mrs. Walker, a retired business woman and community activist, died Oct. 18 at her Stone Mountain home after a long battle with cancer.
She was 68.
For many years, she co-owned Paragon Productions with her late husband, DeKalb Commissioner Lou Walker, who preceded her in death in 2004.
She worked with DeKalb County to establish the Lou Walker Senior Center on Panola Road, named in his honor.
Mrs. Walker was also an organized the DeKalb Senior of the Year Awards banquet, an annual fundraiser for the Lou Walker Center. She organized her last one on May 18.
She was also active in the Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce, which was co-founded by her husband and was its executive director for many years. It promoted minority enterprise and opportunity.
DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May and US Representative Hank Johnson were among political leaders honoring Mrs. Walker and her legacy.
"DeKalb is a better place thanks to her,” May said.
Johnson said that she was her husband's greatest supporter and continued his legacy.
"I know Lou was very proud of her and now she joins him once again," Johnson said. "We all owe Theresa Walker a debt of gratitude for making our community a better place.”
Her home-going service takes place at 2 p.m. Rev. Bernice Madden of St. Philip A.M.E. will deliver the eulogy.
The church is a 240 Candler Road, at the intersection of Memorial Drive.
Grisshom-Clark Funeral Home in Atlanta is handing arrangements.