Name of Deceased: Ms. Janie Bell Walker Age: 88
Address: 755 Whitman Street
Date of Death: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Circumstances: died at Uni Health Acute Care Nursing Home, Orangeburg, SC
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Cordova, SC
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2011
Burial Location: Belleville Memory Gardens, Orangeburg, SC
Officiating Minister: Rev. Herman L. Prince
Ms. Janie Bell Walker, daughter of the late Deacon Bennie Walker, Sr. and Mrs. Elizabeth Williams Walker, was born in Orangeburg County on August 5, 1922. She was the seventh child of thirteen siblings.
She was educated in the Orangeburg public school system, attended Edisto Rosenwald School and Wilkinson High School.
At the age of nineteen and after the birth of her daughter, Frances, Janie moved to Springfield Gardens, New York to live with her uncle and aunt and to be near her two sisters, Elouise and Adelle. Janie was employed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Annex in Maspeth, Long Island. After World War II, she worked for Swivelier Lamp, Inc., Bush Terminal in Brooklyn, New York.
In 1962, Janie returned home to take care of her aging parents, Bennie Sr. and Elizabeth Walker. Her love, care and devotion to her parents were immeasurable. Janie maintained the family home with opened welcome arms for nieces who attended South Carolina State University, and other nieces who relocated to Orangeburg from New York. She also extended her love and home to a family friend who was attending college. She earned her distinction as the South Carolina Walker family matriarch.
During this period of time, she decided to further her education with certification as a Nurse Assistant at Orangeburg- Calhoun Technical College. After the death of her parents, she was employed at Jolly Acres Nursing Home for seventeen years until her retirement.
Janie was loving and nurturing. Her choice of nursing as a profession exemplified her best qualities- taking care of others and unselfishly placing their needs before her own. Unconditional love, discipline, patience, devotion and loyalty were always demonstrated in her relationships with family and friends.
Janie’s spiritual journey began as a young youth, under the watchful eyes of her parents at her family church- Pine Grove. She was active in all youth church activities. In Jamaica, Long Island, New York, she joined Bethany Baptist Church. When she returned home, she renewed her membership with Pine Grove Baptist Church. She was an active and faithful member for over forty years- serving on the Usher Board, Senior Choir and many other organizations. To God be the Glory for the life of this faithful servant.
She leaves to cherish loving memories: her loving daughter, Frances Walker- Switzer of Lithonia, Georgia; two granddaughters, Avis Switzer (Kevin) Delane of Powder Springs, Georgia and Audra Switzer (Mark) Spratley of Lithia Springs, Georgia; two great-grandchildren, Jordan Burgess of Lithia Springs and Bria Delane of Powder Springs; a brother, Deacon Bennie Walker, Sr. of Cordova, South Carolina; a sister, Adelle Walker of Brooklyn, New York; aunts, Janie Williams and Rhodia Hall of Ocala, Florida; an uncle, Pelham (Mary) Williams, Sr. of Atlanta, Georgia; a special friend, Theodore Sims of Detroit, Michigan; and many devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
The dominant color for Janie B. Walker’s Celebration of Life Service is pink. Pink is Janie’s favorite color and its meaning is: “I will remember you forever”. Janie’s immediate and extended family resounds that sentiment: We will never, ever forget you. Thank you God for the life and love of Janie Bell Walker.
Born: August 5, 1922
Place of Birth: Orangeburg, SC
Death: March 27, 2011
Place of Death: Orangeburg, SC USA
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