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Virgie Carpenter Walker passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 27, 2022 at the age of 91. Virgie was born and raised at her parent’s house in Millry. Following graduation from Washington County High School, she relocated to Jackson, where she went to work as a switchboard operator for the telephone company. She soon met and married the love of her life, Louis “Junior” Walker. Virgie and Junior were married for 66 years. The early years of their marriage were spent moving from south Florida to west Texas, following Junior’s work in the oil fields. Virgie would make her husband homemade biscuits for breakfast before work and packed his lunch each day. Every afternoon, she would make a fresh pot of coffee and watch for her husband to pull into the driveway, where she greeted him with a cup of coffee and the newspaper. They moved to Leroy and raised six beautiful children. While her children attended Leroy High School, she was member of the PTO and Band Boosters.
Virgie sewed wedding dresses for her girls, cheerleader uniforms, school costumes, and even swimsuits. Virgie was a member of First Baptist Church of Leroy, where she was active in Sunday School, VBS, WMU and VIP’s. Virgie was faithful to take her children to church every Sunday where they each developed a relationship with Christ. When asked about her favorite Bible verse, she responded that she loved them all.
Virgie enjoyed gardening and canning all types of fruits and vegetables. She also enjoyed planting flowers, cooking, sewing and reading books. One of her favorite authors was Billy Graham. She served on the Leroy Beautification Committee because of the love she had for her community. Following her parent’s example, she welcomed everyone into her home, where they were offered a seat at her table. She was very giving and was like a mother and grandmother to many children in the community. Virgie will be missed by all.
Virgie is survived by her daughters, Shirley (Jimmy) Dowling, Norma (Mark) Blount, Rita Mathews, Nina (Bob) Graham and Lisa (Wayne) Harrison; son, Bo (Morgen) Walker; grandchildren, Russ (Jennifer) Dowling, Lindsey Dowling, Stephanie (Mark) Bria, Andrew (Kellie) Blount, Jacob (Perry) Harrison, Ryne (Elisabeth) Harrison, Matt (Sarrah) Williams, Aislinn Lane, Gauge Lane, Collin Walker and Trey (Nina) Graham; great-grandchildren, Carson Dowling, Abbigail Dowling, Holt Blount, Hensley Blount, Lauren Williams, Chase Harrison, Chloe Harrison, Sawyer Graham, Russ Graham, Morgan Bria, Dylan Bria and Will Warrick; and sisters, Harlean Hoffman Nutt and Carol Robinson Atchison.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Louis Archie Walker Jr.; her father and mother, Collie Mac Carpenter and Bessie Lee Carpenter; sisters, Nell Goldman, Vear Jones and Ester Blount; brothers, Herman Carpenter, Herschel Carpenter, Charles Carpenter and Cecil Carpenter.
Visitation was from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, March 2, at First Baptist Church of Leroy. Interment followed at the First Baptist Church of Leroy New Cemetery. Officiating were Bro. Ben Posey and Bro. David Delegal, with St. Stephens Funeral Home directing.
Pallbearers were Russ Dowling, Andrew Blount, Jacob Harrison, Ryne Harrison, Will Warrick, Collin Walker, Gauge Lane and Lamar Carpenter.