A Time to be Born: Mrs. Annie Doris Mathis Walker was born on December 7, 1942, in Baker County, GA, to the late Mollie Hammond Mathis Taylor and the late Deacon Tommie King Mathis. She lived with and was nurtured by her late grandmother, Mrs. Mable Bowen, and spoke highly of the influence she had over her life throughout the many years.
A Time to Plant: At an early age, she gave her life to Christ and joined the 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Albany, GA. She will be remembered as a kind and loving soul who believed in doing anything and everything she could to help improve the lives of others. She was extremely kindhearted and took a special interest in the care and nurturing of children.
A Time to Love: She was united in holy matrimony in 1959 to the late Mr. Willie James Walker, Sr. in Albany. To this union, four lovely children were born. She cared for many children throughout her lifetime.
A Time to Build: During her work tenure, she was employed by the Dougherty County School System where she worked as the Assistant Cafeteria Manager at the Turner Elementary School. She loved this job and took special pride and concern in providing healthy and nutritious meals for the children and employees she worked with.
A Time to Laugh: Her family – especially her children and grandchildren – were a source of tremendous joy and pleasure for her and she was always surrounded by relatives and friends. She took special pride in her home and yard and loved growing beautiful flowers and plants. Her many hobbies and skills included caring for her family, fishing, and reading. She was excellent in the kitchen and loved to cook and bake for her family and for others. Later in life, she acquired joy in working on puzzles.
A Time of Peace: She was blessed in her life to have many loving and caring relatives both living and deceased. The final call from God to come home was received by her on Monday, January 2, 2023, at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville, NC. She was preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Angela Renee Walker King (LuLu); a grandchild, Davonn Thompkins; three brothers and a sister, Johnny Mathis, Joe Mathis, Clarence Taylor, and Willa Stubbs (Freddie). The legacy of her season is left to three loving children: Willie James Walker, Jr. (Davida) of Locust Grove, GA, Leronis Walker of Albany, GA, and Teresa Walker Henry of Statesville, NC. She leaves a brother, Jessie Lee Mathis of Albany, and three sisters, Gladys Johnson of Camilla, GA, Carolyn Dixon Stephens of Albany, GA, and Mattie Taylor Aris of Warner Robins, GA. She also leaves a host of grandchildren: Vontressa Woods (Carlo), Kiwanis Mosley (Joseph Paul), Shakymbria Ramirez (Michael), Melvin Ellis, Tacori Walker, D’Amber Walker, Douglas Henry, and Simone Thompkins.