S: A Pictorial Overview on the Life of Reverend Lonnie Walker & Mrs. Lottie Gunter DeBerry Walker
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FC: “I am so proud of what Reverend Walker is doing to help people.” – Reverend Walker’s Aunt, Georgia McTier
1: A Pictorial Overview on the Life of Reverend Lonnie Walker & Mrs. Lottie Gunter DeBerry Walker
2: Reverend Lonnie Franklin Walker was born in Greensboro, NC on January 19, 1914. His father was Benjamin Walker from Caswell County North Carolina who was born in 1878. His mother was Catherine Simmons who was born in Alamance County in 1877. Reverend Walker had a very enjoyable life with his sisters, cousins and Mother. He was well known around the Greensboro area. He worked odd jobs and became a pressman at a local cleaner. | He was a gardener and handyman at home. Oftentimes, he would spend the winters and some summers working in the New England States with different families.
3: Early in the 1960’s, Reverend Walker was called into the Ministry. He started having service at home on Spencer Street. Later, he had services at Mt. Zion Elementary School. He was involved in Mt Zion Baptist Church and St James Baptist Church.
5: In 1971, he and Mrs. Walker started the ground work for the Solid Rock Baptist Church on McConnell Road in Greensboro. He is the founder of Solid Rock Baptist Church.
6: Mrs. Lottie Gunter DeBerry Walker was born in 1906 in the Moncure area of North Carolina.
7: Her name at age 3 was Lottie Cotton and she enumerated in the family of James and Susie Gunter. Her father was Mr. James Robert Gunter. Her mother was Mrs. Susie Horton Gunter. She was a very zealous and learned individual.
8: She took classes at the University of Utah, Fayetteville State Teachers College, North Carolina Central University, Shaw University and several other colleges. | She had that gentle smile of caring for others.
9: She taught school in Siler City, Chatham County, and the Pittsboro school systems. She was a very devoted teacher and gave assistance to many of her students to assure their success in life.
10: She married Teddy DeBerry in the late 1940’s, but he passed in the early 1950’s.
11: She remained very close to the DeBerry and Howerton families until her death in 1988.
12: She and Reverend Walker were married on July 21, 1958 in Greensboro, NC. Reverend Walker and Mrs. Walker had a very unique bond. It was unique in that they supported each other on all projects and ventures. He often talked to her about the visits he made to the New England states. Of course he supported her on all of the school projects. It is interesting in that she would leave for school on Monday mornings and return on Friday evenings. During that time she had cooked enough food to last during the week. He would check the car on her arrival and made sure that all maintenance for the car was taken care of.
14: "Mrs. Walker and I worked together for many years in the school systems in the cities of Pittsboro, Siler City and Chatham County. She was a dear friend and devoted educator. The kids loved her and she inspired so many. It was an honor for me to not only work with her in the school system, but for my family to be a part of the ministry that she and Reverend Walker started. I miss her dearly. – Mrs. Glover, Co-Worker and Friend
15: There was a garden in the back that supplied many of the vegetables that they would eat during the summer and winter months.
21: “Hey at first I did not want to get involved with the church. However, it has helped me so much in college.” – David Thomas, One of the first Deacons
22: He had a hobby of working on lamps and small items that would be given to those in need. The members of the Couch, Malone, Echol's, Glover, Hawkins, Bennett's and a host of other families assisted with projects at the church. | His Aunts Georgia and Addie McTier were instrumental in his early value development.
23: He had the special guitar that he would play often at home and in the church.
28: A key turning point for them was when they took out a second mortgage on their home to buy a building and property on McConnell Road.
29: This building would become the site for the establishment of Solid Rock Baptist Church. The mortgage was paid off and the church is now owned by the members. Many years later when Reverend Jarrell became Pastor at the church, many improvements were made to the church with the input from his family including (wife, Mother, Pat Faucette) and key Charter members again involving the Malone's, Couches, Echol's, and Glover's. Reverand Walker passed away in 1994. | “Reverend Walker was dedicated to further and advance the mission of the ministry. He really wanted to make sure that he saved as many souls as possible.” – Church Member
30: “Mrs. Lottie Walker was a dedicated educator who really cared about the students.” - Co-workers at school
31: “Aunt Lottie made sure that we all understood the meaning and purpose for doing well in school.” – Jerome Howerton, Nephew | “Aunt Lottie pushed us to eat the right food and read.” – Dollie Faye Howerton, Niece
32: “There is no way I would be in this life and successful without her influence on me. I owe her so much. In fact, I owe Reverend Walker and Aunt Lottie because they took me in as a college student and supported my career. They were there with me when I married. They loved the grandkids so much. They gave so much of themselves to help others. I know God has a special place for them in Heaven”. – Nephew, James M. Howerton, one of the first Deacons of the Church
33: “ I realized that every Christmas she would have gifts for us under the tree, no matter how bad things were.” – Niece, Frances Howerton
34: “Your Aunt Lottie was such a special person in our community of Siler City.” – Teresa Fox, Walker-Resident of Siler City and Greensboro, NC | “I am so proud to be a part of the ministry at Solid Rock Baptist Church.” – Reverend Robert Jarrell, Present Pastor at Solid Rock Baptist Church