Today is also "Pearl Harbor Day" when the Japanese suddenly and without warning attacked our Navy Fleet in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. That was 75 years ago. I was was only 13 days away from being 9 years old. I remember that tragic day as if it were yesterday. I will be 84 years old on Thursday, December 15. Melvine will have a birthday the next day, December 16, but I am not telling her age this year.
The obituary for the Reverend Dr. Jerry B. Walker, one of our greatest Pentecostal Holiness evangelists in our history, is as follows:
Dr. Jerry B. Walker
The Reverend Dr. Jerry B. Walker, prominent Pentecostal/Charismatic evangelist, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 7, 2006, at his home in Sugar Land, Texas. Often a featured speaker at World Conventions and Revival Conferences and Crusades, he was the first Charismatic to be invited to conduct Miracle Services in St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral in Toronto, Canada. He was recognized by the press as a "20th Century Billy Sunday."
Reverend Walker was preceded in death by his parents, the Reverend Mr. Mont E. Walker and Ellen Shanks Walker, his sisters: Pauline Walker Gottschalk and Kathleen Walker Hufstedler, a brother: Mont "Buster" Walker, nieces: Linda Silverstone and Jan Hufstedler.
He is survived by his nieces: Cherry Ellen Walker Meadows of Sherman, Texas; Vicki Walker Lewis of Galveston, Texas; Cecilia Hufstedler Morgan of Dallas, Texas; Sara Hufstedler Davidson of College Station, Texas; and Mary Hufstedler Adams of Nacogdoches, Texas. Great Nieces and Nephews: Keath Lewis of New York City, New York; Rob Lewis of Austin, Texas; Katie Morgan of Dallas, Texas; John Mark Davidson of Hawley, Texas; Lisa Davidson of Abilene, Texas; Haley Adams of College Station, Texas; and Samuel Adams of Nacogdoches, Texas. Great Great Nephew: Kellan Davidson of Hawley, Texas.
Reverend Walker, a great American and a Patriot, served his Country as a member of the United States Air Force for eight years.
Jerry B. Walker was an ordained minister of the Texas Conference (now called Grace Bible Ministries Conference) for over 50 years. He was ordained by the late Rev. Dr. Robert L. Rex, an assistant General Superintendent of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Brother Walker's evangelistic work will continue on supporting Missions and Ministry students through the ministry. In lieu of flowers, the family and his Board of Directors respectfully request donations be sent to The Jerry B. Walker Evangelistic Association, PO Box 18769, Sugar Land, TX 77496-8769.
Reverend Walker will be greatly missed and is loved by countless thousands of people around the world whose hearts he touched and their lives were forever changed by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 12, 2006, at 10 a. m. at The Settegast-Kopf Co. Funeral Home (Williams Trace exit). Visitation occurred on Monday, December 11, 2006, from 6-8 p. m. Graveside services were held in Lubbock, Texas at Resthaven Memorial Park, at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2006.
The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Mark Bristow at the Settegast-Koft Funeral Home in Sugar Land, TX.
[Editor's Comment: Jerry B. Walker was a personal friend of mine and our family. Melvine and I have had him in our home, in our churches, and have been with him in camp meetings, in conventions and General Conferences of the IPHC.
Jerry B. called our home in Richmond, VA, Hugh and Melvine's Honeymoon Cottage. He referred to Melvine as "the Holy Mama."
When Stephanie was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in December 2001, he called and prayed with Stephanie and sent the most beautiful flowers to her hospital room I've ever seen. The cost of those flowers was extravagant, but Jerry B. was extravagant in his love for others and his giving.
Jerry B. believed in miracles, the Bible, and prayed for the sick. We saw people healed and delivered and set free in the Name of Jesus. He always gave God the glory and lifted up the Name of Jesus.
I called him often and talked with him. He never complained about his sicknesses or any pain he was having. He was always upbeat, positive, and confessed he was enjoying the blessings of God.
He was a man of prayer, and often fasted for days prior to, and during the crusades he conducted. He was an anointed servant of the Lord, a powerful preacher, an entertainer, and a man who could lead people to Jesus. The people who got saved and blessed in his revivals and crusades stuck with the church and tithed and gave generously in offerings. Congregations gave generously back to him in the love offerings because he had given so much to them. It was his love for people that captured their hearts and that turned them to God.
Mark Bristow, the executor of Jerry B. Walker's estate, took me to Lubbock, to his grave site. Jerry never would tell his age, and on the bronze plate on his granite tombstone it has these words:
The Reverend Dr. Jerry B. Walker
June 13, 19?? a Cross December 7, 2006
Lovingly known as:
Baby, Stinker, Uncle Jerry, The Rev.,
DOC, Uncle B., The Preacher's Friend,
He desired to be the friend of God,
His tireless work brought countless souls to Christ
1 Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord" (KJV).
It is my intent to keep Jerry B. Walker's name alive before my readers. Many of you have heard and met Jerry B. Walker and no doubt have many interesting stories to tell. I would like to read them, if you care to share them with me. Please take a few moments of your time to write me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a letter at:
Hugh H. Morgan
17 Sweet Apple Lane
Winder, GA 30680-3349
May God continue to bless the memory of Jerry B. Walker, a great man of God.]