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The Fayetteville Press August/September 2018  Edition                                                                       Page 3

                                          The Life of Isaiah (Ike) Walker, Sr.

           Isaiah (Ike) Walker, Sr., son of the late Mary Sue (Pickett)                                                    of all he encountered. Although his days in the classroom, foot-
      and Zack Walker, was born March 2, 1931 in Fayetteville, North                                                       ball  field  and  basketball  court  had  ended,  he  never  stopped
      Carolina. He was the youngest of twelve children, nine of whom                                                       teaching. He never stopped encouraging. He never stopped in-
      preceded him in death. He entered into eternal peace on Mon-                                                         spiring.
      day, July 30, 2018.                                                                                                       He was a member of several civic organizations and com-
           He  was  a  member  of  the  graduating  class  of  1950  from                                                  munity service projects. His work as a coach was honored when
      E.E.  Smith  Senior  High  School.  Upon  graduating  from  high                                                     he was inducted into the Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame
      school, he attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical                                                        in 2010.
      State University in Greensboro, NC. It was there he became a                                                              His family was so very important to him, and he loved
      member  of  the Alpha  Nu  Chapter  of  Kappa Alpha  Psi. After                                                      each of them immensely. He leaves to cherish his memory, his
      obtaining his degree from NC A&T State University, Isaiah en-                                                        wife of 55 years, Mary Gerald Walker, children, Isaiah Walker,
      tered the Army in January of 1956 and completed a two-year                                                           Jr. (Gretchen) of Fayetteville, NC, Cassandra Michelle Walker
      stint, leaving in March of 1958. He began his career as an edu-                                                      of Fayetteville, NC, Alton Gerald
      cator  and  coach  in Acme,  NC,  at Armour  High  School.  Upon                                                          Walker (Tameka) of Charlotte, NC, and Mary Elizabeth
      leaving Acme, NC, he returned to the Fayetteville City School                                                        Walker of Atlanta, GA, two grandchildren, Jameel Alden Walker
      System and his beloved E.E. Smith Golden Bull family in 1960                                                         of Fayetteville, NC, and Lauren Taylor Walker of Charlotte,
      as a history teacher and coach. He remained at E.E. Smith until                                                      NC;  one  great-grandchild,  Emmy  Elizabeth  Walker  of
      his retirement in 1989.                                                                                              Fayetteville,  NC;  sister,  Roberta  Walker,  and  brother,  Zack
           Isaiah  was  a  member  of  Second  Baptist  Church.  It  was                                                   Walker, both of Fayetteville, NC. He is loved by many nieces
      here where his belief system and moral compass was born. This                                                        and nephews who thought of him, not only as an uncle, but also
      would serve as the cornerstone to his philosophy, “reach one,                                                        as  a  father  figure. A  host  of  cousins  are  left  to  cherish  his
      teach one.”                                                                                                          memory, as well.
           As an educator and coach, Isaiah not only developed minds                                                            Special thanks to the 3HC (Hospice Care) staff that pro-
      and athletic prowess on the field and court; he lived the very                                                       vided  genuine  care  and  support  for  Isaiah  and  his  family
      tenets he put forth to his students and players. Adversity was a                                                     throughout this journey.
      teacher,  integrity  was  a  mandate,  commitment  was  expected,
      respect was demanded, confidence was emulated, and love was                                                                              Services Entrusted To”
      the binding element that all of his students and athletes felt when                                                                        Wiseman Mortuary
      in his presence. Each and every young person was made to feel                                                                 431 Cumberland Street * Fayetteville, NC 28301
      unique and special, proud and confident, worthy and important.                                                              
      Because of this, he is so revered by a litany of former students      Isaiah (Ike) Walker                                        “The Hallmark of Quality & Service”
      and athletes. In retirement, Isaiah continued to influence the lives

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