With heavy hearts, we announce that Mrs. Dallas Magdalene Stephens Walker entered into eternal rest on February 6, 2023 attended by her loving daughters. Mrs. Walker was a kind and caring individual who enjoyed life and laughter in the company of her family and friends.
Dallas Walker was predeceased by her parents Marion and Victoria Stephens; her husband of 35 years Floyd Walker; her children Roxanne Walker, Stephen Walker and his wife Susan Ipock, and Bonnell Walker; her son-in-law Ronnie Guyton; brothers Casper Stephens and wife Elgy, Raleigh Stephens, and Victor Stephens.
She is lovingly survived by two daughters Deborah Walker Guyton, Pam Walker Tatum and husband Ed; grandchildren Izma Guyton Brush and husband Greg, Walker Tatum, Winston Tatum, Charlotte Tatum Martin and husband Bridger; great grandchildren James Littrell, Jace and Emery Brush, Dawson and Tristyn and Trent Brush, and Stephen Martin; brother Isaac Stephens and wife Coleen; and a host of beloved nieces and nephews and their families.
In her large family, Dallas selflessly and generously filled the role of nurturer. She was Mama, Granny, Granny Dallas, Gran-nanny, and “Auint Dal” to generations of children. She snuggled the infants and played with the bigger children everything from jack rocks to paper dolls to softball in the front yard. Patching up the minor injuries came with the territory. Nieces and nephews were always welcome and many summer days and holidays found her busy home filled with a few extra people. Neighborhood kids soon caught on that there were fried chicken and garden vegetables at Mrs.Walker’s. Special treats were her homemade Christmas fruit cakes and delicious pecan pies.
Dallas and her husband Floyd Walker enjoyed their children and the simple pleasures of life. Trips to the beach, Sunday afternoon walks in the forest or down a trail, Friday night football games to watch Stephen play, and a backyard full of kids playing basketball, football, or planning a hunting trip were common. A late evening, low burn-off of the back property had the children minding the edges of the fire with brooms and shovels. Turtles in dishes on the back porch and glass jars of lightning bugs were the beginnings of a love of science for many children.
Dallas was an enthusiastic traveler. Family vacations and bus trips took her from the Biltmore House to Niagara Falls. She enjoyed collecting Swarovski crystal pieces, gnomes, coins, pocket knives, and everything Elvis, and a trip to the Rowe Theater with a car load of neighborhood girls was always in order when Elvis was in town. Love Me Tender and Jailhouse Rock just made life more fun.
Having grown up on a farm near Whiteville, Dallas knew the value of a strong work ethic. She used to mind her brother Victor at the end of the tobacco row while their mother did the hoeing. She reared her children to be productive and hard-working. She was very proud of her three daughters Bonnell, Pam, and Deborah who were all educators and her son Stephen who was an accomplished electrician.
At the primary school Granny volunteered helping children learn to read and accompanying them on any field trip. For years she was the Choir Mom at Trinity Methodist Church. Of course the loves of her life were her precious grandchildren and great grandchildren who came along to fill her heart. Boy Scout and Girl Scout events took her from Camp Bowers to the Juliette Gordon Low House in Savannah. Walking together through the fields and woods and overnight visits meant that little suitcases stayed packed at all time.
A Memorial Service for Mrs. Dallas Walker will be held at Trinity Methodist Church in Elizabethtown, NC on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 11:00 in the morning.
In place of flowers please make memorial gifts to the Trinity Methodist Church Choir, P. O. Box 759, Elizabethtown, NC 28337.