George Edward 'Ed' Walker

Jun 27, 2013

Dr. Walker, loved by many

CANTON/ATLANTA —  Ed was the oldest son of the late Evelyn Lenoir Walker and the late George Felix Walker. Born in Haywood County April 22, 1942, he transitioned this life to his eternal home April 7, 2013, at his residence in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ed attended Reynolds High School in Canton and some may remember he was a successful long distance runner.  He attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Canton at an early age. He continued his Christian fellowship at Bethlehem Baptist Church after moving to Atlanta.  Ed attended Berea College and North Carolina Central University, earning his bachelor of science degree in chemistry. He attended and graduated from Meharry Medical College where he earned his medical doctor degree. He began his practice of internal medicine in the U.S. Air Force, where he achieved the rank of major.

Ed met Patricia Caldwell on campus at Meharry Medical College and they were married Dec. 20, 1969.  In 1974, they settled in Atlanta, Georgia.  Ed became the first African-American doctor on staff at Crawford W. Long Hospital. He established and operated his own private practice until he retired in 2011.  Ed was adored and loved by all of his patients. They sincerely appreciated his caring demeanor and his incredible sense of humor.  It was Ed’s love of medicine that brought him out of retirement to practice again until shortly before his untimely transition.

Ed was well known for his comedian spirit, his love of cooking, especially on the grill, and his time playing with and assisting in raising his granddaughters.  Ed loved to play the piano and imitate Ray Charles, singing “What’d  I Say” and other well known Ray Charles tunes. Ed truly loved music.  Ed possessed a heart-warming personality and had the unique ability to make anyone feel at ease.

Ed is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patricia Walker; four sons, Gregory(ESQ), Michael(Nikki), Bradley(Nicole) and Jonathan Walker;  one daughter, Heather James (Daniel) ; five granddaughters, Syndi Walker, Olivia and Zoe James, Trinity Walker and Bailey Walker; three brothers, Garland (Sheila ) Walker of Kinston,  Ashley Walker (Dorothy) and James “Dana” Walker both of Canton; two sisters, Gwen Walker Cradle of Mills River and Octavia Caldwell (Dr. Ron Caldwell ) of Asheville; and a host of other friends and relatives.

A memorial service was held in Atlanta, Georgia Saturday, April 13, 2013, at St. Stephens Missionary Baptist Church in East Point, Georgia.

Ed’s life and legacy will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013, in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home at 1 North Main St. in Canton.

The Walker family requests that flowers be omitted and monetary contributions in Dr. Walker’s memory be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 24 Sanctuary Hill Dr., Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Walker family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com.

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