WALKER ~ On a blessed day, October 30, 1933, a child was born to the union of the late Lewis and Gladys Walker whom they named Thaduis Lewis Walker. He attended the public schools of Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida. Thaduis proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1950 to 1953 and received an honorable discharge.
He met and married LaFrancis Moore and to this union God blessed them with a daughter and they named her Sharon Francina Walker. Thaduis was a member of New Dimensions where he worked faithful with his Pastor and served on several boards within the church.
He pursued his education by attending Bethune Cookman College and Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University where he earned a bachelors degree in education. He was an educator, teaching in Duval County, New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach. Thaduis served as chairman of the mathematics department at Eugene Butler Middle School; he enjoyed teaching mathematics and science. He was the first African American to become a junior scientist at Elgin Air Force Base, the first African American to become an engineer at Southern Bell and the first African American to create the entry examination for city hall (Jacksonville, Florida). Thaduis later worked with the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families; after retirement, he became a successful entrepreneur.
Thaduis was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Benny Walker; sister, Mary Byrd Stevens. The footprints of his life will be cherished and remembered by those he left behind – a loving, caring and devoted daughter, Sharon Francina Walker Wells (Rodney); sisters, Juanita B. Wilson, Eva Marie Sampson (Andrew); grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, Kia & Dorcas; great-grandchildren, Azhara, Shania; aunt, Vivian Emmons Brown; a special faithful and caring niece, Elizabeth Jordan (Shawn); a host of nephews, nieces and friends.
Celebration of Life for Thaduis Lewis Walker will be 11:00 AM Friday, October 26, 2018 at New Dimensions Church Of God by Faith, 3142 E. Edgewood Avenue West, Elder Charles L. McGriff, Pastor. Family will receive friends THURSDAY at the church from 5-7 PM. Interment at Jacksonville National Cemetery. Because of the love of his family, arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, 5065 Soutel Dr, 904.924.9400.