Soror Carolyn Rose Trice Walker was born December 9, 1936, to the late Reverend Norman A. and Susie Speed Trice. She became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on March 1, 2021, at Colonial Heights Care Center in Colonial Heights, Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers, Marie, Alease, Nettie, James, Alonzo, and Walter.
Carolyn was educated in the Wake County School System and a graduate of Fuquay Consolidated High School. She was initiated into the Beta Rho Chapter in 1955 while attending Shaw University, where she received her BA degree in 1958. Later, she furthered her education at Winston Salem Teachers College, where she intermingled with some of the legendary greats, such as Earl “the Pearl” Monroe and Bighouse William Gaines, where she completed another degree in Elementary Education in 1961. She continued to further her studies at North Carolina Central University, where she received a Master’s Degree in Speech.
Her first posting was at Perry’s High School, 3rd grade class, Louisburg, North Carolina.
After marrying a military combat hero and relocating to Chesterfield County, Virginia, Carolyn began her professional career as a special education teacher in the public school system of Petersburg, Virginia, in 1971. She furthered her education at the University of Virginia and completed her Master’s Degree in Special Education at Virginia State University in 1983. She was appointed a Special Education Resource Coordinator in 1983. Not only was she an educator, but she was also active in many local and national organizations, including the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, and the Democratic National Committee. She believed she single handedly got Barack Obama elected in 2009, based on her tenacity and beliefs. Carolyn retired after 36 years of service in the public school system of Petersburg, Virginia. Upon retirement, she continued to serve as a staunch member of the Delta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Soror Walker dedicated her life to working with children with disabilities.
Her spiritual journey began at the First Baptist Church in FuquayVarina, North Carolina. Carolyn and her husband drove from Virginia to Fuquay to attend church for 26 years; she was a devoted and dependable member. Carolyn was ordained as a deaconess in 1974 at Bethany Baptist Church by her father, the late N.A Trice. She later joined Tabernacle Baptist Church; she served diligently on thedeaconess board. She was an avid reader, a lover of poetry/philosophy, and enjoyed Motown music.
Soror Walker leaves to cherish her memory: a devoted husband, Thomas L. Walker of the home; sons, Jeffrey (Sharon) and Kevin (Miea) Walker; four grandchildren, Aleah, Aaron, Ryan, and Ashley Walker; two great- grandchildren, Zuri Jones and Raleigh Walker; two brothers, Rev.Harold F. (Artelia) Trice and Carl A. Trice; one brotherin-law, Clinton (Joyce) Walker; two sisters-in-law, Blanch Walker and Vera Walker; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral will be held 2:00 pm Sunday, March 7, 2021 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 418 Halifax Street in Petersburg, VA 23803 (Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs, Sr. Pastor) Watch the funeral services live online on J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc. Facebook page.
Visitation: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Monday, March 8, 2021 at Trice Funeral Home Chapel, 127 N. West Street in Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Burial will take place 12:00 pm Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Starlight Memorial Gardens, Lois Lane in Holly Springs, NC 27526.
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