Rural community mourns loss

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 22, 2006

The Selma Times-Journal

MOSSES &045; This small, rural community is mourning the loss of one of its brightest. Montre Devron Walker was among the best Lowndes County has to offer.

A recent communications graduate of the University of Alabama, Walker was killed Dec. 16 in an accidental shooting while with friends in Birmingham where he was looking for a job. Family members are set to say their last goodbye on Saturday during funeral services to be held at his alma mater, Lowndes Central High School.

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An athlete, Walker graduated from Central High in 2000 where he was a football standout. He also was the baseball team’s videographer and a member of the Chess Club. He walked on and played football with the Crimson Tide, and pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He was with his fraternity brothers when the accident occurred.

In a rural county with high unemployment and few opportunities, the likelihood of one of their young people going to college, and graduating, was welcome news. To hear of the loss was hard to take.

Jackson has a shrimp-growing farm less than half a mile from Lowndes Central, where Walker’s funeral will take place.

Walker was born Aug. 10, 1982, to James Walker and the late Gloria Lewis Walker.

He confessed hope in Christ at an early age and joined the New Aimwell Baptist Missionary Church in Uniontown.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ms. Gloria Lewis Walker.

He leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted father, James Walker; two sisters, Latasha (Jeffrey) Williams of Acworth, Ga., Jami Walker of Huntsville; one nephew, Rodney; one niece, Kyndal, both of Acworth, Ga.