Sharon Margaret Franklin Walker
Mrs. Sharon Margaret Franklin Walker, 88, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, passed away on December 11, 2020, at the Forrest General Hospital.
Mrs. Walker was born October 19, 1932, in Greenville, MS, the only child of the late Evanelle Lewis Franklin and James Brown Franklin of Jackson, Mississippi, and stepdaughter to the late Mrs. Freda Magee Franklin. She was the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Berkley Lewis of Greenville, MS, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Columbus Franklin.
She graduated from Jackson’s Central High School, Class of 1950, attended Mississippi Southern College (USM), graduated with a degree in English, and completed her master's degree in Administrative Personnel and Counseling. On campus, Mrs. Walker served as Vice-President and Pledge Trainer of Chi Omega sorority. She was a member of the Panhellenic Council and of the Kappa Delta Pi National Honorary Educational Fraternity.
In 1955, she married Dr. Willis Walker, Jr., of Hattiesburg. They were married 62 years and raised three daughters. Mrs. Walker served as a volunteer with many community organizations, enjoyed travel with family and friends and playing any card game. She was fascinated with language and words and working The New York Times Crossword Puzzles. She was a true friend, an animal lover, and a strong, beautiful woman full of grace and kindness. Mrs. Walker was a member of Main Street Methodist Church, and one of her favorite Bible verses was, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8.
She was preceded in death by Dr. Willis Walker. Survivors include her three daughters, Dr. Linda Kyle Walker of Glen Arm, MD, Laurie Lewis Walker Karstens of Hattiesburg and Sharon Elizabeth (Beth) Walker Campbell of Hattiesburg; stepbrother, Howard Magee of Jackson; and six adored grandchildren, Mary Allison Campbell, Dr. Madeline Campbell Fitzpatrick, Margaret Lacey Campbell, Allen Walker Karstens, Anna Katherine Karstens, and Ethan Franklin Karstens.
A private family graveside service will be held at Highland Cemetery. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Main Street Methodist Church, Hub City Humane Society, Southern Pines Animal Shelter, Alzheimer's Research, or charity of your choice.