Esther Mae Darring Walker


Esther Mae Darring Walker, was born on June 9, 1944 to the late Zachariah
Darring and Janie Neal.
Esther attended Douglas High School, where she graduated in 1963. After
attending high school, her passion for hair
and beauty lead Esther to pursue instruction in Cosmetology at La Charm
Beauty School where she earned her
Cosmetologist license. She went on to become the proud owner and operator
of a beauty shop for over 40 years,
where she served many loyal clients. Esther also earned her certification
as a nurse’s assistant from
Walton Technical School. This certification afforded her opportunities to
work as a nurse’s assistant in both private
and hospital settings.
Esther was a woman of many interests and talents. Her varied interests lead
her to take several courses in which
she learned things such as upholstery and pottery.
On May 31, 1973, Esther married her high school sweetheart, Eugene Walker.
The couple were married in
El Paso, Texas.
Esther was a loving and devoted mother to the couple’s two daughters,
Veronica and Katherlene ,“Kathieâ€.
She was the proud grandmother to three grandsons (Veronica), Alejandro,
“Alexâ€, Christian, and Matthew
and one granddaughter (Kathie), Kaitlyn. She was a very important part of
the lives of her grandchildren.
Esther’s prayers, love and encouragement will forever be dear to her loved
Esther was a friend to many. She was a rare person who was blessed to have
friendships that spanned many
decades. One such friendship was with her very best friend, Jeannette
Walker, whom she met in the seventh
grade. The two were sisters in heart and remained close friends to the very
Esther was a member of House of Deliverance Church of God in Christ where
she worshipped the Lord and
served her church family. She also served her community in various
volunteer roles such as assisting the needy
with food and clothing.
On Thursday, June 6, 2019, the Lord called Esther home to be with Him after
a lengthy illness. God allowed
her husband, Eugene to be by her side when she passed away, giving deeper
meaning to their marriage vow,
“Until Death We Partâ€. Although she is absent from among us in the body,
her memory and spirit will live on
in our hearts.
Today, we celebrate Esther’s life. She was a generous woman who would
literally give you the shirt off of
her back if you needed or wanted it. Many of us have stories to tell of her
generosity. Esther was also a
woman of deep faith. She always reminded her family and friends to pray and
to take all of their concerns
to the Lord. She had a very persevering spirit and was a person who was not
quick to give up, but rather one to
press on through all of life’s challenges. She was a woman who loved to
laugh. We will remember her love and laughter. They are imprinted upon our
hearts. There are no words to express the impact she has had
upon the lives of those who truly knew and loved her. She will be greatly
Esther leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Eugene Walker; her
daughters, Veronica Encarnacion (Marietta, GA), Katherlene Stewart,
(Albany, GA); Grandsons, Alejandro “Alex†Encarnacion (Sandy Springs,
Christian Encarnacion (Marietta, GA), Matthew Encarnacion (Marietta, GA);
Granddaughter, Kaitlyn McGee (Albany, GA); Sisters, Lilly Ruth Thomas
(Thomasville, GA), Naomi Cherry (Thomasville, GA), Dorothy Graham
(Thomasville, GA) , Deborah Deloris Austin (Thomasville, GA); Brothers,
Amos Darring (Jacksonville, FLA), and John Darring (Indianapolis, IN).
She leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She leaves behind her best friend of 60 years and sister in heart,
Jeannette Walker, as well as many friends
and classmates.

Esther funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 15, 2019 at 11:00am
First Unity Missionary Baptist Church, 1806 Fletcher Street, Thomasville,
GA 31792. Rev. Charlie Ross, Pastor and Pastor Spencer Wilson, Eulogist.
Public viewing will be from 1pm until 7pm.
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Betty P. Harper
Jun 14, 2019
Condolences to the family. Praying that God will be with each of you as you go through this time of sorrow. Betty P. Harper & Family