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 ,"Kathie".
She was the proud grandmother to three grandsons (Veronica), Alejandro, "Alex", 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 ones.
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 end.
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 Part". 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 missed.
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, GA), 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's funeral services will be held on today, June 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at First Unity Missionary Baptist Church, 1806 Fletcher Street, Thomasville, GA 31792. Rev. Charlie Ross, Pastor and Pastor Spencer Wilson, Eulogist.
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