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Carrie Belle Faison Walker was born in Belleview, FL on July 9, 1941, to the late Deacon Mayo, Sr. and Viola Faison. She is the fifth of seven children born to this union. She graduated from Belleview Santos High School in 1960 and moved on to study at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA. She left Morris Brown early to begin her career, but returned to higher education to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Accounting from Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC. She accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age and was an active, dedicated member of Williams Chapel FWB Church in Fayetteville, NC and Ramah Missionary Baptist Church where she served as Church Secretary, member of the Mother's Board, Music Ministry, and multiple choirs. Her incredibly strong Christian faith was the foundation of life and her guiding star through life.
On November 16, 1963, Carrie Belle married Freddie B. Walker from Orlando, Florida at Ramah Missionary Baptist Church. This union blessed her with a dedicated and loving husband and three beautiful children. Freddie, Sr. enlisted in the US Army in 1959 and alongside his wife dutifully served his country for 23 years all over the world. This partnership included duty stations in Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Hawaii, Germany, Italy, and her husband’s multiple tours during the Vietnam War. She began her career in accounting working as a bank teller and transitioned into civil service with the US Department of Defense as a lead financial analyst. She served her country as a military spouse and civil servant for almost years. Family (immediate and extended) and community was incredibly important to Carrie. She was a prominent attendee at Faison & Walker Family Reunions. She was very active with her classmates from Belleview Santos High School and served on the Reunion Committee. In 1992, she became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. as “Sigma Legacy” following her daughter, Viola, and her Goddaughters, Joy Vanish & Rhonda Curry. In addition, she “adopted” many young people, always willing to lend a helping hand or a hug. Her heart and home were always open to anyone who needed a soft place to land. She was intentional in her personal relationships and always made time to attend football games, band concerts, graduations, school programs, and special events involving both her biological and adopted children.
In 1999, Freddie and Carrie returned to Belleview, FL to become full-time caregivers for her beloved parents, Mayo and Viola Faison. They reunited with the Ramah Church family and continued serving and praising God. She served as Church Secretary and was an active member of the Mother's Board, Music Ministry, Youth Ministry, and sang for multiple choirs. She continued to serve her Florida community in any way she could. Noting a need in her community, Carrie became an entrepreneur and began her own accounting business (Faison- Walker Accounting & Tax Services, Inc.) to help community and church members with taxes and finances.
After caring for her beloved mother during her battle with Alzheimer’s Disease and then receiving her own diagnosis with it in 2011, she volunteered for the Project Talent study by the National Institutes of Health. This study included the 1960 graduating class of Belleview Santos High School and focused on memory and cognitive health to help develop national policies related to Alzheimer’s. https://www.ocala.com/story/news/local/2018/11/13/belleview-santos-hs-1960-study-participants-sought-for-follow-up/8383036007/.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer Association a meaningful and lasting way to honor Mother Carrie’s journey with the disease: https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Events/Tributes-AlzheimersChampions?pxfid=771699&fr_id=1060&pg=fund.
Carrie Belle Faison Walker departed this life on September 10, 2022.
She was preceded in death by both her parents, Mayo, Sr. and Viola Johnson Faison; her siblings: Louis Faison, Christine Faison Heflin, James Faison, Mayo Faison, Jr.; her husband Freddie B. Walker.
She leaves to cherish her memory, Children: Freddie Walker, Jr. (wife Jamel), Eric Walker (wife Gaylie), Viola Walker King (husband Eric); God children: Karen Sessions, Joy Vanish and Rhonda Curry; Grandchildren: Dante Walker, Tara Jones, Quanetta King, Simone King, Sydney King and Xavier Williams; Siblings: Leroy F. Faison, Sr. of Ocala, FL; Elizabeth Mathis, of Griffin, GA.
Public Visitation will be held on Friday, September 16, 2022, at 1:00 until 6:00PM at Summers Funeral Home 2238 NW 10th Street, Ocala 34475.
Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, September 17, 2022, at 3:00am at Ramah Baptist Church 10545 SE 58th Avenue, Belleview, FL 34420
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