"He loved the community and the community loved him."
Those were the words of Dr. C.E. Walker's daughter Monday morning as the Tallahassee community said farewell to a man who has impacted thousands.
Dr. Walker was co-founder of the Walker-Ford Community Center. In 1976 the doors to the Walker-Ford Community Center opened and area children soon found a place for recreation and much, much more.
Greggory Grady says, “It's a home atmosphere so kids gravitate toward us and where we can't help them we point them in the direction where they can get help, so Walker-Ford is a home.”
This home was the vision of Dr. C.E. Walker, a community leader who worked tirelessly for capital city youth. Monday, Walker's family and friends said farewell to the 92-year-old former FAMU dean who had battled an illness for the past several years.
Family members can have faith his legacy will live on, just ask those who've seen it decade after decade.
Joe Thomas says, “I've been here since day one. We're on a third generation of kids. Those who are now adults are making sure their kids come to our program.”
Walker is survived by one daughter, three grandsons and one great granddaughter.