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Ursin "Pete" Stuart Walker

CLEVELAND - Ursin "Pete" Stuart Walker, age 87, of Cleveland, MS passed away on Wednesday April 6, 2016 at his home.

Visitation will be held Friday April 8, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:45 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Cleveland. Celebration of Life Service will follow 2:00 PM in the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary. Reverend Michael McLaughlin will officiate the service with remarks by Dr. Macklyn Hubbell. Burial will be at the New Cleveland Cemetery.

Pete was born on Easter Sunday April 08, 1928 in Lumberton, MS to Ursin and Anne (Stuart) Walker. He married the former Margaret Manning in Cleveland in 1950. He graduated from the Mississippi State University where he obtained his B. S. Degree, M. Ed Degree from Mississippi State University and also played football for the MSU Bulldogs. After graduation he played football for the U. S. Army for two years. He returned to Mississippi State later to be the first person to ever earn an Ed. D. degree from the University. While pursuing his Doctoral degree, Pete worked as the first athletic academic counselor for Mississippi State. Pete and his family lived in Cleveland from about 1955. He taught high school classes and coached at Cleveland High School. He then began working at Delta State University where he served as a professor of Education, Director of Counselling and Dean of Students. He was in the Lion's Club for several years and served as both District Governor and President of the Mid-South Sight Foundation. He was a co-founder of the Delta Area Senior Golf Association where he formed many friendships while enjoying the game he so loved. He was named the 2009 Charity Ball King by the Cleveland Junior Auxiliary, and was a member of Habitat for Humanity. Pete was faithful member of First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland, where he served as Sunday School teacher, Deacon and Elder. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Two sisters; Hazel Riley and May Colladay and two brothers; Victor Walker and Lavelle Walker.

He is survived by Wife of 66 years, Margaret Manning Walker of Cleveland, MS. his Daughter, Becky Knighton of Cleveland, MS. Son, Earl (Glenda) Walker of Starkville, MS. And two Grandchildren, Stuart (Jamie) Knighton of Madison, MS and Ally Walker of Starkville, MS.

Pallbearers are Matthews Crockam, Maurice Burton, Larry Sappington, Sam Dunning, Robert Heslep and Paul Janoush.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. David Walt, Dr. E. E. (Butch) Caston, Dr. Bill Middleton and Tom Janoush.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church 1100 MS Hwy 8 Cleveland, MS 38732 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38501

Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The On-line guest register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.

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Coach Walker was such a great man! So happy & cheerful when he met anyone in the hallway at CHS. Loved both of you. Tommy Saunders

Tommy Saunders - April 09 at 07:03 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

He always had a kind word for me when he saw me around Delta State. I will miss talking to him and my prayers are with the family.

John C. Cox - April 08 at 11:32 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Mr Pete, such a gentle soul. We will miss you!!!!Mrs Margaret thoughts and prayers are with you. Becky, Earl, Stuart and Jamie love you all..Jackie Strawbridge

Jackie Strawbridge - April 07 at 07:16 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Loss of a great teacher, coach and friend . He was an inspiration to me in high school and a friend in my adult life. Beth and I will miss him-but he will be part of our memories forever.

gerald jacks - April 07 at 06:59 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Such a sweet man! Prayers for you Margaret and family's

Donna Campbell - April 08 at 07:11 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Coach Walker's passing. Thoughts and prayers for the Walker family. My husband and I are graduates of Cleveland High School where he coached previously. My mother and father Rosebud and Leon Givens knew him well as well as my step father, B.Q. Davis and were very fond of him. Such a fine good man.

Janie Givens Miller - April 08 at 02:35 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I have great memories of Coach Walker. I recall traveling to/from Mississippi State with him on weekends in that VW "bug" he drove - usually there were several of us commuting back to school early on Monday mornings for classes. During his time as Athletic Academic Counselor, he also "hired" me to tutor football players in math, which was a very unique experience for me. An especially memorable experience was the football weekend when he loaned me his car to take my visiting girlfriend, Martha Smith, to the movie. Before the movie, I filled his gas tank, which must have been too much for that old tank. It sprang a leak while we were in the movie and left a trail of gas from the car to the bottom of the hill, leaving us stranded with an empty tank. It's a wonder a smoking pedestrian didn't set the car on fire with a discarded cigarette. Coach Walker was a mentor and a friend, truly one of the most respected men in my life.

Dick Drane - April 09 at 02:41 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

A wonderful man, who will be sorely missed. Mrs. Margaret I pray that God will hold you and your family close and comfort you as only He can do. Michael & I truly adored Mr. Pete and will surely miss him.

June Patterson - April 13 at 11:09 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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