Teresa Walker was born May 19, 1963, to the late Charlie Frank Walker and Alfredia Ivy Walker in Chicago, IL.
Teresa was baptized at Second Baptist Church at a young age and later served as the Church Secretary. She received her education from Oxford City Schools and graduated in 1981. In high school, Teresa was a member of the band and several organizations including Student Council, 4-H Club, Debate, and Chess Club. She was one of the few seniors who received a Certificate of Achievement for completing the Senior High School Program of A Presidential Classroom for Young Americans.
Teresa was a bright and inquisitive individual, and always made her education a top priority. She attended the University of Mississippi and became a member of the Theta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in the fall of 1984 before earning a Bachelor of Accountancy in 1985. She went on to receive a Master of Professional Accountancy from Jackson State University in 1992. While there, she received the Most Outstanding Scholar of Professional Accountancy award from the School of Business. She studied and obtained her CPA license in 1997 and became a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1998.
Raised to be self-sufficient and as equally independent, Teresa began working at an early age. In addition to serving as the Church Secretary, she worked at the local library and in the office at Oxford High School. Through her service as the Church Secretary, her love for numbers continued to grow. After studying Accountancy, she worked in the field for over two decades with her final position being a Revenue Agent with the Internal Revenue Service in Atlanta, GA where she lived with her sister LaShawnda. She was dedicated to her work and consistently went above and beyond to complete her assignments until the very end. She enjoyed connecting with co-workers and maintained lasting friendships with many of them; celebrating milestones such as birthdays, child births and attending special events such as dance recitals and graduations.
She was a woman of great faith and attended Salem Bible Church in Lithonia, GA. She loved spending quality time and talking on the phone with family and friends, watching a variety of sports, traveling, shopping, reading, and encouraging young people to do their very best. While she did not give birth to any children, she spoke life into all of her nieces, nephews, Godchildren, and the children of her many friends. They were all very special to her. She was very thoughtful, remembering birthdays and special occasions. She was forever giving without being asked to give. She is a true example of selfless love.
On Saturday, September 18, 2021, Teresa transitioned while at her home in Lithonia, GA. Her laugh, her smile, and her words of wisdom will be truly missed by her family, friends, and co-workers.
Left to celebrate her life and cherish her memories are her sisters, Stephanie (Claude) Chatman of Jackson, MS, Mary (Sammy) McEwen of Oxford, MS, and LaShawnda Walker of Lithonia, GA; aunts, Dilcy Ivy of Oxford, MS, Cecilia Vaugh of Memphis, TN, Carolyn Simms of Maywood, IL, Ethel Mae of Hazlehurst, MS, and Thelma (Willie) Watts of Marrero, LA; uncles, Judge Ivy Jr. of Chicago, IL, Eddie Walker of Chicago, IL, George (Linda) Walker of Hazlehurst, MS, and Curtis Walker of Hazlehurst, MS; Marie Sharpe who she loved as a second mother; nieces, Ciara (Joey) Williams of Bartlett, TN, Jade Chatman of Denver, CO; nephews, Java Sebastian (Krystal) Chatman of Jackson, MS, and Sammy KayVontae’ McEwen of Oxford, MS; great nieces, Marley and Pheonix Chatman of Jackson, MS; great nephews, Java Charles Chatman of Jackson, MS and Joseph Williams of Bartlett, TN; Godchildren, Derek Johnson of Oxford, MS, Jon Dubard of Jackson, MS and Christopher Green of Miami, FL; sister-friends, Barbara (Aundra) Banks of Baton Rouge, LA, Angela (Carl) Bates of Madison, MS, Penny (Kelvin) Butler Scott with her daughter Briana of Sugarland, TX , Yolanda “Renee” Chatman of Brandon, MS, Joyce Dubard of Jackson, MS, Paula Johnson of Oxford, MS, and Wilma Kelli Sharpe of Nashville, TN; and a host of special relatives, friends, and co-workers along with their children who were very dear to her.
Teresa was preceded in death by her parents; maternal grandparents, Mandela and Judge Ivy Sr.; paternal grandparents, Mary and Willie Walker; aunts Lillie Ruffin, Carrie Jones, Dorothy Pratt, Betty Martin, Hazel Walker, Laura Walker, and Joyce Walker; and uncles Eddie Vaughn, Willie “Sonnie” Walker, and Robert Walker.
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