Samuel Walker, 85

Food market owner

July 01, 2008|By JACQUES KELLY

Samuel Richard Walker, who owned and operated a West Baltimore market, died Thursday of complications from dementia at his Pikesville home. He was 85.

Born in Valdosta, Ga, and raised in Jacksonville, Fla., Mr. Walker attended Edwards College in Jacksonville, where he studied architecture.

He moved to Baltimore in the early 1940s and was a chef at the Chestnut Ridge Country Club, St. Agnes Hospital and the Greenspring Club.

In 1959, he married Delores Jones. They later opened Walker's Food Market at Mosher and Monroe streets.

"He provided quality food, reliable service, generous credit for those in need and personal delivery for many elderly residents in the area," said his daughter, Luwanda Walker Jenkins, an Owings Mills resident who is special secretary of the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs. "He was known for his strong work ethic, quiet demeanor and a no-nonsense philosophy."

Mr. Walker had been a Scout leader with the Boy Scouts of Central Maryland. He also enjoyed playing pinochle.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Temple Baptist Church, 6916 Dogwood Road in Woodlawn, where he was a member.

In addition to his wife of 49 years and his daughter, survivors include a son, Albert Milton Walker of Owings Mills; a brother, Albert Walker of La Mesa, Calif.; a sister, Hattie Daniels of Riviera Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

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