Brent Durr Walker Jr.
Published 3:59 pm Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Funeral services for Dr. Brent Durr Walker Jr. were held at 2 p.m. May
10, 2019, at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Brookhaven.
Visitation was from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in Cannon Hall prior to
Dr. Walker, 75, of Brookhaven, died May 6, 2019, at King’s Daughters
Medical Center. He was born June 21, 1943, to Brent Durr Walker Sr.
and Grace Cranford Walker. Dr. Walker was a graduate of Prentiss High
School, Valedictorian of the class of 1961. He then went on to study
and receive his Master’s Degree in British Literature at Mississippi
College. He received his Doctor of Philosophy at Somerset University,
England, and taught 35 years as professor of British Literature. He
was very involved in community and church, the Chair of Humanities
Division, Sponsor of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and Ken Wooten
Scholar’s Bowl for numerous years. As an accomplished musician, he
served 50 years as church organist in several churches, Hazlehurst
Baptist Church, First Baptist, Brookhaven, Raymond United Methodist
Church, and was currently serving the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
He enjoyed travel and served as tour leader numerous times to England
and Europe. He was the author of, “Lincoln County Mississippi: A
Pictorial History,” and co-author of, “ Wesson: Industrial City of the
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Those left to cherish his memory are, his wife of 49 years, Patricia
Ann Smith Walker; daughters, Kara Walker Pannell and Leigh Anne Walker
Betts (Ross); grandsons, Tucker Kees Nations, Jameson Walker Pannell,
and John Ross Betts; granddaughter, Lucy Arden Betts; and his special
pet dachshund, Maggie.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brookhaven Animal League,
P.O. Box 3477, Brookhaven, MS 39603 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research
Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
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