Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Alzie Francis Walker, Jr.

04/25/1954 - 10/28/2017

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WATCH MEMORIAL LIVE ONLINE..A memorial service will be held, 3pm, Sunday, November 12, 2017
Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Chapel
120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk VA

Interment Information

Interment-Private

Alzie Francis Walker, Jr., affectionately known as ‘Bubbie’, peacefully departed this life under prayer on Saturday, October 28, 2017, in Raeford, North Carolina. Alzie was born on April 25, 1954, in Norfolk, Virginia, the second child of the late Alzie Francis Walker, Sr. and Margaret Louise (nee’ Person) Walker. A brother, Wayne Alfred Walker also preceded him in death. Alzie expressed an early interest in music, which his parents supported. His musical talent was further nurtured by his school band directors, Sylvester Spence and Reginald Walker, who was also his cousin. Alzie was educated in Norfolk Public Schools. During high school, he and a group of friends formed a band, Mass Production, playing in local clubs. Mass Production went on to release several nationally charted recordings. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1972, and went on to graduate from Norfolk State College with a Bachelor of Science in Public School Music in 1977. Alzie started his career in Suffolk Public Schools in 1977 as music teacher and high school band director at John F. Kennedy High School. After four years, he attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, earning a Masters of Music degree in 1983. After graduation, he served as Assistant Director of Bands at Southeast Missouri State University and Delaware State University. In 1986, Alzie became Assistant Director of Bands at Norfolk State University, and became Director of Bands in 1991. He later taught in Virginia Beach Public Schools before moving on to Savannah State University as Director of Bands. Alzie ended his illustrious career when he retired from Liberty County Public Schools in Georgia. Over the course of his life, Alzie was a member of several churches and served those houses of worship in many capacities. He became a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a coeducational National Service Fraternity in 1973. He was instrumental in the charter of two chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi, a National Honorary Band Fraternity: Iota Xi at Norfolk State University in 1991, and Lambda Upsilon at Savannah State University in 2006. He was also responsible for the charter of two chapters of Tau Beta Sigma, a National Honorary Band Sorority, Epsilon Sigma at Norfolk State University in 1991 and Iota Zeta at Savannah State University in 2006. He also served as faculty advisor for all four organizations. Alzie is survived by his children Sheri’ LaTauras Walker, Margaret Renee Walker, Alzie Francis Walker, III, all of Austell, Georgia and also survived by a grandson, Conner Smith of Austell, Georgia. Additionally, Alzie is survived by two sisters, Andrea Walker Adams (Richard) of Parkton, North Carolina, and Crystal C. Walker-Cooper (Jonathan) of Centreville, Virginia, and former spouses, Dr. Karen Reed Staack and Margaret Worrell Walker. Further, Alzie is survived by three aunts, three uncles and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends. Alzie’s positive approach to life in as well as his staunch work ethic, fostered positive relationships with colleagues, as well as students. His talent as an educator, his quick wit and great sense of humor made him a joy to know. The family wishes to especially thank his sister, Andrea Adams, who was his full-time caregiver throughout his illness.

lisa l'm truly sorry for the loss of your loved one. At times you may feel that Gods should fix this "NOW". God's word assures us that death & suffering will end(Revelation 21:4). I hope this brings some comfort to you. For more encouragement please go to JW.org
Posted: 11/16/2017
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Mrs. S. Tyler My sincere sympathy goes out to the Walker family and friends. May the many memories and lessons learned warm your hearts. God cares for you and wants you to lean on him for strength and comfort. (Psalm 55:22)
Posted: 11/14/2017
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Vera Mitchell My deepest condolences to Mr. Walker's family he was the best band director John F Kennedy High School and Suffolk Virginia you taught us a lot laugh a lot and we WON a lot there won't be another Mr. Walker rest in peace my band director I will surely miss you but he never will I forget him
Posted: 11/14/2017
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Shannon McFadden-Kemp You were simply the "Best"! Thank you for all you did for the Savannah State University Band Program and thank you for your friendship! You taught me about showmanship and how to take things to the "next level".
Posted: 11/13/2017
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Theo parson"Grady" Mr walker or o.g big cheese as we called him in the guards was the best.he gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of being in the band.he was funny and a good teacher who inspired so many to be better and he never settled for less than your best.he may be gone but his lessons will continue to live on in the people he inspired and who have chosen to follow in his footsteps.r.I.p Mr.walker
Posted: 11/12/2017
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Lonell Riddick Thanks Mr. Walker for taking me into the band after my mother had passed. Even though the season was 1 week away from the first game and I had missed all of hand camp, Walker took me in because of my skills and worked with me and never gave up on me. Treated me just like a son. I will miss you. Thanks for everything!
Posted: 11/12/2017
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Eric V Johnson My thoughts and prayers goes out to the family of Mr. Alzie Walker. He will be truly missed. He will always be a part of the JFK Marching Wolverine Machine Alumni. R.I.P.
Posted: 11/12/2017
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Karen Andrews Thompson Mr Walker was a great musician, witty and had a special way of connecting with you. Glad to have been a student of his at John F Kennedy High School and to have followed his talent as he worked with so many bands. Condolences to his family and friends.
Posted: 11/12/2017
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Nikki "Tiny" Harris Thank you! You made a enormous impact on every one you touched. You famously said "nothing personal, just business". In most cases that was correct. However, this time it IS PERSONAL! REST WELL and in peace. Deepest condolences to my Silk Sister Margaret and the entire Walker family! PEACE and blessings
Posted: 11/12/2017
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Floydina Chapman Praying for you Walker Family as we all say our final farewell to Alzie on this side of earth. May you as the children stay together and love each other. God be with his sisters and other family members. Rest assured that he'll be one day playing in that Heavenly Band. RIH ALZIE Until we meet again
Posted: 11/12/2017
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Melvin Lee Chalmers Rest well Mr. Walker!!!! Thanks for all you’ve done for me!!!!!
Posted: 11/12/2017
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Joseph V. Reese In the four years I knew Mr. Walker he taught me many things musical and life worthy. He simply taught me how to live upright as a man and to stand by every conviction in my own personal path of life he was like a second father to me. I will miss him dearly. Every day I hear his voice in memory saying "Yo G! BLOCK IT UP" I'm hurt but I'm happy for him. I know God said to him Job well done!
Posted: 11/12/2017
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Shelia Brown Cherry Rest in peace, "Walker" you brought joy to so many. Gone but never forgotten.
Posted: 11/12/2017
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Traci McDowell Alzie Walker will be truly missed on this earth. This man made a great impact on my family. He was the mentor that my boys had and truly needed in their lives. He was an awesome godfather to my daughter and what a difference he made in their lives. I thank you for all that you did to bring stabilization in the lives of my children and for always making sure that I was ok when the times were needed. You opened up your home to me and my family on so many occasions and I am so ever grateful. You will never be forgotten and always missed. Rest in Paradise my brother and friend.
Posted: 11/12/2017
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LaToya Johnson "May the work that you have done speak for you." Gone, but not forgotten!
Posted: 11/12/2017
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Anyonga Blackwell My heart goes out to the family of Mr. Alize F. Walker, II. He was an awesome musician and awesome mentor to so many of us. I will never forget my days as a student at Norfolk State University as a member of the Spartan Legion. Thank you.
Posted: 11/12/2017
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Phillip Hawkins, Jr. To the family of Mr. Alzie F. Walker II, I would like to extend my prayers and thoughts to you. Mr. Walker truly has left a legacy at Norfolk State University that will be treasured and never be forgotten. I am honored to have known and learned from him from 1987-1992 and was his first Head Drum Major at NSU 1991. Behold, the Green and Gold Forever!!! Rest in Heaven...Mr. Walker
Posted: 11/12/2017
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Eric young Really going to miss you Mr.Walker. Thanks for everything you taught me at Savannah state university an I'm forever grateful of you being my band director for 4 years! Love you
Posted: 11/11/2017
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Cherise Barkley Each person is given the gift of time on this Earth to Live to Love and to Leave a Legacy. To Sheri', Margaret, and Alzie... Take comfort in knowing that your Father made a true difference to others. May your precious memories live forever in your heart. With Deepest Sympathy The Barkley Family, SC
Posted: 11/11/2017
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Theodore (Twink) Johnson Alzie was my best friend and I will miss him forever, but, This is the day which the Lord hath made; WE MUST rejoice and be glad in it.
Posted: 11/11/2017
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Emery L. Fears Alzie was Avery talented musicia, a man of geat wit with a very strong work ethic. He was an enjoyable student a miscchevous and pleasant colleague. Rest in Peace
Posted: 11/11/2017
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Ronnie Joyner Alzie played a key and important role in the history and the development of the Norfolk State University Marching Legion. He will always be remembered, appreciated and loved by the Spartan family........"GO SPARTAN"
Posted: 11/11/2017
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Rev. Vincent Tucker, Sr. To Andrea and the rest of the family, loved ones, and friends of Alzie, May God bless, comfort, strengthen, and keep you in this hour of great grief and loss. I'll never forget how Alzie and I both started out together as rookies in B.T.W.'s band as French Horn players back in 1969.
Posted: 11/11/2017
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