Evangelist Carmen Cooper Walker

Evangelist Carmen Cooper Walker departed this Earth on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at her home of 40 years on Clifton Avenue. She was born to parents Simeon and Adelaide Daisy Cooper on July 1st, 1931 in St. Mary’s Village, Trinidad, as the sixth of 8 siblings. Her father, Reverend Simeon Cooper, was the founder of St. Mary’s Baptist Church, at which Carmen taught Sunday school for many years. She was also an active member of the People’s National Movement political party and the St. Mary’s Better Village Council, in which she performed in several art and folklore competitions. In 1965 Carmen migrated to North America; she spent three years in the US Virgin Islands before moving to New York City, where she opened her family restaurant. In 1975, she moved to Columbus, Ohio accompanied by her husband Vernon Walker. She resided in Columbus for the last four decades of her life. In Columbus, Carmen worked for Franklin County as a daycare provider and became an active member of Triedstone Baptist Church under the leadership of The Honorable Bishop Jerome H. Ross. She also affiliated with Asbury North Methodist Church. She was passionate about teaching the word of God and participated in the prison ministry program. She cared deeply about her family and was dedicated to improving the quality of life of her children. Whether it was caring for various children (many of which are prominent members of the community and of Triedstone) or cooking a hot meal for those who wanted it, she was committed to helping others in any way she could. Carmen had a wide range of hobbies, including gardening, cooking, choir (she was active in the Angelic Christian Voices), and church activities. She also enjoyed traveling and visited friends and family in Trinidad and Florida often. She was cared for by many and will be lovingly remembered for her kindness, her witty sense of humor, her passion for gardening, and her unique sense of style. She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon Walker, and her son Gregory. She is survived by her children: Dennis, Ingrid, Bernadette, Oswald, Selwyn, Sharon, Karen, and her stepchildren Linus, Crispin, Wayne, Evelyn, and Gemma. She had 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She passed peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family and closest friends.

Visitation

Visitation 6:00pm Monday March 10, 2014 at Triedstone Baptist Church 858 E. 3rd Ave. , Columbus, Ohio.

Services

Home Going Service 7:00pm Monday March 10, 2014 at Triedstone Baptist Church 858 E. 3rd Ave. , Columbus, Ohio.

Condolence Messages

  1. Shirley Walker Freeman :

    To the family: I met Sister Carmen more than twenty years ago. Although we didn’t see each other very often, we continued to maintain a friendship. My family and I have many memories of spending time with her — from conversations about God and our spiritual walk to her hospitality and good food. You had a great mother and grandmother. God bless all of you!

  2. Ms. Jernell Logan :

    To the family of Evangelist Carmen Cooper Walker. I was deeply saddened when I found out today that Mrs. Walker passed away. She was one of the first babysitters I remember having. It was so fun to be at her house that I remember not wanting to leave her house many days when my mother came to pick me up for home. One of her daughters was also one of my first best friends. I have fond memories and am a better person for knowing Mrs. Walker. Love you Walker family, Ms. Jernell Logan

  3. Today when I heard about the passing of my dear Sister in Christ, my heart was heavy and greatly sadden. Memories of our Many times we spent together talking about God and his goodness,his mercy and grace that he bestows on us brings a quick Smile to my heart and face. I will always re member the times we traveled to Church conferences and meetings out of town town. It was.just Carmen and I, and I would do the driving.We always got lost driving home,but not to fret, we would always stop Along the way to shop at Farmers markets, get back on the road,laughing and singing praise songs arriving home safely. No fear, no stress,just a wonderful assurance that God would take us home safely.She is safely in his arms. What a great lady. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Toma and Kim Isner :

    Tom are sad but happy at the homegoing of Carmen. We know we will someday see her in heaven where she is now with her Lord and Savior. Carmen prayed diligently for Kim’s health and it was touching to both of us. She had such a deep trust in the Lord even when she struggled, which was a great inspiration to both of us. She was a faithful encourager and knew the Word of God. It was prevalent in her life and her heart. We remember her chicken curry, her hearty laugh, and her Trinidadian accent, which were all part of her charm. Her family may rise up and call her blessed.

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