Funeral services were held July 28, 2021, at Ruby K. Johnson Chapel, Prentiss, for Darlene Walker, 46, who passed away July 23 at Merit Health Central in Jackson. Elder James Powell officiated, with interment following in Powell’s Ministry Church of God in Christ, New Hebron. Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Mrs. Walker was born to the late John Robert McLaurin and Earlena McSwain McLaurin. She joined Carter Hill M. B. Church in Beaumont at an early age. She graduated from Collins High School in Collins and attended Jones Junior College in Ellisville. She transferred to Antonelli College, Hattiesburg, where she completed an associate degree in computer networking.
She joined Shady Oak M. B. Church, until she moved to Magee. She was employed in many occupations: Sanderson Farms and Millcreek.
Mrs. Walker married Carlester Duan Walker in 2007 and joined Powell’s Ministries Church of God in Christ in New Hebron. After marriage, they moved to Jackson, where she worked with Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Pioneer Health Services, and Covington County School District. Mrs. Walker later became a business owner with her husband. Together, they started their own insurance business called Walker Insurance and In Black and White Enterprises, LLC; both located in New Hebron.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, John Lewis and Mary McLaurin, Girtha Mae McSwain.
She is survived by her husband, Carlester Walker, of New Hebron; goddaughters that she raised, Kyria Powell, of New Hebron; and Nikotia Jones, of Texas; mother, Earlena McLaurin, of Hernando; four siblings, Teresa (William) Hayes, of Mize; Rachel (Donnie) McLaurin and Sherika (Cedric) McLeod, both of Hernando; one brother, Daniel (Tonya) McLaurin, of Petal; mother-in-law, Mattie Walker, of New Hebron; father-in-law, Jerome (Edna) Otis, of Monticello; godmother, Dr. Arnetta K. Crosby; and many other relatives and friends.