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Madison Old Cemetery



Burial of Mr. P. G. Walker Last Friday

Funeral services for Mr. P. G. Walker, whose death was reported in these columns last week, were held Friday morning at 11 o'clock from the chapel of the Hemperley Undertaking Co, a large crowd attending.

The services were conducted by Rev. W. S. Adams, of the Madison Baptist church, who paid worth tribute to the distinguished ancestry and the long and useful life of Mr. Walker and his wise counsel and strong leadership in the ventures and objectives of the county during a long and active career.

Interment was in the family lot of the old cemetery beside his wife, who died last year.

He is survived by three children, Mrs  Ely Callaway, LaGrange, and Messrs Edmund and Pierre Walker, of this county, and by a large number of Walker relatives. He was the last of his generation.

He was the son of Edmund B. Walker, who was born in the eighteenth century. Ike, Edmund, and John B. were sons of John Walker, who came to Morgan County, early in the nineteenth century from Burke County, GA. The subject of this sketch was born in Madison on February 1st, 1859 at the old Willis home, on Second Street, where Mrs. Smith now lives.


His father later built the home at Walkerest, where Mr. Pierre Walker now lives, and he moved with his parents there when only a child. His father first married Miss Smith, and to them a large number of children were born, the last survivor being Mrs. Kit Walker Newton, mother of the late John T. Newton, who died in Madison more than thirty years ago. His father then married Mary Gautier, of French parentage, whose people refugeed from France during the French Revolution. Two children were born to this union, Mr. Walker and a sister, who died many years ago.


Mr. Walker is survived by several nephews and nieces on Mrs. Walker's side - Mr. Claude Peteet of Foley, AL, Messrs. Dennie and Percy Peteet of Atlanta, and Morris Ackerman of Cleveland, OH, and others.

From: The Madisonian October 4, 1935

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Noble Woman Passes Away

Tuesday morning early at her home near town occurred the death of Mrs. P.G. Walker. She had been ill for a long while, having suffered several paralytic strokes. The remains were prepared for burial by Hemperley Undertaking Co. and the services were held from the chapel at eleven o'clock Wednesday morning, conducted by Rev. A.W. Quillian and Dr. Elam F. Dempsey, in a presence of a gathering that overflowed the chapel.

The handsome steel casket, the many beautiful flowers so tastily arranged and the ingenious lighting effects made one of the most impressive scenes ever witnessed her on a similar occasion. A choir composed of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Atkinson, Mrs. Ben S. Thompson, and Mr. J.E. Owen, with Mrs. C. W. Richter at the piano, rendering two favorite songs of the deceased - "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "In the Sweet By and By."

The remains were interred in the family lot of the old cemetery beside those of a lovely daughter, Mineola, who died many years ago. The active pallbearers were Messrs. Floyd and Walker Newton, L.H. Walker, Jr., Grady Atkinson, Shields Burney, and W.T. Bacon. 

Honorary pallbearers were Messrs. G.A. and W.P. Bearden, C.M. and H.H. Furlow, R.S. and J.W. Douglass, Ben S. Thompson, A.H. Winter, C.H. Baldwin, Wilbur Gresham, W.E. Shepherd, C.L.C. Thomas, T.B. Baldwin, B.M. Atkinson, Bat Vason, W.T. Baugh, John Baugh, Paul Rhodes, W.H. Adams, W.S. Reid, J.T. Hollis, Geo. Parker, Lem Bailey.

Beside Mr. Walker the deceased is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ely Callaway of LaGrange, two sons, Edmund and Pierre Walker, several grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews--Messrs. D.R. and P.M. Peteet, Atlanta; Claud Peteer, Foley, Ala.; Mrs. Geo. Breitenbucher, Atlanta; Mrs. Harry Dickson, Richland; Preston Robertson, Charlotte; Douglas Robertson, Atlanta; W.P. Robertson, West Palm Beach; Mrs. J. L. Patillo, Port Orange, Fla.. Mrs. Rosa Douglas Robertson of West Palm Beach, Fla. is a sister-in-law.

Mrs. Walker was the only daughter of Dennis Robertson, a native of New Jersey, and Susan J. Lumsden, a native of Virginia. She was born in Madison June 8, 1861, and all of her beautiful life was spent in Madison and in her country home. An only brother, W.P. Robertson, died a good many years ago.

Mr. Robertson's first wife was Lydia McCall. The children were Alice, who married J.E. Nolan, Ola, who married M.A. Peteet, Lydia, who married Abram Ackerman, all now dead, and Mary and Eva, who died in infancy. 

Early in life, Bessie Robertson married Peter G. Walker, and for more than a half a century they lived as companions - one in heart, one in aspiration and one in all life's purposes. Those that live on can have no more cherished memory than the recollection of the constant and devoted attention and service of the husband to his stricken companion - always kind and gentle and patient.

Mrs. Walker lived a large life of consecrated service to those about her. Strong in mind, rich in spirit, and noble in character, she live a life of helpfulness and usefulness to all about her. Her motherly affection found expression not only in her own household, but in all children that came within the sphere of her devoted life. Her home was her heart, and the sweetness of her spirit and the grace and charm of her life will be cherished as long as those who knew her will live.

Seldom have so many and such beautiful flowers have been seen at a funeral in Madison. Members of the local chapter UDC acted as honorary escort at the funeral. 

Among the out of town people attending the funeral of Mrs. Walker were Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Leman and Carolyn Leman, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Hudson of LaGrange, Mrs. Harry Callaway, Mr. Lipscomb Newton, Mrs. Renfroe Trippe, Mrs. Fort Land, Mrs. R.J. Sauls, Mrs. George Breitenbucher, Mrs. William Fulgum, Mr. and Mrs. D.R. Peteet, Dorothy and Dennie Peteet, P.M. Peteet of Atlanta, Mr. and Mrs. Tharpe Baldwin of Conyers, Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Smith of Covington, Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Miller of Athens, Mr. and Mrs. Kent Lawrence of Monroe, Mrs. O.N. Stanton of Social Circle, Mrs. Black of Covington, and Mrs. Nolan of Jackson.

From: The Madisonian March 23, 1934

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