Burner Walker, Jr.

Sunrise: February 15, 1934

Sunset: May 18, 2018

Burner Walker Jr was born on February 15, 1934 in Wadesboro, N.C.  He was the oldest child and the only son of Burner Walker Sr. and Maude Crowder Walker.  The couples other child Cleo Walker (later would become Cleo Fields) was born in 1935.  Burner spent the first 10 years of his life in Wadesboro before moving to Brooklyn, NY. Unfortunately a year later he lost his mother to cancer and he and his sister were sent to live with their aunt and Uncle Louise and Joseph Johnson also of Brooklyn. During his teen years Burner got to see his hero Jackie Robinson break into the major leagues in 1947.  He went on to graduate from Boys High in 1952 and later that year enrolled into North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. Burner knew at an early age that he wanted to be a teacher and he majored in Physical Education. Before graduating from North Carolina Central in 1956 he became a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Also at Central he met his future bride of 61 years Mary Pearson of Pembroke, NC.  Mary and Burner were married in September 1956.  He began his 35 year career in the New York City School System.  June 1958, Mary gave birth to their first son Eric. In 1964 a week after the birth of their second son Scott the family moved to Hempstead Long Island New York.  In 1974 the family moved to a second Long Island home in North Bellmore, NY.

Burner was able earn two masters degrees from Brooklyn College, he also coached baseball and track and field and was in charge of numerous after school and summer programs for the New York City School system. In 1968 he became an assistant principal and athletic director at Andrew Jackson High School in Queens NY where he taught until he retired in 1991.  During his tenure as the athletic director at Andrew Jackson, the school won New York City Championships in both Basketball and Football. In 1992 Burner and Mary retired to Chesapeake, Virginia where he lived the rest of his life. Burner Walker Jr. had been a man of faith for his entire life. In his teenage years he became a member of Concord Baptist church in Brooklyn.  Later in life he became an active member of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Roosevelt, New York and in 1993 he and Mary joined Community Presbyterian in Portsmouth, Virginia where he later became an elder.  Burner also through his fraternity and church participated in numerous charities.

Burner Walker is survived by his wife Mary, two sons Eric and Scott, three grandchildren, Rachel, Mathew and Nicholas, two daughters in law Brenda and Tammi, Sister in laws Audrey and Barbara Pearson, Brother in Law Thomas Pearson, nephews Gary, Barry and Kelly Fields, Myron and Trevor Pearson, one niece Cara Ann Pearson and first cousins  Jeretha  Johnson Evans and Gerald Johnson and numerous cousins and close friends.

Viewing Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:00am - 12 Noon Thursday, May 24, 2018 Community Presbyterian Church 801 Tazewell Street Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service Thursday, May 24, 2018 12 Noon Community Presbyterian Church 801 Tazewell Street Portsmouth, VA 23701 Interment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321 Services are entrusted to Metropolitan Funeral Service-Portsmouth Boulevard

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    Karen Denise Duncan Spencer says

    We loved Vernon (June) and will miss his intellectual talks.
    He was such a giving person always with a positive attitude and smile. I will never forget his kind heart

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    JW says

    I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Burner but having personally experienced the awful sting of death and the grief that comes with losing a loved one, I wanted to send my sincere condolences. May the cherished memories of your loving husband, father, and grandfather comfort you as you look forward to the fulfillment of John 5:28,29 when you may be reunited with him again.

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