March 06, 1929 - August 07, 2017
March 06, 1929 - August 07, 2017
To everything there is a season; a time to be born”… Ecclesiastes 3:1
On a crisp and cool sunny day, in the great City of Chicago Illinois, March 6th, 1929 to be exact, a screaming, bouncing handsome baby boy was born to the parentage of Willard and Helen Walton, After much consideration, they decided to name him Alfred.
“When I was a child” II Corinthians 13:11
Growing up, Alfred was an active child; he loved being around and participating in all family events. Being the first born of three children, He was surrounded by his siblings Willard and Lily; they shared a great unbreakable bond of friendship, laughter and most of all, love.
Alfred had a very vivid fascination with music, he aspired to make it known and become a fellow musician, his instrument of choice was the drums. One thing that could definitely be said is, he had rhythm, he had style, and he was the life of the party.
Anyone who knew Alfred, they understood he was a visionary and progressive soul, that had aspired to make a difference and live with a purpose. In 1951, He made one of the most noble decisions in life, and signed up to serve in the United States Military and enrolled in the Army.
“A time to love’. Ecclesiastes 3:4
After serving in the military from 1951 to 1953 in Korea, Alfred started working at University of Illinois as a janitor. He began to notice that there was a void in his life, Alfred had a genuine love for GOD, which was far greater to him than anyone could imagine. He prayed and GOD honored his request and he met a beautiful young lady by the name of Emma Jerene McMen, This loving relationship which completed Alfred’s very being, it led him to ask for her hand in marriage, and to this beautiful union, ten amazing children were born. In 1966, the opportunity of a lifetime came for Alfred to lay a firm foundation for his family, he took the position of a switchman and worked for the Rock Island Railroad until he retired in 1990.
Upon retiring, Alfred created life time memories with his family, enjoying life, and living it to the fullest. Being an awesome provider, he loved his family and friends unconditionally, he believed in having a good time and leaving a lasting positive impression with whoever he came in contact with.
“I am now ready to be offered” … II Timothy 4:6
On August 7th, 2017 at 3:45 P.M. Alfred heard the master say, “Well Done Thy Good & Faithful Servant” he crossed the finish line of this life, and transitioned from earthly labor to his heavenly reward. As the trumpet sounded and the pearly gates of heaven opened Alfred Walton was greeted with open arms and kisses by his beautiful wife Emma Jerene Walton, his children Marcia Lyles and Patricia Shavers, his siblings Willard and Lily.
“I will not leave you comfortless” … St. John 14:13
Those left with fond memories of Alfred Walton, seven children, Janie Mason, Althea Walton (fiancé Curtis) Alfred Walton Jr (Patricia) Barbara Reaux (Marc) Stephon Walton (Tandra) and Constance Walton (Eddie) thirty grandchildren, over fifty great grandchildren, four nephews Ray, Kenny, Eric, and Tony. Two nieces, Donna and Yolanda Booth and a host of other relatives and friends.
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