Reverend Clyde Otis Walker, 88, formerly of the East Side Apartments, 83 Doyle Avenue, Providence, RI and 21 Peach Avenue, Providence, RI, peacefully departed this life on January 16, 2020, with his daughter by his side at Summit Commons Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, 99 Hillside Avenue, Providence, RI. He was the beloved
husband of the late Bertha D. (Lois) Walker.
He was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 3, 1931 to the late Sara Eizabeth “Queen” Mitchell Thomas and the late Oliver Walker and was raised in Middletown, DE. Prior to moving to Providence, RI in 1979, he resided in Boston, MA, Hartford, CT, and Stamford, CT. In 1985, he moved to Smyrna. DE and briefly resided in Dover, DE before returning to Providence, RI in 1987. He lived in Pawtucket, RI and returned to Providence, RI in 1995.
Prior to being ordained into the ministry, he was a longtime member of Grant A.M.E. Church and the Lay Organization at Grant A.M.E. Church, Boston, MA and Allen A.M.E. Church, Hartford,CT. Rev. Walker loved the Lord and was called to preach in 1975. He was an ordained minister in the A.M.E. Church. He began his ministry under the leadership of Rev. Mayfield, Bethel A.M.E. Church, Stamord, CT. He was the former Pastor of St. James A.M.E. Church, Danbury, CT., Bethel A.M.E. Church, Providence, RI and Mt. Friendship A.M.E. Church, Smyrna, DE. He returned to his home church, Bethel Providence in 1987 and became the Assistant Pastor at Bethel A.M.E. Church before retiring.
He was formerly employed at Hood Milk Company, Boston, MA, Pratt &
Whitney and Weaver High School in Hartford, CT, Marriott Hotel, Stamford, CT
and the Providence Art Club, Providence, RI.
Rev. Walker was a Veteran of the United States Army and enlisted in April of 1950 and was
a Pole Lineman. He completed Basic Training at Fort Knox, KY and served posts in Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX and served in Germany and the Korean Campaign. He was honorably discharged from Camp Kilmer, NJ in 1953.
Rev. Walker loved his Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream and talking on the phone to his family and friends. While a resident at East Side Apartments, he enjoyed sitting outside on his scooter on Doyle Avenue, waving and talking to people as they went by. He loved to laugh and was affectionately known to many as “Rev,” “Daddy,” “Granddaddy” “Uncle Clyde,” “Mr. Clyde,“ “Pape’,” ‘’Pappason,” and “George,” He loved to laugh and called all those dear to him “Pookie.”
He is survived by seven daughters, Pamela C. Hughes of Providence,RI, Beverly D. Awosoga (Taiwo Awosoga,) Michelle Speller, Norcross, GA, Melanie and Lisa Walker, Silver Spring, MD, Tephanie Williams, East Hartford, CT and Tikesha Williams, Los Angeles, CA, three sons, Bishop Kenneth Ringgold (Blanche Ringgold,)Newark, DE, Clyde Walker, Jr., Norcross, GA and Kerri Walker, Silver Spring, MD, two Stepsons, Derrick Hughes, Boston, MA and William Hughes (Dolores Hughes,) Waterbury, CT. He was preceded in death by three stepchildren, Yvette Hughes-Gayle, Steven Hughes and Kenneth Hughes. He leaves to mourn 43 Grandchildren, 48 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren and 1 on the way, a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Phillip Walker and Walter Peavy, Jr..
Clyde will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him.
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