Waunell Walton, 82, of Monticello, formerly of Black Oak, Ark., went to be with the Lord on November 27, 2013.
She was a graduate of Manila High School and Draughon’s Business College in Memphis, Tenn. and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Mrs. Walton was preceded in death by her husband, Buel E. Walton, of Black Oak and parents, Robert Leon (Lonnie) and Lois Odel Alexander Vastbinder, of Milligan Ridge.
Sh was a member of First Baptist Church in Monticello and had been a member of Black Oak Baptist Church since the 1950s where she served as Sunday School secretary for over 30 years, taught Sunday School, Discipleship Training, and served as VBS Teacher and G.A. Leader.
In the community, Mrs. Walton served many years as Chairman for the American Red Cross blood drives, the American Cancer Society, and the PTA at Monette Elementary School. She enjoyed serving on the Manila Alumni Reunion Committee for many years. Growing up in Milligan Ridge, she was a member of Milligan Ridge Missionary Baptist Church and sang in a gospel quartet there for many years before her marriage.
“Me maw,” as she was lovingly known by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and any children who knew her, is survived by her daughter, Monda Walton Hutchison and husband Randy, of Black Oak; her daughter, Rita Walton Venable and husband Bruce, of Monticello; three grandchildren, Dr. Chad Hutchison and wife Alethea, of Franklin, TN; Christopher Bruce Venable, of Fayetteville; and Ashley Michelle Venable of Lubbock, TX; two great-grandchildren, Blythe Elaine Hutchison and Zaine Phillip Hutchison, of Franklin, TN; a sister-in-law, Mary Walton, of Dallas, TX; she also was executor of the estate and guardian of her cousins, Sammy Fincher, of Monticello and Nancy Fincher Coleman, of Jonesboro and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held December 2 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. Funeral services will be held on December 3 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Monticello.Burial will be at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery in Jonesboro.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Monticello.