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Charles Curtis Walker, Jr.

December 9, 1921 April 7, 2013
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Charles Curtis Walker, Jr.

December 19, 1921-April 7, 2013

Middletown, NY

Charlie Walker was beloved by all who knew him.

Charles Curtis Walker hailed from West Chester, PA and called Lake Placid and most recently Middletown, NY home.

Many thousands of people have been touched by Charlie's loving heart and bright spirit.

He was notably a Corporal in the Marines from 1941-1946 and was the second group of African American men to fight for the United States in World War II.

In Middletown, NY, he spent many years carefully guiding children as they crossed the street to go to and from school. He was also a bright light at the DMV as he photographed drivers for their licenses and made them smile.

He was a devout and beloved member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Middletown, and adored gracing the congregation by lifting them with his deep baratone vocals and song. As a Sunday School teacher, he encouraged the youth with love and kindness.

In Lake Placid, in 1946, Charlie broke the color barrier in figure skating in Lake Placid, home of the U.S. Olympics. He was recognized for his outstanding accomplishment and great valor last September 2012 when he was inducted into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame.

While living in Lake Placid, he became a member of the Lake Placid Skating Club and later served as the club's president. In 1963, he was appointed as one of the first African American U.S. Figure Skating judges.

He was honored to sing "How Great Thou Art" at Kate Smith's Memorial Service.

He served on the first Board of Directors for the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, was a member of the Kiwanis Club, remained active in the Adirondack Community Church and volunteered countless hours in community service in many capacities.

He is survived by his loving wife, Doris Lewis-Walker, her children, Jeffrey Lewis and wife Gasllan, Steven Lewis' children and wife Judy; his isblings of West Chester; Gertrude Walker Thomas, Ethel Walker, Betty Martinez, John Walker and many nieces, nephews and cousins. His mother, Margaret Elizabeth Walker, his father Charles Curtis Walker and his brother Frank Walker, predeceased him.

Memorial Services, to be annouced, will be held at a later date in Middletown, NY and Lake Placid, NY.

In lieu of flowers, a tax deductible donation may be made to the Skating Club of Lake Placid's Scholarship Fund in Charlie Walker's name, please send a check made out to SCLP, P.O. Box 528, Lake Placid, NY 12946. If you would like an acknowledgement of your gift for tax purposes, please include your return address.

In lieu of flowers, a tax deductible donation may be made to the Skating Club of Lake Placid's Scholarship Fund in Charlie Walker's name, please send a check made out to SCLP, P.O. Box 528, Lake Placid, NY 12946. If you would like an acknowledgement of your gift for tax purposes, please include your return address.

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