Zenith Inez (Canter) Walker

June 6, 1922 ~ March 4, 2020 (age 97)


Mrs. Zenith Inez Canter Walker, age 97 of North Wilkesboro passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at her home. 

Funeral services will be held Sunday 3:00 PM at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel with Rev. Paul Siceloff and Rev. Bryan Danner officiating.  The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 5:00PM until 7:00PM at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mountlawn Memorial Park. 

Mrs. Walker was born June 6, 1922 in Wilkes County to Thomas J. and Zollie Yates Canter.  She was a homemaker and a member of Northside Baptist Church. Recently she enjoyed attending services at the Chapel in Wilkes Towers. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Gilbert Taylor Walker, a daughter, Mrs. Linda Walker Sturdivant, and a son, Jerry Taylor Walker; four sisters, Mary Linda Burton, Flora Lee Souther, Annie Chamberlain, Irene Dotson, and seven brothers, Jake Canter, Ralph Canter, Fred Canter, George Canter, Henry Canter, Burton Canter, Roby Canter, and two sons-in-law, J.D. Childress and Jack Vannoy. 

Mrs. Walker is survived by two daughters, Ruth Walker Childress of North Wilkesboro, Doris Walker Vannoy of Wilmington, seven grandchildren, Andrea Childress Johnson, Joseph Childress, Lisa S. Nathan, LeAnne Sturdivant, Bill Sturdivant, Justin Vannoy, and Jason Vannoy. Eleven great grandchildren, Ty Johnson, Dylan Johnson, Jada Childress, Jenna Childress, Jaxson Childress, Leslie Sturdivant, Taylor Sturdivant, Lara Jarvis Klibansky, Ashley Jarvis, Kamalaya Vannoy, and Everly Vannoy, and seven great, great grandchildren Micah Johnson, Payson Johnson, Parker Mathis, Brayden Byrd, Elizabeth Gray, Ellie Klibansky, Roan Klibansky, and  a brother, Jack Canter of Irving, TX. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200 Mt. Airy, NC 27030 or Bibleway Baptist Church, P.O. Box 185, NC 28697 

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March 7, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home
270 Armory Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Funeral Service
March 8, 2020

3:00 PM
Reins-Sturdiavant Chapel
270 Armory Road
Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Interment following funeral service
March 8, 2020

Mountlawn Memorial Park
Hwy 18 North
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659


Mountain Valley Hospice Mt. Airy
401 Technology Lane Suite 200, Mount Airy NC 27030

Bibleway Baptist Church
2568 Brushy Mtn. Road, Wilkeboro NC 28697

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