Christene Kornegay Walker, affectionately known as “Chris” was born on January 18, 1931 to the late John Davis Kornegay and Ida Hall Kornegay in Hazlehurst, GA. She was the 8th child of thirteen children born to this union.
She attended school in Hazlehurst, Ga. Following high school, she enrolled at Clark College in Atlanta, GA. During her Freshman year she decided that this was not the career she wanted. She returned home and continue her education at the School of Cosmetology in Waycross, Ga. She became a licensed Cosmetologist and open her own salon that her father built for her next to their home. Since she was known to be a “homebody” having a salon close to home was wonderful.
Christene was a “caretaker” and “babysitter” for anyone in the family who needed her. She fondly and efficiently took care of nieces and nephews while their parents pursued a higher education. She cared for both her parents during any extended illness until their death while diligently and lovingly caring for her own special needs daughter.
At a young age Chris joined the Tallahassee Missionary Baptist Church in Hazlehurst, Ga, where she attended, worked and financially supported until her health began to fail. Christene joined the Order of the Eastern Star where she was a faith member and an officer in the organization.
Christene had a deep abiding love for family. Consequently, at the repast following her father’s funeral, she was asked to spearhead a Family Reunion. She became one of the Founding members of the Hall-Kornegay Families Reunion. Chris has received several plaques and other recognitions for her diligent gracious work with the reunion. She attended every reunion and was sure to bring her daughter, Tamasha, whom she always kept close to her at any family occasion.
Christene was a lover of “People” She enjoyed having conversations, sending cards, talking on the phone and helping others in anyway she could. She loved the Lord, listening to Gospel music, singing, T.D. Jakes and other ministers on TV.
Christene was the loving wife of James Walker, who preceded her in death. After traveling many weekends to Hazlehurst to be with his wife, James finally was able to persuade her to leave her parents home and move to Waycross, GA where they established their own home.
In the early hours of Sunday December 5th, 2021, the Lord called Chris to her heavenly home. Finally Chris’s journey on earth was complete. She was preceded in death by nine siblings.
To cherish her memory she leaves a loving daughter, Tamasha Walker, Waycross, GA; two sisters, Jeanette Stephens (James) Washington, D.C., Gwendolyn Ashmore (Wilson [Deceased]) Atlanta, Ga., one brother, Quincy Ceola Kornegay (Amy) Hazlehurst, GA. , devoted nieces and nephews Cynthia Fluker, Carlton (Carolyn) Fluker, Andrew Fluker and Edward Dyson, of Waycross, Ga and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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