Community members highlighted in this column are featured because they give back time, energy, or resources to Newport. These are wonderful qualities, but the couple in this edition encompass all those qualities, plus one very powerful asset, love. The common definition of love is “…a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. That love of Newport is commonly shared, but Mr. Therman and Mrs. Alma Walker’s love is guided by the powerful grace of God. That Godly love is shared by their five children who contribute to this community they call home. Originally, I wanted to choose one of those five, but decided to feature the couple responsible for raising them and being a constant example, their parents. Mr. Alton Therman Walker, Sr. and his beautiful wife, Alma Gertrude(Bailey) Walker are pillars in this community in many ways. Their wisdom, love, and spiritual guidance has no boundaries of race, gender or social status.
Mr. Therman Walker was born in Blackville, Arkansas on January 8, 1945 to the late Jimbo and Gurtha Walker. He attended school at Tuckerman Eastside High School. He is a retired farmer and building supervisor. Currently, he serves as Pastor for the God's House of Prayer on Front Street, Newport. He has been in the ministry for over 35 years, enjoys yard work, gardening and landscaping. In addition, he loves fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren. He always has an encouraging word for any one that he meets.
Mrs. Alma was born in Tuckerman, Arkansas. She was born May 10, 1943 to the late Harvey J. Bailey, Sr and Erma Neal Bailey and attended school at Tuckerman Eastside High School. When her children were young, Alma was a stay at home mom. Once the children were grown, she opened a gift shop until she retired. Mrs. Alma is a retired florist, but still enjoys making gift baskets and floral arrangements. Alma is an active Sunday School teacher and usher at church, and remains active helping the community by visiting those in the hospital, preparing food, and visiting those who need an encouraging word. Mrs. Alma has never met a stranger. She enjoys canning fruits and vegetables, as well as preparing large home cooked meals for everyone. Her greatest gift is the love and concern she has for all people.
The couple are Greyhound fans and love attending Newport sports!
The couple were married on March 20th, 1964 and have lived in Newport since. The couple have four children; Sandra Ratliffe, Alton Walker, Jr., Gloria Walker, and Lisa Hughes. They are grandparents to Alicia Neal, Nia Wren, Miriam Ratliffe, and Jh'nelle Ratliffe.
10. They love the people of Newport. They have lived in Newort for 50+ years and have been actively supporting, living and having a positive impact in this community.