Lola Wiggs Walker
Lola Wiggs Walker was born December 6, 1919 in Tippah County Mississippi to Martin L. Wiggs, Sr. and Martha Clark Wiggs. She grew up in the small community of Chalybeate, MS. She loved basketball and played guard position. Her high school team won the State Championship in 1937. It was the first women’s team to ever win a championship.
She and her husband, Martin E. Walker, worked for McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis, Missouri as line inspectors for the B-17 bomber. They returned home to Arkansas where he became a farmer and she devoted herself to raising her four daughters. In 1959, her husband purchased a Mississippi Delta farm and the family relocated to Valley Park, MS. The nearest school was 26 miles away in Rolling Fork.
In 1972, just before the great flood of 1973 where most of the Mississippi Delta was flooded, the farm was sold and they moved to Holmes County and purchased another farm in West, MS. They painstakingly restored the homestead and it was a great gathering place for their four daughters, sons–in-law and grandchildren. In 1987, tragedy struck and the homestead burned. Although saddened by the loss, not to be discouraged the couple purchased another farm in Lorman, MS. where they lived until Mr. Walker’s death. Unable to handle the farm on her own, Mrs. Walker sold and moved to Vicksburg, MS where she lived the remainder of her life.
She was a member of the Mississippi Poetry Society, the Lexington Garden Club, the Holmes County Home Economy Club and the Baptist Church. Mrs. Walker often read her poetry to the public at the local library by request. Many of her poems are written about her natural surroundings and what she saw right outside her window or from the memories of her life.
Mrs. Walker died on January 8, 1997. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1992 and survived by her four daughters, Marty Parker of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Pat Walker of Rolling Fork, Mississippi; Rita Grove of Hot Springs, Arkansas; and Chariss Walker of Amarillo Texas; seven grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.
It was her greatest wish that her poetry become published in book form and now, 15 years later, in loving memory it is.
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