The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church, Railroad Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Elder Robert Taylor will officiate. Interment will follow in Lebanon Cemetery, Grangerville Community, Ideal, Macon County, Georgia.
It was the beginning of a great new year for Irene’s parents, Mr. Norman Gaines and Mrs. Jeffie Turner Gaines when they welcome her into the world on January 1, 1918 in Macon County, Georgia. Irene grew up in Ideal and was educated in the public school system of Macon County, Georgia.
She was married to the late Clinton Rogers and to this union a son, Pvt. Milton Rogers was born. Both Clinton Rogers and Milton Rogers preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Mildred and Diane. Later in life, Irene was joined in Holy matrimony to the late John Henry Walker and through this union, she became stepmother to thirteen grandchildren. Irene’s siblings preceded her in death.
Irene, lovingly called “Punch”, lived in Macon County her entire lifetime and was well known throughout the Payne Bottom Community, Ideal and Oglethorpe, Georgia. She worked at the former Southern Frozen Foods, Inc. in the fresh produce area and the repack center (Gold King) until her retirement.
She was a member of the former, Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church in Macon County, Georgia. She faithfully served there before health failed in 2005. At which time, she became a resident of the Montezuma Health and Rehablitation Center in Montezuma, Georgia.
Survivors include her granddaughter, Pamela Irene Rogers of Jacksonville, Florida; grandsons, Milton and Rogers and Alonzo Dewayne Rogers, Jacksonville, Florida; Great Grandchildren, Cedric Rogers (Kenya), Annette Rogers, Sandra Simpson, Antonio Rogers, Samuel Simpson and Ebony Fulton. Other survivors include her eleven stepchildren, Ruby Nell Hart, Atlanta, Georgia, Brenda W. King (Eugene), Ellaville, Georgia, Mattie W. Hadley, Montezuma, Georgia, Fannie W. Brown (William), Oglethorpe, Georgia, Gladys W. Calloway, Oglethorpe, Georgia,, Elizabeth W. Murray (Rickey), Decatur, Georgia, Lavolia W. Hayes, Albany, Georgia, Eddie Walker (Verna), Marshallville, Georgia, Gloria W. Lumpkin (Willie), Oglethorpe, Georgia, Doris W. Pugh (Indavis), Montgomery, Alabama and Charles H. Walker (Anna), Oglethorpe, Georgia two nephews, Ernest Howard, Colorado and Gregory Howard of Hawaii, a host of step grandchildren, numerous step great grandchildren and step great great grandchildren and a host of cousins, including three devoted cousins, Mrs. Dora Mae Turner, Iona Gaines Mitchell and Louise Gaines Pettway.; other relatives and friends.