The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Union Tabernacle Baptist Church, Corner of Adderton and Magnolia Streets, Americus, Georgia. Burial will follow at the Eastview Cemetery (Family Lot), Americus, Georgia.
Mother Sarah Yates Walton was born on April 29, 1921 to the parents of the late Robert and Mary Jane Yates in Hawkinsville, Pulaski County Georgia. She was educated in the public schools in Pulaski County Georgia. At an early age, she gave her life to Christ and worked faithfully for the Lord until her death. She married the late Mr. Columbus Brown Sr. and moved to Miami, Florida. She later married Mr. Willie Walton and moved to Americus, Georgia, where she resided until her death.
She was the mother of seven children. Six of her children preceded her in death: Miss Sarah L. Brown, Mr. Vernon Brown (V.W.), Mr. Ronald Brown, Mrs. Anita Davis, Mr. Columbus Brown, Jr., and Mr. Willie L. Walton (Bubba). One daughter survives, Mother Johnnie Vaughn, who was her faithful caregiver until the Lord called Mother Walton home. She also has two devoted sons-in-law, Deacon Robert Vaughn, Jr. and Bro. Charles Davis; two devoted daughters-in-law, Mrs. Hazel Brown and Mrs. Patricia Walton. In addition, Mother Walton has several “adopted” children: Mr. Pat Bynum, Ms. Frances Bynum, and Ms. Betsy Bynum.
Mother Walton worked as a domestic housekeeper for the Bynum family for eighteen years and for the Austin family for ten years. She also worked at the Wild Street Daycare Center for over ten years as a caregiver for young children. She and her husband, Mr. Willie Walton owned and operated Walton’s Snack Bar for a number of years.
Mother Walton is survived by thirteen grandchildren: Sheila V. Moran, Stacey L. (Ricky) Towns, Carlton E. (Sarah) Zanders, Shonda (Mark) Reid, Teresa Stewart, Christopher Dante (Tachelle) Walton, Willie L. (Telesa) Walton, Jr., Kamika D. Bush, Whitley L. Walton, Kenyatta Thomas, Carolina Barron, Keyanna Nunn, Arthur C. Barron, and Carlton G. Maye (Patricia), a god grandson. She is also survived by thirty great grandchildren, fourteen great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mother Walton was the oldest member of the Union Tabernacle Baptist Church, where she served faithfully in many capacities until her health failed.
Mother Walton had a kind, caring, generous heart, and she never met a stranger. She loved the Lord, her family, her pastor and first lady, her church, and her friends. She had a sharp wit, a feisty personality, and she could always keep you laughing. Mother Walton had a number of people who were especially close to her and felt like a part of her family. Several friends who were especially close to her are Rev. Roosevelt Kee, Sis. Keena Clark, and Sis. Lula Laster. Ms. Linda Smith was her devoted nurse and caregiver until her death.