Lucille Settle Walker was born Oct. 10, 1924, in Ward, W.Va. to Frank and Ida Mae Paxton Settle, both members of the Shrewsbury Church of God.
She was saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit; water baptized in the Kanawha River and joined the church in 1933, all before her 10th birthday. She was called into full-time service for God at a prayer meeting while still in high school in 1942. Just before high school graduation, the Lord spoke clearly to her, “Following graduation, I want you to go to the Slaughter’s Creek Baptist Church across the river and conduct a revival.” The Lord honored her obedience with people coming to salvation and renewed commitments to the Lord in a packed out two-week meeting. That fall her brother, Rancel, gave her the $100 she needed to go to Bible Training School in Sevierville.
While studying at Bible Training School, 1942-1945, she worked in the president’s office and taught students needing to complete high school. During vacations and breaks she evangelized with Helen Gleason in North Dakota, conducting evening revival services, DVBS during the day, and holding street meetings on Saturdays. She also taught in Pennsylvania in Dr. Brinsfield’s summer schools. She studied Spanish at the University of Mexico while working as secretary to the COG director of Mexico. In May 1944, she received her ordained ministers license No. 6990 with the Church of God. After completing her associated of arts as valedictorian of her class at B.T.S., she attended Scarritt College in Nashville, earning her bachelor of arts degree in social work and Christian Education in 1947. Later she went to George Peabody College earning her masters of arts in teaching in 1955. During this time, J. Herbert Walker Jr. earned his master’s of divinity degree at Vanderbilt University. He and Lucille rode the bus together to attend services at the Meridian Street Church of God. They became close friends and after graduation on Aug.29, 1947, were married at her home church in Cedar Grove, W. Va.
Two weeks after their wedding on Sept, 15, 1947, she and Herbert were sent by the Church of God World Missions to Haiti for teaching and supervisory work as missionaries until 1953. They were blessed with two daughters: Sharon Dianne and Crystal Deana during this time. From 1953-1957 they moved to San Antonio, Texas, and Lucille taught in the public school system while Herbert was assistant superintendent of Latin America. Later in 1969 they moved to New York City and ministered with C.U.R.E. Corps (Collegiate Urban Renewal Effort), an inner city ministry of the Rev. David Wilkerson. Then in 1970-1976 she and Herbert served as missionaries to Europe and the Middle East. From 1976-1988 they traveled extensively in ministry while Herbert was coordinator of World Missions Education outside the USA, assistant director and then director of World Missions. She led and taught in STEP trips as part of the COG Youth Department’s mission outreach.
She studied and evangelized in a Crossroads Discipleship Training School with Youth with a Mission and went on several mission trips with Men and Women of Action. In 1998, she was selected “Lady Minister of the Year” by Evangelism and Home Missions Department in recognition of her 54 years of ministry at home and abroad. Education has been an important area of ministry for her. She taught in public schools in Nashville and San Antonio. While on the faculty of Lee University, she was a librarian and taught English and Speech from 1957-1962. She was director of student activities from 1978-1980 and director of Title IV, a federal grant program for tutoring students at risk from 1980-1987. She received the “Distinguished Alumni Award” in 1985 from Lee University. In 1962-1967, at the Church of God Publishing House, she was the editor of youth literature and wrote the “Devotional” in the Church of God Evangel.
She has given significant service to her community. In 1967-1969 she organized and directed the “War on Poverty” Bradley/Cleveland Community Action. It was awarded the Outstanding Community Action Agency in the Southeast USA. She counseled youth in C.U.R.E. Corps in New York City and in various COG Youth Camps through-out the USA, trained and counseled for a 24-hour Telephone Crisis Intervention ministry, trained and worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant and facilitated groups for Grief Support in Cleveland. She has been a member of the boards of Church of God Home for Children, Curriculum Commission of the National Association of Evangelicals and Family Life Commission.
She was the author of numerous articles and materials. She co-authored two works with her husband, “Haiti” and “God’s Living Room” and wrote two books on prayer, “What to Do When You Pray” and “Lord, “Teach Us to Pray.” Since its beginning in 1986, she has been a member of the Church of God Prayer Commission.
In August 2004 she was awarded the “Anna Award” for her contribution in prayer efforts for the Church of God. Since 1989 Lucille has also been an active member of the World Missions Personnel Committee.
Her lifelong companion, Dr. Rev. J. Herbert Walker Jr. after 41 years of marriage and ministry together went to be with the Lord on Dec. 16, 1988, while he was president of the Church of God Theological Seminary. Her parents, Ida Mae Paxton Settle and Frank Settle; her brothers: James Rancel Settle, Cecil Settle and her special cousin, Seibert Paxton also preceded her in death. She was a longtime member of the North Cleveland Church of God.
Survivors include her daughters: Sharon Dianne Walker of Atascadero, Calif., and Crystal Deana Walker of Cleveland; her brother, Franklin Settle and his wife, Susan, of Norcross, Ga.; her sisters-in-law: Grace Delatour and her husband, Russ, of Dallas, Texas, Phyllis Walker of Westerville, Ohio, and Georgia Paxton of Wildwood, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
The Remembrance of Life service will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. from the Dixon Chapel of North Cleveland Church of God with Dr. Douglas LeRoy, Dr. Bill George, Dr. Tim Hill and Pastor Mitch Maloney officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
She will be able to be viewed from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, before the funeral at the Dixon Chapel of the North Cleveland Church of God.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Church of God World Missions, project number 760-0055, 2490 Keith St. N.W. Cleveland, TN 37311 or to the J. H. and Lucille Walker Scholarship Fund, Lee University, 1120 North Ocoee Street, Cleveland, TN 37311 or to the Lucille Settle Walker Scholarship Fund, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, 900 Walker Street, Cleveland, TN 37311.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at the North Ocoee Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes.
You may share your condolences and your memories with the Walker family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.