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Walter Lee Durham, Sr.

December 11, 1941 December 17, 2018
Walter  Lee  Durham, Sr.
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Obituary for Walter Lee Durham, Sr.

Walter Lee Durham, Sr. was born on December 11, 1941 in Vance County, North Carolina, son of the late Adlene Williams Durham and Johnnie L. Durham, Sr.

Walter was raised as a Christian and lived as a God-fearing man who knew and loved the Lord. He was educated in the Vance County Public School System. During his teenage and early adult life, Walter was known to frequent Bullocksville Park (Vance County, NC) where he played baseball and socialized. Walter met the love of his life, the former Marion Joyce Seward, and was joined in holy matrimony on July 2, 1967. They were blessed with seven children: Elvira, Anthony, Walter Jr., Frederick, Cory, Curtis and Joanna.

In 1970, Walter and Marion moved to New Jersey to establish a new life together. Walter embodied the definition of “hardworking”. He was employed as a chemical operator but also assumed tasks of firefighter and medic at American Cyanamid (Cytec Industries) in Linden, NJ, where he retired after twenty-five years of service. Although Walter was employed full-time at American Cyanamid, he also worked as a bus driver for Academy Tours for over twenty years. During the last several years of his work-life, Walter was an owner-operator of a trucking company, as his grandkids would affectionately say, “the BIG truck”.

Walter was a stern, highly focused and motivated man who spent most of his time working two jobs to provide for his family… his family was his MAIN priority. Affectionately known to his family as “Bay”, Walter was loved and respected by all who knew him. In his pastime, he loved to listen to gospel music, especially anything sung by Al Green, and though he did not watch much television except for the news, he was a consistent viewer of the Lifetime channel and the New York Mets’ baseball games.

On Monday, December 17, 2018, Walter Lee Durham, Sr. departed this earthly life at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland.

He was predeceased by his parents Johnnie and Adlene Durham; his daughter, Elvira Taylor McKnight; four brothers: Johnnie Durham, Jr., Charlie Durham, Ellis Durham and Alphonso Durham and one sister, Dora Wimbush.

Walter leaves to cherish with fond memories, his beloved wife of fifty-one years, Marion Seward Durham of Linden, NJ; five sons: Anthony Russell, Sr. (Alesia) of Stafford, VA, Walter Lee Durham Jr. of Linden, NJ, Frederick Durham, Sr. (Leigh) of Middletown, DE, Cory Durham of Linden, NJ and Curtis Durham of Upper Marlboro, MD; one daughter, Joanna Durham of Middletown, DE; four sisters: Leila Brown of Roselle, NJ, Alberta Jefferson (John) of Dunellen, NJ, Rosa Jennings of Linden, NJ and Vivian Joseph (Carlos) of Henderson, NC; one brother: Larry Durham (Vernetta) of Robbinsville, NJ; eighteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren plus one due to arrive in February 2019; five brothers-in-law: Moses Seward, Matthew Seward, Sr. (Frances), Wallace Haskins, Walter Marrow Sr., and Leroy Talley; two sisters-in-law: Helen Durham, Lucy Durham; four close family friends: Miguel Pereya, Stacise Redding, Kimberley James and Cedric Addison; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.


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Visitation

Saturday

22

Dec

8:30 AM 12/22/2018 8:30:00 AM - 9:30 AM 12/22/2018 9:30:00 AM
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church

1002 Rivington Street
Rev. Milton A. Byrd Plaza
Roselle, NJ 07203

Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1002 Rivington Street Roselle 07203 NJ
United States

Service

Saturday

22

Dec

9:30 AM 12/22/2018 9:30:00 AM
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church

1002 Rivington Street
Rev. Milton A. Byrd Plaza
Roselle, NJ 07203

Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1002 Rivington Street Roselle 07203 NJ
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Rosehill Cemetery Final Resting Place

792 E. Edgar Road
Linden, NJ 07036

792 E. Edgar Road Linden 07036 NJ
United States
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