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Flora Euple Walker

Euple Blackburn Walker’s life journey came to a peaceful close on Wednesday September 25, 2019 when, surrounded by family, she passed away at Oak Manor Nursing Home within weeks of her 101st birthday. From the many whose lives she touched with only her welcoming smile and friendly greeting to those of us whose lives she shaped with her deep love and wise counsel - she will be missed. A service of thanksgiving will be held Monday September 30, 2019 at 10:30 AM in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce. The family will greet friends in the church foyer beginning at 9:30 AM.

When Flora Euple Blackburn was born in Mantachie, Mississippi on Friday November 29, 1918 the war to end all wars - World War I – had been over for only 18 days. Floor length dresses, oil lamps, and horse drawn wagons were the norm as Koger and Zera Moore Blackburn welcomed their eldest child into the world. They named her Flora for her paternal grandmother – who she grew up to resemble; but she was always known by her middle name –Euple. Perhaps her parents realized their blue-eyed daughter was an original and wanted an original name.

On Thanksgiving Day 1924 - her sixth birthday - Euple Blackburn arrived by train in Fairlie, Texas. For her remaining 94 years, she would live in or near the small farm community she loved and whose history she helped preserve. In 1977, with her dear friend Carolyn Burt, she compiled a family history, Days to Remember Sonora-Fairlie, 1850-1977. As a member of the Hunt County Historical Commission, she was instrumental in getting the state historical marker for Sonora Cemetery erected in 1984. Later, at a youthful age 80, Euple served with Carolyn on the committee responsible for publishing an area history, From Tall Grass to High Cotton Bailey, Celeste, Commerce, Fairlie, Gober, Wolfe City and Surrounding Communities. After graduating from Wolfe City High School, Euple Blackburn married Fairlie native, James Deward Walker, on December 10, 1940. The marriage lasted for 54 years until Deward’s death in May 1995 and produced three sons and three daughters. An honest and remarkably perceptive parent, Euple knew each child’s talents and challenges and devoted herself to teaching self-reliance, discipline, personal integrity, and kindness. She didn’t accept excuses, make any allowance for minor illnesses, or tolerate meanness, but was never too tired to help with homework, make a new dress for a special occasion, or put a good meal on the table. Her children and grandchildren simply adored her.

When the children were grown, Euple used her free time for church work and community service helping with the many worthwhile projects of the United Methodist Women, the Fairlie Ladies Club, and the Captain Charles Croxall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution where she served a term as Regent. Into her 90s, Euple served as the treasurer of the Sonora Cemetery Association helping to see the cemetery was maintained and preparing for the annual homecoming. In 1990, Euple along with three other strong Blackburn women documented her family history in – Our Blackburn Branch 1759-1989. Friends who know Euple best through her membership in the First United Methodist Church of Commerce and the Triple L Sunday School Class will not be surprised to learn that her family tree was chock full of Methodist ministers. She was the direct descendant of Reverend James A. Blackburn – a veteran of the Revolutionary War - who in 1818 - with son Joel - founded one of the earliest surviving Methodist congregations in Alabama, and the 2nd great granddaughter of Anna Fry Blackburn. The same qualities noted in Anna’s 1872 obituary including her “Godly walk and example” describe Euple today. We could use the close of Anna’s Christian Advocate obituary for Euple’s. “Many from the lowly walks of life shared her charity, and all within the bounds of her acquaintance called her blessed.”

Euple is preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Lester Blackburn, and her sister Ahtrell Blackburn Dalton, her husband, James Deward Walker, and son Thomas Ray Walker. She is survived by her sister Margaret Blackburn Floyd of Dayton, Ohio, sister-in-law Ina Blackburn of Atlanta, Ga., and five children - daughter Carole Walker of Commerce, son James Walker and wife Patti of Pflugerville, Texas, daughter Margaret Walker White and husband Dick of Dallas, Texas, son Daniel Robert Walker and wife Dianne of Tyler, Texas, daughter Mary Walker Stokic and husband Mike of North Richland Hills, Texas and daughter-in-law Michelle Ballew Walker of Little Elm, Texas. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, many extended family members, and an amazing number of friends. Four grandsons – Brandon Walker, Benjamin Walker, Brent Wilson, and Ron Davis - along with nephews Mike and John Dooley will serve as pallbearers.

Participating in the service Monday morning will be granddaughters Tiffany Walker, Mandy Walker Wilson, and Mattie Walker. Following the service, Euple will be laid to rest beside her husband at Sonora Cemetery in Fairlie, Texas. The family wishes to thank Ms. Sharon Blakely, Ms. Brenda Lewis, and Ms. Erica Green whose love and devotion to our Mother is deeply appreciated. Also, our thanks go out to Dr. Rick Selvaggi, and the staffs of Country Home Estates and Oak Manor Nursing Home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Sonora Cemetery Association and the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.


Monday, September 30, 2019
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

First United Methodist Church
1709 State Highway 50
Commerce, Texas 75428

Funeral Service

Monday, September 30, 2019
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

First United Methodist Church
1709 State Highway 50
Commerce, Texas 75428


Monday, September 30, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Sonora Cemetery
6211 County Road 4705
Fairlie, Texas 75428

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Blessing to you and yours, Carole. May you find peace and hope.

Ron Thomas Sep 29 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry for the loss, the family is in my prayers

Kendra alex Sep 28 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry we have lost such a special lady! We love you. John, Nell & family.

John & Nell Avery Sep 26 2019 12:00 AM