Pearle B. Walker

June 20, 2013 

Pearle Beddingfield Walker, formerly of Hickory, passed away peacefully at Rex Hospital in Raleigh on June 18, 2013. She was born October 17, 1919 to the late Luther and Grace Stepp Beddingfield in Henderson County. She moved with her family to Hickory at age 16.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ernest D. Walker, Sr.; daughter, Jeanette Walker Coffey; two brothers, Luther, Jr. and James Beddingfield; and three sisters, Ruth Honeycutt, Maybelle Smith and Lois Beddingfield.

She is survived by her son E.D. Walker and wife, Jerry Sue of Raleigh; her sister, Betty Hoover and husband Earl of Burlington; grandchildren, Carol W. Hatchett (Mitchell) of Raleigh; Jeff Walker (Amanda) of Ithaca, NY; Mike Coffey (Carol) of Fort Douglas, Utah; and Michelle Coffey of Lincolnton. She also has six great-grandchildren, Ford, Alex and Bailey Hatchett, Linus Walker, Christopher Coffey and Kathern Dutton; and four step-grandchildren.

She graduated from Flat Rock High School and attended Clevenger College. She was employed at Sharpe Motor Lines for over 30 years and at Zacks Yogurt for 5 years.

Pearle was a member of East Hickory Baptist Church and taught for years in the Primary Department of Sunday School. Although she lived with E.D. and Jerry Sue in Raleigh for the last five years because of health issues, Hickory was “home”, and she dearly loved all of her friends and extended family there.

Funeral services will be held at East Hickory Baptist Church on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Tracey Mull officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 – 3:00 p.m. at the church.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Pearle Beddingfield Walker and condolences may be left at

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