Joella Walker (1936-2020)

On Monday November 20th Joella Walker, matriarch of the Walker family, passed away at the
age of 84. She is survived by her husband, six adult children, and many grandchildren. Joella
was a foundational member of the community in Como, MS and a soul I feel very fortunate to
have gotten to know and love. In 2007, I travelled back to Como for Daptone to record singers
there for what would become the album “Como Now” and got to meet her and her husband Rev.
Raymond Walker for the first time. Several groups and soloists from around Panola County had
gathered at the church that day to record but none were more anticipated than the Walker clan.
They blessed our recording that day with their sublime sound and I went back many times for
more. Joella was generous and funny and a benevolent presence to be in. She loved and was
loved by her big family deeply. No longer earthbound, Joella Walker has now moved to her
room upstairs. The Walker family asks that we keep them in our prayers as they grieve. Drop
the needle on her solo “Jesus Walk With Me” and poor a little out for one of the baddest singers
around as another member of the Daptone family has moved on. Her family and friends are so
thankful for the time we had with her.

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