Former CBF worker dies from cancer

Terry Walton, 51, ended her battle with cancer, dying at her home in Cornelia, Ga., on Thursday.

This story was edited after posting to correct an error in the second paragraph.

By Bob Allen

Terry Walton, a 15-year employee of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Atlanta, died Oct. 17 at her home in Cornelia, Ga., with complications from cancer.

terry waltonWalton, 51, worked in positions including associate coordinator for marketing and resource development and manager of Missional Gatherings. She was diagnosed shortly after leaving her job.

She was featured in March 2012 in a series of blog videos titled “Why I Love CBF.”

A preacher’s daughter from Fairhope, Ala., Walton enjoyed a long career of service through music and ministry. She served as pianist at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala.; Johns Creek Baptist Church in Alpharetta, Ga.; First Baptist Church in Cornelia, Ga.; and Clarkesville United Methodist Church in Clarkesville, Ga.

She also worked in public relations at her alma mater, Mobile College, and on the staff of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

She is survived by three daughters, a sister, two brothers, nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

Former co-worker Constance McNeill remembered her on Facebook as “loving, kind, gentle, raucous, loud, fun, infectious laughter, strong hugs, warm eyes, talented, creative, could not be contained, bigger than life, filling up Heaven.”

Visitation will be held 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 19 at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, in Demorest, Ga. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church in Cornelia, Ga, at 4 p.m. Oct. 19 and at First Baptist Church in Spanish Fort, Ala., at 11 a.m. Oct. 22, with visitation at 10 a.m. and interment immediately following at Mobile Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Clarkesville United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left on the Whitfield Funeral Homes website.