By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: July 9, 2018 | 11:45 a.m.
DINWIDDIE – One of Dinwiddie County’s hometown heroes was able to finally be honored by the board of supervisors for her countless contributions to the community after being away during the county’s annual celebration earlier this year.
At their June meeting, supervisors formally recognized Hattie Walker, one of four members of the community who were honored for their dedication to Dinwiddie County over their lives by making contributions to the community in areas of government, law enforcement, education, public safety, the faith-based community, business, the advancement of civil rights, agriculture or community service during a special ceremony held in February during Black History Month.
At the time, Walker was away in Flordia, where she spends winters with her daughter, so her recognition was received by her brother Robert Mitchell on her behalf, but Walker had her heart set on thanking the board and community for their nomination for this honor when she returned to Dinwiddie.
Walker was born on January 4, 1925, to George T. Mitchell and Eulalia Mitchell and she received her elementary education in Petersburg and Dinwiddie Public School systems. Her secondary education was received at D. Webster Davis High School, a laboratory school at Virginia State College, now known as Virginia State University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Virginia State College in 1945 and earned a Master’s degree from the same institution in Secondary Education in 1956.
In addition to her schooling at Virginia State, Walker has completed courses in School Administration at Virginia Tech, William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University.
Walker was employed as a stenographer in Washington, D.C. from June 1945 to April 1946. Also in 1946, she was employed by the Dinwiddie County School Board to teach at the Dinwiddie Training School. In 1956, she was assigned to teach business courses at Southside High School. She served as the Vocational Director for Dinwiddie County Public Schools for six years, and Director of Instruction in Dinwiddie County for three years, before retiring in 1987.
Hattie Walker poses for a photo with the Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors following her being formally recognized by the board as a hometown hero.
In February of 1969, Walker was initiated into the Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, where she held several offices, including president. She is a charter member Tau Phi Omega Chapter where she has also served as president.
Locally, she was a member of the Dinwiddie Education Association, where she served in several capacities, including president. Walker has also been a member of the Virginia Education Association, National Education Association, and Virginia Association of Vocational Education.
Walker’s church home is Dinwiddie’s Mount Level Baptist, where she is past-president of the Willing Workers, has served as church secretary, Director of Christian Education, Sunday School teacher, and Bible School leader.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Dominion Health System, Inc – Dinwiddie Medical Center, since its opening in 2010. She is a charter member, and past president, of the Dinwiddie Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.
Walker is the widow of the late Robert E. Walker; has one daughter, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
During last month’s meeting, supervisors and county leaders offered messages of thanks to Walker for all the things she has done in Dinwiddie over her decades of service to the community.
“When this award first came out, your name was there at the beginning,” Dinwiddie County Administrator Kevin Massengill remarked. “You have no idea how many people you have impacted directly or indirectly through your work. This board truly recognizes that our community is made up of powerful people and it doesn’t take a lot of recognizing people for what they do.”
“I am extremely excited that Ms. Walker was able to come today,” Supervisor Daniel Lee said. “She is family in my book. Her family and our family have known each other forever.”
“You know when we look back on our lives one day after we get a little bit further along, I hope we all can look at our lives and say it was like Ms. Walker’s,” Chairman Dr. Mark Moore said as members of the audience nodded in agreement. “The lives that you touch make a difference and I think that is what all of our aspire to do, make a difference in people’s lives so we thank you for the lives you have touched and those who you will continue to touch as we go forward.”
Following the board’s comments, a smiling and humbled Walker offered her own remarks to supervisors and fellow residents.
“I have had a wonderful life, all 93 years of it,” Walker said. “It has been wonderful and I have met so many people. There is no other place in the world I would rather than right here in Dinwiddie.”
Along with Hattie Walker, Harold Walker, Legert Hamilton, and Ruby Evans were also honored as part of the annual recognition.