Laurice C. Walker, 93, died on June 24, 2016 at Hope Hospice at Shell Point, Fort Myers, Florida.
Laurice was born on September 25, 1922, in Tuskegee. She was the youngest of six children of Charles and Isabella Campfield. Her parents were both hired by Booker T. Washington as teachers in a model school outside of Tuskegee. They worked all of their lives on the Tuskegee campus.
Laurice received her BS degree from Tuskegee in 1943 and the following year married Lt. William C Walker, who was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen 332 Fighter Group. As a P 51 fighter pilot, he flew 34 combat missions from North Africa and Italy into Germany before ending his Air Corp service as a captain.
Returning to New Jersey after the war, Laurice began raising her three children: Lynn Laurice, born in Tuskegee; Michael William, born in Richmond, Virginia; and Craig Vincent, born in Atlantic City, N.J.
Laurice was a substitute teacher in the Atlantic City, N.J. School system and later began her social work career with The Division of Youth and Family Services (D.Y.F.S.). During this period, Laurice returned to school and earned her Master of Social Work degree at Rutgers University in 1964.
In 1966, Laurice left D.Y.F.S. to help create the original office of Special Services at Oakcrest High School in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. She completed 26 years as a member of the Adolescent Study Team. She was a member of the National Association of: Social Workers; the Academy of Certified Social Workers; and she was also a Board Certified Clinical Social Worker. Laurice was Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissions of the Atlantic City Housing Authority and Urban Development Agency.
Laurice was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, William C. Walker Jr., and sons, Craig Vincent Walker and Michael William Walker. She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Laurice Walker-Casper and son-in-law Robert A. Casper of Fort Myers, Florida. Laurice is also survived by four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the Greenidge Funeral Home in Atlantic City, N.J. Visitation will be from 11-11:30 a.m. The service will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by interment next to her husband William and son Craig in Pleasantville, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, Laurice would have wanted donations in her memory to Hope Hospice at Shell Point, 15010 Shell Point Boulevard., Fort Myers, FL 33908.