Lela Cogburn Walker

Sunday, January 26, 1930 - Monday, July 27, 2020

A Joy to Everyone

Photo of Lela Cogburn Walker  - 1930-2020

Canton- Our precious “Little Mamaw”, Lela Mae Cogburn Walker, blessed with 90 years of a wonderful life, peacefully entered into her glorious place in Heaven on Monday July 27, 2020 with her loving daughters at her side.

Lela was born January 26, 1930 to the late Glenn Cogburn and the late Alice Cornelia Warren Cogburn. She had made her home in Haywood County all of her life and Lela was so very proud of being raised in the Chinquapin Community of Cruso.  With her kind and sweet ways it was easy for Lela to make friends and everyone who knew her loved her.  She was an employee of Lustar Dye and Finishing located in Asheville where she retired with many years of dedicated service. It was often said that Lustar had to close their plant to get Lela to retire! Her great love for her family was always evident when speaking to Lela. Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren were her pride and joy and they all loved to spend time with their “Little Mamaw”, especially on Sundays when Lela cooked for hours preparing the most delicious meal that you have ever tasted. Everyone always felt welcome at Lela’s home and when friends and neighbors visited she treated them just as if they were part of her family. To bring a smile to Lela’s face one just had to say, “Let’s go out to eat’, that was one her favorite things to do. She loved beautiful flowers and one could find all types of plants and blooming blossoms around her home. On yard sale days Lela was up and ready to go and she managed to always find a bargain or a treasure. Her faith was an important part of her life and Lela was a devoted member of High Street Baptist Church. She was truly an example of a mother that gave her life to her family, always placing her family’s needs before her own. Our hearts are broken for her to leave us but we give thanks to our Lord above for giving her to us for 90 blessed years. “Our Little Mamaw” was a joy to each of us and this world is a better place because of Lela’s presence and love. She was the most wonderful mother that could ever be.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Walker who passed away in 2005; two daughters, Joey and Debby; step-daughters, Dorothy, Debbie and Marilyn; grandchildren, Dylan and Tonya; brothers, Victor, Howard, and Gary.

To hold her precious memory in their hearts forever are her daughters, Carolyn Paige, Sandy Haney and her husband, Randy and Gale Evans and her husband, Craig; her son, Jeff “Smoky” Walker and a step-son, Edward Walker; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren that Lela loved deeply; a half-sister, Patsy Cogburn; a step-sister, Barbara Price and a multitude of dear friends.

A graveside funeral service for family and friends to honor and celebrate the blessed life of Lela Cogburn Walker will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Kerry Lathrop will be officiating. Her grandsons and family will be serving as pallbearers.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for Lela and her family.   

Condolences from family and friends

Ms. Lela was a very kind and precious lady. She was also a wonderful Mother-in-law. My sincere condolences to the family. I know she will be dearly missed.
Bob Milner
Carolyn, I am so sorry about your mother. I always enjoyed going out with her to eat, she was so sweet and always happy. She tickled me when Doug would make her feel so special, and she loved it so much. He always made her smile!! If there's anything I can do, please let me know. Love you!
Lynn Davis
Sandy we are so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.
Mike and Gail Burrell
She was such a wonderful woman! She brought such a smile to everyone around her!❤️ I’m really gonna miss her! And I love her so much❤️
Jodi mason
Sandy I’m sorry for your lose my prayers are with you and your family, if you need anything please feel free to call me you can get me Facebook ok.
Kevin L Paxton
I am so sad to hear the passing of Lela. I remember when my family moved to Canton she and the rest of her wonderful family were there to welcome us when we were downtown Canton and met them all. She was such a sweet sweet person. I remember her well and am saddened by this news. Prayers for the family during this time.
Amy Jones
Sorry for your loss God has another angel in the choir God bless all of her family’s
Kathleen Whitted
so sorry for your loss...
Regina King
Carolyn and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and keep you through your grief. I love you and your family. God be with you.
Sharon Woodrow
The world lost a very sweet woman. I worked with Lela at LuStar Dying and Finishing. I really enjoyed when we were on break together. I will miss her.
Delores Chadwick
I will miss Lela. I worked with her at LuStar Dying and Finishing. I really enjoyed when we went on break together.
Delores Chadwick
I loved sweet Lela! She was one the kindest people I have ever met! She always had a smile on her face, and was such a joy to know! Love and prayers for her family during this hard time!
Gail Lawrence Cope
I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.
Janice Gibson
So sorry for your loss. She was a sweet lady. She will be missed at High Street Baptist
Pamela and Ray Ewart
Dear Sandy and Randy, I was sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. May the Lord give you solace in knowing she is with Him. Blessings, Ron
Ronald Morrow
Lela was a special neighbor...although I didn't talk with her much, I would often see her standing looking out the front door or sitting on her front porch watching me work in the yard or watching over the neighborhood. She always smiled and waved to say "hi". I wondered last week why I did not see her in the door window or on the porch. I will miss that wave and smile. My mother, Joann, thought so much of her when I was growing up. She talked of her often. She will be missed by many, but know she is in heaven and at peace. Prayers to her family.
Tony Reid