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Charles Benjamin Walker “Bill” was born in York, Pennsylvania to the late Benjamin F. Sexton, Jr. of Bamberg, SC and the late Ruth M. Walker Dixon of Bamberg, SC. He entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 30, 2022 after a bout from a long-term illness. He was surrounded by his immediate family. He received his formal education in York City Schools and graduated in 1957 from William Penn Senior High School and attended York College of Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, he worked at Cole Steel. In 1966, he began employment at Met-Ed/FirstEnergy as a Dispatch Clerk in the Line Department and he retired in April 2005 following 39 years of service. Charles was an active member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and served on the Trustee Board. He started his career as a cameraman at WSBA-TV/, channel 43 in the early 70s. After completing his certification with the FCC Third Class Radio Operator Licensing Board in Philadelphia, PA, he began his career as a part-time News Announcer and Disc Jockey with WSBA RADIO/910. This was no small accomplishment as Charles was the first African American Radio personality the station ever had. He was the longest part-time radio announcer who was known as the iconic” Beautiful Bill Walker” hosting the Saturday night Soul and Jazz shows as well as Sunday morning Gospel show. For many years he covered York City School Board meetings, York City Council meetings and newsworthy city events. During his time at WSBA Charles hosted his own talk show and later co-host a morning talk show with Mark McKenzie and Gary Sutton. Following his retirement, he continued to work part-time at WellSpan Health as a Technician I Courier until his second retirement in 2014. Charles’ footprint will forever be etched in the city of York, PA as the first African American City Controller appointed by York City Council on January 22, 2002. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his close cousins/siblings, Doretha McDaniel, Naomi Smith, Elizabeth Gassoway, Mary Burt and Charles Washington, Jr. and Charles is survived by his wife, Diana L. McDaniel Walker of 53 years; three beautiful children, Nicole E. Walker Parks (Carroll Parks), Alecia E. Walker Glover (late Marino Glover) and Brett C. Walker (Felecia Miller); his beloved grandchildren, Noah C. Glover, Saniyah B. Miller Walker, Gavin J. Walker, Leah E. Glover and Jamin A. Glover; one brother, Stanley Sexton of York, PA; ten sisters, Delores Dixon of Philadelphia, Corliss Hawk of Delaware, PA, Bertha Kennedy of York, PA, Barbara Sexton Johnson of York, PA, Mildred Sexton Proctor of York, PA, Rita Sexton Walker of York, PA, Christine Sexton McGee of Chandler, AZ, Doris Sexton Harris of Amherst, MA, Geraldine Sexton Jones of Springfield, MA and Elaine Sexton of Harrisburg, PA; one sister-in-law, Eleanor McDaniel of Ormond Beach, FL; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will miss him dearly. Charles’ life will be celebrated on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 10 AM in the Sanctuary of his church, Bethlehem Baptist Church, 474 South Pershing Ave., York, PA with viewing from 8:30 AM-10 AM and burial in Susquehanna Memorial Gardens, 250 Chestnut Hill Road, York, PA 17402. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to the Major H. Winfield Funeral Home Corp., 704 N. Front Street, Steelton, PA 17113. COVID-19 Guidelines will be observed with face masks for all attendees.

Posted online on January 04, 2023

Published in York Daily Record, York Dispatch

Service Information

Visitation

Sanctuary of his church Bethlehem Baptist Church, 474 South Pershing Ave., York, PA
January 07, 2023 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Celebration of Life

Sanctuary of his church Bethlehem Baptist Church, 474 South Pershing Ave., York, PA
January 07, 2023 at 11:00 AM