Kizzie Mae Sandifer Walter was born on November 8, 1932 in Prescott, Arkansas. She was the second child of sixteen born to the union of Carter and Bessie Lee Sandifer.
Kizzie confessed her hope in Christ at a very early age and was a life long member of Mt. Cana Baptist Church. She was a graduate of McRae High School in Prescott, Arkansas. After the passing of her mother, Kizzie was a mother to all of her sisters and brothers. She was truly a village mother who gave wise advice, while always being there to lend a helping hand.
She met the handsome Johnnie Walter, a young entrepreneur whom she later married. They were married for over 60 years, until his passing on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. To this union a daughter was born, Luwanna Walter.
Kizzie alongside her husband “Uncle Jr.” owned and operated Walter Trucking and later expanded to Johnny Walter Sand and Gravel. Kizzie ran the office and worked as secretary to Johnny. Through partnerships with numerous businesses through the Southern Arkansas Region their business was successful and prosperous.
Kizzie was known for her bologna and BBQ sandwiches, red apples, lemon cookies and soda pops. Her home was often the place for family get-togethers and holiday dinners. She had a natural “green-thumb” and could grow anything from fruit and vegetables to flowers.
She truly loved the Lord and her church and was a living testimony. Her favorite son was “May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me”. She enjoyed singing, going to church and keeping Mt. Cana Church going until her health began to decline. She worked in several capacities; whether it was picking up the youth for Sunday school and church or facilitating programs. Christmas was her favorite time of the year and she made sure that every member had a gift under the Christmas tree, even if it was a roll of toilet tissue.
Kizzie was a boiling pot, soul food cooking woman who loved to cook. Her trademarks were BBQ dinners, cakes, pies, fried apple pies and chicken dressing. She was an outstanding seamstress and worked at both the Prescott Garment Factory and Ila Upchurch Sewing Center.
Her warm smile, sassy spirit and tender heart will be truly missed. After 87 season of life she passed into the Lord’s embrace on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Hillcrest Nursing Home with family at her side.
Although her physical body is no longer here, but her irreplaceable presence will be missed. She leaves memories with two sisters, Myrtle Woodley of Prescott, AR and Lille Faye (John) Gray of Madera, CA; three brothers, William (Dorothy) Sandifer of Eagan, MN, Bernard (Jeannie) Sandifer of Pine Bluff, AR and Wallace Sandifer of Los Angeles, CA. She also leaves a special niece and caregiver, Janice Ruth Bryant of Prescott, AR and a special nephew, Derrell Woodley of Prescott, AR, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 2:00 -5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Williams Funeral Home. Home going services will be Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11:00 at Munns Chapel Baptist Church in Prescott, Arkansas with Rev. Charles Young, eulogist. Visitation will also be held Saturday at the church one hour prior to service time. Interment will be at Sweet Home Cemetery in Prescott.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Gillard, Dolphus Dispute, Odell Harris, Derrick Woodley, Antoine Woodley and Dale Gulley. Honorary pallbearers will be William Sandifer, Bernard Sandifer, Wallace Sandifer, Derrell Woodley, William Flemons and Fred Wilbon.