RUSSELL WALKER: Russell Walker is perhaps one of the best Bible expositors in this Association at present. He was born at Fordsville, (Ohio County,) Kentucky, on July 2, 1888, and is the son of Clinton H. and Lula May Walker. He attended the common schools at hand and also graduated from High School and State Normal School. After being called to preach he spent two years at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he studied English Bible under the great Dr. B. H. Carroll. For about three years he taught school.
Our subject was converted in a revival held by Rev. H. D. Burch at the Pleasant Grove Church, Ohio County, Kentucky, in November, 1901, and was baptized into the fellowship of that Church by the pastor, Rev. W. R. Oldham. This same Church licensed him to preach the Gospel in July, 1909, and in September, 1911, he was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by Revs. C. M. Corley, W. R. Oldham, and W. W. Williams. He had been called to the pastorate of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Breckenridge [sic] County, Kentucky, and this same Church requested the Pleasant Grove Church to ordain him. He has served the following Churches: Macedonia, Clover Creek, Hite's Run, Stephensport, and English, in Breckenridge [sic] County; Caneyville and New Hope in Grayson County; Pleasant Hill, Adaburg, Hartford, and Barnett's Creek in Ohio County; Buck Creek and Basin in McLean County; Friendship in Hancock County; Whitely City in McCreary County, Panther Creek, Bethabara, and Seven Hills in Daviess County. All of these pastorates were either one-fourth or one-half time with the exception of Hartford, from November, 1917, to December, 1922; Whitely City, from October, 1928, to October, 1930; and Seven Hills, from January, 1932, to March, 1936. He was in the ministry from 1911 to 1938, over a quarter of a century, and nearly all this time was spent in village and rural Churches.
Our brother served as Assistant Moderator of the Breckenridge [sic] County and Ohio County Associations; as Chairman and Clerk of the District Mission Board of the Ohio County Association; as the Assistant Chairman of the District Mission Board of the Daviess- McLean Association; and as a member of the State Mission Board from McCreary County Association in 1929-1931. He preached the annual sermon before the Breckenridge [sic] County Association in 1914 and 1917; the same before the Ohio County Association in 1914 and 1938; before Goshen Association in 1937; and before the Daviess County Association in 1925. Thomas Todd, formerly of Fordsville, Kentucky, entered the ministry under his preaching and is at present the Secretary of the Anti-Saloon League, State of Oregon.
Mrs. Walker was formerly Miss Vava A. Duncan, the daughter of James P. and Elmina Duncan. They have five children, John Carroll, Dorothy Page, William Russell, James Hart, and Anna Jean. The two oldest boys are at present in the armed forces of the United States. Both have majored in the field of Radio with much success. Brother Walker has been serving as a guard at the Ken-Rad Corporation since about the year 1939.
"A HISTORY OF THE DAVIESS-McLEAN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION IN KENTUCKY, 1844-1943" by Wendell H. Rone. Probably published in 1944 by Messenger Job Printing Co., Inc., Owensboro, Kentucky, pp. 410-411.