OBITUARY

Walter H. Durant

May 18, 1934March 5, 2019
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Walter Howard Durant was born on May 18, 1934 in Birmingham, Alabama to the union of the late Vivian & Simon Durant. Walter was the eldest of two children born to this union. Walter and his younger brother Ronald were inseparable.

Walter received Christ at an early age at Bethel Baptist Church in the Collegeville Community.

He attended Hudson Elementary School and A.H. Parker High School in Birmingham, where he excelled in Match and Science. Walter was a graduate of Alabama A&M University, majoring in Chemistry.

Walter began his teaching career in Shelby County, Alabama. During this time, he was drafted into the military serving the Army Chemical Corp. for two years.

As blessings came, Walter was blessed to be joined in matrimony to Geraldine Prince. To this union Toni Yvette was born.

Walter received his Masters Degree from Alabama A&M. While studying at Berrien Springs University as well, he met the Superintendent of Schools for Wayne Westland, Michigan. As a result of this meeting, Walter began his teaching career in Michigan.

He taught at Marshall Junior High School and later became Principal of Adams Middle School from which he retired as principal. After retirement, Walter worked at Madonna College as a supervisor of beginning teachers and also at Wayne County Community College.

Walter was an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., pledging in 1952. He received an award for devotion and service as a sixty-year Omega Legend. He was also a member of the Patriot Guard Riders in Florida.

Walter met Patricia Simon, the love of his life in 1987. The two became one on July 27, 1991, a union that lasted 27 years. Walter loved the outdoors, hunting, riding his motorcycle and traveling in his R.V.

He and Pat had many memorable years snow birding from Michigan to their 5th wheel in Bushnell, Florida in their motor home.

He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved and devoted wife Patricia, daughters Toni (Darrel); and Anita (Brett); brother Ronald (Katherine); sisters-in-law Barbara Johnson & Barbara Crane and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A special good-bye to all the students he taught.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Monday, March 11, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, March 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Walter H. Durant

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Chris Moses

March 14, 2019

Our paths crossed 45 years ago at Marshall junior high school when he was the assistant principal. He had taught my older siblings and knew my father so he knew me well and made sure to remind of that.
On my first day, he called me “Brother Mose” and the name stuck. He was always after me to get to class on time and suspended me once for fighting but I deserved it.
I have never forgotten you Sir and I thank you for your kindness and for the indelible impression you left on all of us kids. Your service to us and to the community touched everyone and we will never forget you. You are one of only a few teachers who left such an impression on me and I still smile when I think of you, It is with deep regret that I say goodbye to you for the last time.
Job well done Mr. Durrant, thank you and may God give your soul a well-deserved rest. Sincerely, your Brother Mose.

Judy (Mowery) Meador

March 14, 2019

I was also one of the lucky students to have had Mr. Doo-rant for Math at JMJH. He was a great influence on kids and will always be a good memory of what teachers should be like. Rest well.

Debra Norman

March 13, 2019

I had Mr. Durant for math at Marshall Junior High. He was totally my favorite teacher ever. One day my chair was moved out when I went to sit down. He took the boy to the bathroom next to our class and gave him a swat! I loved that guy! No matter where he was explaining a math problem, all you had to do is raise your hand and he would stop and explain further so you could understand. I have talked about him to many friends and family through the years.

Carolyn Taft (Hewitt)

March 12, 2019

Mr Durant...WOW what a gem. He called me "Ms. HEWITT"... As he hollered at me for doing 1 of a million things wrong (let's just say I was in his office alot) but even though I was I would say he helped to shape the Carolyn I am today, a good mom, friend, wife, daughter, member of the comminity... he had such a huge impact on me that I will have forever! As I ride my motorcycle today I will know you are watching over the journey. Thank you for being there for me...over and over and over again lol. ❤

Pamala Haffner

March 12, 2019

I was only 9 years old when Mr. Durant changed mine and my brothers lives forever. In 1984 / 1985, he was my brother David’s Principal at Marshall Jr. High. We were going through a very difficult time and I prayed every day for someone to help us. I would not be where I am today nor the person, without the Angel that God sent. I am so sorry for your loss at such a difficult time.

William Muncie

March 11, 2019

One of the most memorable teachers of my life. Most influential of all!! I keep my shoes polished all the time! This WORLD needs more Walter H. Durant's. Pure Motivator, So insightful He made you happy and glad to come to school! R.I.P. Brother Durant..John Marshall Jr. Hi. 1970 thru 1972.

Janet (Saunders) Flessland

March 11, 2019

Mr. Durant had a gift. He really is in a class by himself. He cared about his students and conveyed that every single day. He made math fun. I'll never forget how he taught us positive and negative integers. In front of the classroom, he would walk so many steps in a positive direction and then so many steps in a negative direction, and then say in his booming voice, "Now, class, where am I?" Loved when he would go around the class and check our shoes or when he would sit at his desk and pull up his "thick and thin" socks! He would always ask about my family, I knew he cared. He definitely had a profound impact on my life and every student who had the good fortune to sit in his class. A true gentleman, a role model, a wonderful educator. Thank you, Mr. Durant, my life is better because of knowing you. Sending my heartfelt condolences to your loved ones and may their memories and faith sustain them during this difficult time.

Ron Browne

March 11, 2019

Mr. ( Brother) Durant,
You were my favorite teacher at Marshall Jr. High in the early 70's.
Coming to your class was always fun. I never will forget Slippery Rock or the leather jacket with 50 million zippers. Those were great stories. You sure knew how to relate to us young people on our way to adult hood. You truly were one of a kind and the world sure could use more teachers and people like you.
Rest in Peace , you will be missed.

Kristen Hammontree

March 11, 2019

RIP Mr. Durant. You helped make Jr. High my favorite 3 years in school!

Homer&Jeanette McCullough

March 11, 2019

Fond memoriesof camping with Walt and Pat as a club member of the Northwest Sunseekers, and NARVA. Every office he held in the the clubs he excelled in. Pat you and the family are in our prayers.

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