Michael Duane Walker, affectionately known as "Big Mike," was born on May 24, 1974, in Cassatt, to Johnny Council and the late Elise Blackwell. He departed this earthly life on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia.

Mike attended the public schools of Cassatt. Mike accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He was employed in construction at D. Holland Inc. in Camden in his earlier years. In 2005, he met and fell in love with the love of his life. Later in 2007, he was blessed with a loving and devoted wife, Shannaree Portee Walker.

He leaves to cherish his fond memories: his loving wife of 12 years, Shannaree Portee Walker; one daughter, Anastasha Walker of Ocala, Florida; two brothers, Carl (Yolanda) Blackwell of Lugoff and Marvin (Zasha) Walker of Chattanooga, Tennessee; one sister, Hope Walker of Columbia; two granddaughters; father, Johnny Council of Camden; a devoted father-in-law and mother-in-law, Theodore Jr. and Earnestine Portee of Rembert; a very special sister-in-law, Angieleka (Timothy) Pendergrass of Dalzell; one brother-in-law, Jamaal Portee of Sumter; a special aunt, Maggie Fowler of Cassatt; a special uncle, Willie Williams of Camden; two special friends, Harry Moore and Albert Moore of Rembert; and 13 nieces and seven nephews who will miss him dearly.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Greater Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, 609 Miller Road, Sumter, with the Rev. Dr. Marvin Hodge, pastor, assisted by Minister Miceal Clea, eulogist, and Minister Carol Sanders. Interment will follow at Greater Mount Pisgah Baptist Church cemetery.

These services have been entrusted to the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@sc.rr.com. Visit us on the web at www.williamsfuneralhomeinc.com.