Walter Mapp, Jr.

December 12, 1934 ~ April 5, 2022 (age 87)


Walter Howard Mapp, Jr. 87, of the Montford/Pearson Dr./Birch St neighborhood departed this life Tuesday, April 05, 2022. He was born December 12, 1934 in Asheville, NC to the late Walter Howard Mapp, Sr. and St. Ola Deshields Mapp. 

Walter was educated in the Asheville city school system and attended New Mt. Olive Baptist Church as a youth and traveled throughout the city and local area to sing with his brothers. He met and married the love of his life, Jessie Mae Simuel Mapp in 1954. Walter served two years in the U S Army and afterward was employed with American Enka Corp (BASF) for 33 years as a Maintenance Supervisor. He was also employed by the Euro Spec dealership and Exxon in Fletcher.

He was an ardent bowler and member of several bowling teams at Star Lanes and Sky Lanes bowling centers. In March 2022 he was inducted into the WNC Bowlers Association Hall of Fame.

In addition to his parents, Walter was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Jessie Mae Simuel Mapp; brothers, Winston Mapp and Wilbur Mapp; grandson, Alexander L. Mapp (Mann).

Surviving family to cherish his memory include sons, Howard D. Mapp (Rochelle), Asheville  and Kevin E. Mapp, Newport News, VA; daughters, Carol M. Williams (Arthur), Asheville, Deborah R. Mapp, Dayton, OH, Faye L. Mapp, Asheville and Benita L. Jones (Henry), Stone Mountain, GA; sisters, St. Ola Mapp,  Atlanta, GA  and Pat Proctor, Asheville; brothers, Wallace D. Mapp (Brenda), Asheville, Kenneth A. Mapp (Ellen), Atlanta, GA and Leonard K. Mapp, Asheville; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

Public viewing will be from 12:00-6:00 pm Saturday, April 9, 2022 in the chapel of Ray Funeral & Cremation Service. Funeral service will be 12:00 pm, Monday, April 11, 2022 at New Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery.

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April 9, 2022

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Ray Funeral And Cremation Service
1373 Sweeten Creek Rd.
Asheville, North Carolina 28803

Funeral Service
April 11, 2022

12:00 PM
New Mt. Olive Baptist Church
2 Herman Ave.
Asheville, North Carolina 28801

April 11, 2022

Sunset Cemetery
1138 Sweeten Creek Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803

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