After a valiantly fought battle with cancer, Channing Cathell Walker, left the body she no longer needs and landed into the healing arms of her beloved Lord on August 25, 2017. “Good and faithful servant” was whispered into her heart, just before she was embraced by her mom Diane, who predeceased her.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Diane Cathell. She is survived by her father Phil Cathell, husband John Walker; her brother Pete Cathell (Kelly); nephew Stratton Cathell; her beloved dog Trigger and an army of devoted friends.
Channing was raised in Midlothian, Va. She graduated from Monacan High School and attended both the University of Georgia and Peace College. She was passionate about sharing the Gospel of Christ and helping others both within and outside of her community. She traveled the world doing missionary work in Brazil, Mexico, India, and in Nepal serving others in the same orphanage founded by one of her heroes, Mother Theresa. She was actively involved at Messiah Christian Church, WOVEN (Women of Value in Every Nation), Christian Women Connection and NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) where she worked tirelessly to shine the light on mental health awareness.
Channing will be deeply missed by family and friends and especially her husband and love of her life John. However, we can all be reassured through her own words after learning of her illness, “It’s a win, win! If I get to stay, I get to love on all of you, and if I go, I get to be with Jesus. I can’t lose!”
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 8706 Quaker Lane, Bon Air, Va. 23235 followed by a reception. Channing requested that people dress in colorful attire. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com/lets-publish-chans-book) where donations will be used to help publish a book co-authored by Channing addressing mental health awareness.