Dr. Vernon L. Walton, M.D.

Aug 27, 1930 - Mar 16, 2018



August 27, 1930 – March 16th, 2018

He was a simple man, led a simple life and loved the Lord. Dr. Vernon L. Walton, “Sonny”, was born in Wynne Arkansas. He was one of six children, his mother a school teacher and his father an aluminum plant worker. As a young child, his family moved to Joliet Illinois. After graduating high school, he went to Langston University in Oklahoma. After college graduation he attended Medical School at the University of Illinois and received his Medical Degree in 1957. After Medical School he completed residency training at Cook County hospital in Chicago. It was there he met his wife Velma, who was studying nursing. They married and moved to California in 1960, where his wife was a native. He spent two years active duty as a Navy doctor in San Diego. After an honorable discharge, Dr. Walton moved his family to Sacramento. He started his medical practice in the Del Paso heights area, in the early 1960’s. From Del Paso heights, he moved to the south Sacramento area. Dr. Walton was the first African American pediatrician in Sacramento. He dedicated his life to improving the health and welfare of all children and their families. A generous and giving man who had an infectious smile, he was beloved. He touched the lives of many until his retirement in 2010. His daughter also a pediatrician assumed his practice.

A student of the bible, Dr Walton loved to serve the lord. He was very active in his church, Antioch Progressive Baptist, where he served as a deacon, an elder and a Sunday school teacher. He had a great love for the outdoors and was an avid fisherman.

Dr. Vernon Walton is survived by his wife of sixty years, Velma L. Walton and their four children, Vernon L. Walton, Jr., Rosemarie Walton, Kathleen M. Walton and Dr. Stephanie A. Walton. He leaves grandchildren, one brother and a host of nieces and nephews.

The Wake and Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Wake: Monday March 26th, 2018 from 4:00-7:00pm, Morgan Jones Funeral home, 4200 Broadway, Sacramento, California 95817
Funeral Service: Tuesday March 27th 2018 at 11:00am, St. Paul Baptist Church, 3996 14th avenue, Sacramento, California 95820

The family requests that in lieu of flowers and gifts, make your tax deductible donation to St. Hope Academy c/o The Vernon L. Walton scholarship fund. P.O. Box 5447 Sacramento, California 95817

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