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Walter L. Challenger

It is with profound sadness, we announce the passing of Walter L. Challenger on February 12, 2021, at Schneider Regional Medical Center.

Walter was born on the island of Antigua and will long be remembered as one of that island's highly acclaimed Tailors. He migrated to the island of St. Thomas, USVI, in the early 1960s after being recruited by the owners of Cavanaugh's for the position of "Chief Designer" in the store's Designer Clothing Line Department. His departure from that professional occupation led him into the Retail Business arena, where he steadily progressed in Management and Executive positions and, ultimately, business ownership. Throughout this forty-plus (40+) years period, Walter was actively engaged in Community Service. His affiliations include the Boy Scouts Council, Rotary Club, the Jaycees, and Lions organizations, to name a few. In July 1975, he received "Life Membership" status in the St. Thomas-St. John Navy League Council, becoming the second member to achieve this distinction...(the first being Ariel Melchior, Sr.).

Walter was preceded in death by his father, Zecheria Benjamin Challenger, and mother, Mary Elizabeth Francis.

He is survived by his six (6) children, Arah C. Lockhart, Sharon Challenger, Lynda "Joy" Challenger, Walter Challenger, Jr., Christy Challenger, and Wesley Challenger; his grandchildren, Anwar and Aliah Lockhart, Danielle Challenger, Marquette "Shawn" Smith, Aaliyah Luster, Amoi Challenger, and Walter Challenger III; nine (9) great-grandchildren; his sisters, Beatrice Bariero and Angela Challenger-Gore; brother, Franklyn Challenger; and extended family members and friends too numerous to mention.

The first viewing is scheduled for Friday, March 5, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Turnbull's Funeral Home & Crematory Services. The second viewing is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. with a homegoing service at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Turnbull's Funeral Home & Crematory Services.  Burial will be at Eastern Cemetery, Smith Bay.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that a donation be made to the St. Andrews Episcopal Church or All Saints Cathedral School.

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  • Howard Jackson Jr

    In your time of grief, I wish to express my deepest sympathies for the loss you are experiencing.
    Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy. May God almighty soften your pain of loss.

    Respectfully,

    Howard Jackson, Jr
    Nashville, TN.

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  • Howard Jackson Jr

    My sincerest and heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Challenger's family, friends and associates. I have known Walter Challenger, Jr since I moved to St. Thomas in 1997 and it saddens me to learn of his father's passing. May God Almighty soften the pain of loss for all during these very trying times.
    Respectfully,

    Howard Jackson, Jr

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  • Gwen Adams Norton

    I knew Mr. Challenger when I worked at the Department of Finance. He was so kind to me and such a trusted co-worker and friend. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences to his family.

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  • Denise Belcher

    Arah, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved father. He was a wonderful gentleman and loving father. Although he accomplished many things in life, his greatest accomplishment was you and his family. May he rest peacefully.

    Denise Belcher and family

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