Anderson, Indiana

AU to hold memorial service for Xavier Walton March 2

Wed, 2013-02-27 16:02 -- univcomm
Xavier Walton
February 27, 2013

Anderson University will hold a public memorial service for student Xavier Walton on Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. at Park Place Church of God, 501 College Drive, in Anderson.

Walton, a sophomore visual communication design major, collapsed while playing intramural basketball in the Kardatzke Wellness Center on the AU campus. Both campus security and local area paramedics arrived at the scene to provide assistance. Walton was transported to Community Hospital Anderson. He passed away late Thurs., Feb. 14. Walton was from Gary, Ind.

During the memorial service, students and faculty will share memories, poetry, and original music, and the AU Chorale and Gospel Choir will perform. The Department of Art+Design and the AU football team will be represented. Anderson University President Dr. James L. Edwards will share remarks, and a message will be given by Rev. Dr. Todd Faulkner, campus pastor.

"It is our hope to provide opportunities, through this memorial service, for the Anderson University community to remember Xavier and to celebrate the many ways he made a difference on our campus and in our lives," said Faulkner. "The service will include various expressions of reflection and prayer as we continue to seek the Lord for comfort, guidance, and strength in the days ahead."

Anderson University continues to accept online donations in support of Walton's family. Gifts by credit card will be accepted through March 15, and all funds received will be directed to the family. Gifts are not eligible for tax deduction. Donate to the Xavier Walton Fund

AU also invites individuals to share memories and condolences through the AU website. Share your comments here

"Xavier was a very gifted student with wide interests,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “He loved his art and was known for skills in drawing. He loved music of all kinds, and he loved to be involved in all the moments of student activity. We are all deeply saddened that such a promising young man would pass from us, but we celebrate all we have come to know about him and hold his family, classmates, roommates, teammates, and his many friends in our love and prayers."

“Xavier was loved in many diverse circles including the football team, the Art Department where he majored, and Myers Hall where he lived,” said Dr. Brent Baker, vice president for student affairs at Anderson University. “We are certainly joining friends and family who are mourning his loss.”

Walton graduated from Thea Bowman Leadership Academy in Gary, Ind. He was a member of the Anderson University football team playing as a defensive lineman. He lettered in football as a freshman in 2011.

“Xavier was a strong Christian and a wonderful teammate,” said Bobby Ladner, head football coach at Anderson University. “The team and coaches loved him a great deal. We are keeping his family and friends in our hearts and in our prayers.”

Upon learning the news, AU students, staff, and faculty gathered for a time of prayer in Reardon Auditorium on the Anderson University campus.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.