A.J. Wallace – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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A.J. Wallace, 95, departed this life for eternity in Heaven on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at his residence.
Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, with the funeral following at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Pastor Kenny Windsor will officiate. Burial will follow at Wesley chapel Cemetery with military funeral honors.
Mr. Wallace is survived by daughters, Myra Jane Jones and Leigh Nan Hopson and husband, Skip; son, Harry E. Wallace and wife, Linda; daughter-in-law, Flora Wallace; granddaughter, Haley Wallace; grandsons, Justin Jones, Cole Wallace and wife, Holly, and Eric Hopson and wife, Jessica; great-grandchildren, Amiyah Hastings, Caleb Wallace, and Andee Newman, all of Florence; brother, C.L. “Bud” Wallace Jr., of Nashville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ed and Jean Lovelace, Florence, and David and Sue Rhodes, Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Myra Kathryn Wallace; son, Andrew Jay Wallace; parents, Lester and Nettie Thrasher Wallace; and brothers, Clarence and Donald L. Wallace.
A.J. was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County and a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. He was a proud World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Artillery in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he farmed for five years and then worked for TVA, retiring after 40 years of service. In his retirement, he repaired old bicycles for needy children, gardened, volunteered with the senior RSVP program, promoted the American Legion Post 11, and was a devoted “piddler.” Mr. Wallace mowed his own lawn until he was 91.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Justin Jones and Cole Wallace; nephews, Eddie Lovelaace, Bill Lovelace and Richard Wallace, Collin Bruce and Anthony Rhodes. Honorary pallbearers are Ed Lovelace, David Rhodes, Eddie Walden, Jimmy Wallace, Johnny Wallace, Bob Hughes, members of American Legion Post 11, and the Senior Men’s Sunday School Class.
The family expresses praise for Hospice of the Tennessee Valley and staff members Meredith, Teresa and Jeff, and two devoted caretakers, Romie Phillips and Jolly Wallace.
Greenview Funeral Home is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Pleasant Hill UMC Building Fund at 2705 County Road 222, Florence AL 35633.
He was beloved by many and a friend to all. He will always be known as a “character.”

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