Jackie (Jack) Dean Wallace, age 78, of West Plains, MO went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, MO.
He was born on August 9, 1933 in Alton, MO to the late Ernest and Helen Sanders Wallace. Jack graduated from Thomasville High School, where he was an outstanding athlete and was awarded an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas. Instead he opted to play one season of professional baseball under contract with the Chicago White Sox System. Jack joined the Navy during the Korean War, where he served for four years. On May 31, 1953, he was united in marriage to Lida Elizabeth Warren in Thomasville, MO, and together they had three children. In 1995, Jack retired from Cooper Industries, Bussman Fuse Division in Atlanta, GA. Soon after his retirement, Jack and Lida moved to West Plains, where Jack was an active member and faithfully served as a deacon at the United Free Will Baptist Church. He loved the Lord with all of his heart, and accepted Jesus as his personal Savior at the young age of thirteen. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family. Jack enjoyed hunting, working on his hobby farm, and raising Missouri Fox-trotters. In his earlier years, Jack managed a traveling youth baseball team, coached them to a championship season, and continued to love watching games of baseball, basketball, and football throughout his life.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lida Elizabeth Warren Wallace; and their three children: daughter, Dorothy Helen Wallace of St. Louis, MO; son and daughter-in-law, Edward Dean and Pamela Sue Wallace of Douglasville, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Beth and Darryn McGee of Tulsa, OK. Jack is also survived by seven grandchildren and their spouses: granddaughter and her husband, Jennifer and Michael Janowitz of St. Louis, MO; granddaughter and her husband, Sarah and David Villers of West Plains, MO; grandson and his wife, Clifton Dean and Bekah Wallace of Port Richey, FL; granddaughter, Rebecca Sue Wallace of Douglasville, GA; granddaughter and her husband, Christina Diane and Andy Coffey of Evans, GA; granddaughters Lida Mae and Lily Jane McGee, both of Tulsa, OK. Jack is also survived by one great-grandson namesake, Jack Dean Wallace of Port Richey, FL; one great-granddaughter, Minnie Marie Villers of West Plains, MO; and many relatives and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, and two infant brothers; Curtis Newman and Jerry Ernest Wallace.
Funeral services for Jackie (Jack) Dean Wallace will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 10am at the United Free Will Baptist Church, 607 Lanton Road, West Plains, MO. Reverend Dennis McGinley, and Reverend Glenn Murray will officiate. The pallbearers will be Eddie Wallace, Clifton Wallace, Andy Coffey, David Villers, Michael Janowitz, and Jerry Warren. Relatives and friends are welcome at Carter’s Funeral Home for visitation, 1316 Porter Wagoner Blvd, West Plains, MO, from 6-8 pm on Monday, April 2, 2012. Internment will be at Huddleston Cemetery near Alton, MO., on Hwy 160. Graveside services will follow the funeral service.