Jack Lloyd Wallace, a life-long resident of Bath, North Carolina, passed away at his home November 6, 2018. He was born October 27, 1927. He was preceded in death by his mother and father Will and Delia Wallace; his sisters Rachel, Edna, Nancy and Josephine; his brothers Leon, Bill, James and Fenner. He is survived by his brother, Dan Wallace as well as numerous and beloved nieces and nephews.
Jack graduated from Bath High School and attended East Carolina where he was the first player to receive a baseball scholarship and the Christenbury Award. He was drafted by the Cubs and played one season in the Minor League and was then drafted in the Army and sent to Korea to serve his country. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star and 7 Combat Stars. His photo is etched in the Korean War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Upon returning to Bath after the war, he took a “substitute” teaching position at Bath High School…but he stayed for over 45 years. “Pop” coached many, many championship football, basketball, and baseball teams…earning District Championships and 4 State Championships. He became principal in 1968 and remained there until 1996 when he retired. As a former student said to us this week, “He was the best that education and coaching had…always with his students and staff in mind. We loved him because he loved us back.”
His devoted wife of 62 years, June Brinn Wallace, and his children Lemmie and Jenni Uzzell and Robert and Gina Hull are heartbroken but thankful and blessed to have shared their lives with him. His grandchildren, Rachel, Jack, Greyson and Avery will miss him and his wisdom every day, but thanks to their Papa, their lives will always be full.
Loved is not a great enough word to describe how Jack Wallace was received by and felt about the members of the Bath community. Korean War Veteran, Husband, Father, Papa, Brother, Coach, Principal, Mentor and Friend. He was fiercely dedicated to education and the children who went through Bath School. Each student and staff member had a special place in his heart and were treasured throughout his days. “His girls” were the reason his eyes twinkled, his grandchildren were the reason they glowed. His friends brought laughter and loyalty into his life, and family made his world revolve around the sun. Bath, NC, without Jack Wallace, will never sound normal or right, but we must find peace in knowing that he will always be with us.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Bath Elementary School Gym. Internment with military honors will immediately follow the service at the Bath Christian Church.
Family will receive visitors at their home: 71 Tuscarora Drive, Bath, NC 27808.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bath High School Preservation, PO Box 49, Bath, NC 27808, or Bath Christian Church, PO Box 300, Bath, NC 27808.
You may share a memory with the family by visiting www.josephpaulfdl.com. Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Director Licensee of Washington is serving the Wallace family.
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