Lillian Josephine Wallace

December 18, 1959 - April 12, 2024
Lillian Josephine Wallace

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Lillian Josephine Wallace of Goldsboro and Washington, North Carolina, passed away peacefully in her sleep, at home, Friday morning, April 12, 2024. At 64, she was one of God’s angels sent to Earth to keep those around her humble, thankful, and God-fearing.

Born during the Christmas season on December 18, 1959, Lillian fought health challenges from the time she was born until the time she passed, and never complained. She was a lifelong member of Long Acre Chapel Christian Church of Plymouth, regularly attended First Free Will Baptist Church of Washington, and previously attended Providence Methodist Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina. She celebrated every aspect of life with honeybuns, hamburgers, and an endless supply of sweet tea, surrounded by her family and friends.

Lillian enjoyed socializing, having the Bible read to her, and listening to the classic television shows “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Golden Girls.” She had a “feisty” side and would play fun pranks on others when she could. Even though Lillian developed blindness at an early age, her favorite game was “Bumble Bee, Bumble Bee, I See Something You Don’t See.” She would also dance in her wheelchair when she heard an upbeat gospel song. Her contagious zest for life made her both a blessing and a privilege to be around.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, Delmar and Mae Wallace, and three brothers: Delmar Wallace, Jr., Rolphe Wallace, Henry Wallace, and her brother-in-law, Ashley (Duck) Gainey. She is survived by three sisters: Melisia Wallace Gainey of Goldsboro, Sylvia Wallace of Washington, and Pattie Wallace Queen of Washington; her sisters-in-law, Wanda Wallace and Susie Wallace; her brother-in-law, “Brother,” Earl Queen. She adored her nieces: Regina Jackson (Bryan Jackson), Shelley West (Maris West), and Tracy Arnold (Michael Arnold); her nephews: Frankie Wallace, Raiford Gainey, and Thomas Gainey (Lisa Gainey); great nieces: Alexis Cerny (Daniel Cerny), Grace West, and Alisa Gainey; her great nephews: Koty Dean (Sydney Dean), Jordan Arnold (Jordan W. Arnold), Andrew Patrick (Emily Patrick), Gabriel West, Samuel West, and Matthew Gainey; her great-great nieces: Brailynn Cerny and Lennon Arnold and her great- great nephew, Warren Dean. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Joseph B. Paul, Jr.Funeral Service of Washington, North Carolina.

A visitation will be held at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service on Saturday, April 13 from 6:00-8:00pm. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Sunday April 14, 2024 at First Free Will Baptist Church of Washington, followed by a committal at the family cemetery located at 8380 Old Hwy 97, Pantego, 27860.




Funeral Service

Sunday, April 14, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

First Free Will Baptist Church - Directions
901 N Bonner St
Washington, NC 27889
252-946-5934

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Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service
  • Saturday, April 13, 2024

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  • April 17, 2024
    Joyce Cutler says:
    Dear Ms Sylvia, Thinking of you and sending prayers and love. Joyce ♥️🙏

  • April 16, 2024
    PeggyJefferson says:
    Pattie, so sorry to read about your sister’s passing. Strength and comfort through Jesus. I know he will provide what you need. Condolences to all the family.

  • April 15, 2024
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  • April 15, 2024
    Bonner and Pam Hawkins says:
    Patti, Tracy and family, we remember how happy Lillian always was, and we're praying for your family. Love, Bonner and Pam Hawkins

  • April 14, 2024
    Pammy Bell says:
    I’ll always remember Lillian accepting Jesus as her Savior. She raised her hands and yelled out. She was immersed into baptism by Mr Finch with the help of others.

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  • April 14, 2024
    Juanita Godley says:
    Patti and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. She was such a huge part of your lives and I know you will miss her dearly. PRAYERS.

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  • April 13, 2024
    Ellen Nunnelee says:
    Dear Patti and all of Lillian's family, I'm so sorry for this sad time. I never met Lillian but feel like I now know her a little bit from the wonderful memorial video here. Clearly she was much loved by so many people and was a big part of their lives. The video is very touching. Love to you all, Ellen Nunnelee

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    Toby, Annette, and Caroline Ryden says:
    Deepest condolences to all who were strengthened by her indomitable spirit. Toby and I have fond memories of Miss Lillian.

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    Dawn Pinkham says:
    If we could all be so fortunate to have a Lillian in our lives, there would be no hatred or jealousy. She had the purest heart and soul of anyone I ever knew. She always offered unconditional love. You may think that she sat in a chair and had no life, but she was the most fortunate of us all. She never complained and had a wonderful sense of humor. She had sisters and family that loved her and took care of her every need, but she gave so much in return. She never forgot anyone and had a sharp memory. My last time with her, she sang Happy Birthday to me and called me her sister. What an honor. I did not know it would be the last time I hugged and kissed her. I told her that I wish everyone could be just like her. I will miss her with all my heart, but I know she was an angel sent to the earth to make all our lives better. There is no one that can ever replace her. I love you, Lillian.

  • April 13, 2024
    Trudy Hubers says:
    Sending love and condolences

  • April 12, 2024
    Mack & Jackie Wallace says:
    We are sorry to hear about Lillian. She will be missed Dearly. Fly high Lillian. ❤️ Everyone will be in our thoughts and Prayers.

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