In Memoriam: James Leroy Wallace

WELCH—James Leroy Wallace, 79, of Vinita, Okla., passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 8, 2017, at his home, after a long illness, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born Feb. 26, 1938, in Kingfisher, Okla., to Harold E. Wallace and Hazel E. (Matti) Wallace.

James became a Christian in 1951. On Apr. 15, 1961, he married Frances Bullard in a ceremony at Welch Baptist Church. James earned a bachelor’s degree and worked as a farmer, rancher, school teacher, and service station owner/operator. He was a member of the Cowboy Junction Church in Vinita, as well as a faithful member of Gideon’s International in Vinita.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Thelma and Jess Walker; another sister, Ida Mae Long; a brother-in-law, Rocky Bullard; a niece, Linda Neill; and two nephews, Eddy Walker and Robbie Steele.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances Wallace; his children, Roxanne Gerrior and husband Jim, and DeWayne Wallace and wife Kellie; a sister, Edith Cox and husband Roy; a brother, Paul Wallace and wife Judy; brother-in-law, Leon Long; grandchildren, Blake Wallace and his wife Nikki, Elizabeth Gerrior, Kelsey Wallace, Emily Gerrior, Jonathan Gerrior, and Erin Gerrior; great-grandsons, Creed, Ridge, and Sutton Wallace; a special sister-in-law, Terri Bullard, and her daughters, Amanda Bullard, and Samantha and Josh Moore, and her granddaughters, Drew Goade and Wren Moore; brothers-in-law, Don Bullard and wife Carol, Tom Bullard and wife Judy, and Randy Bullard; two sisters-in-law, Ann Walker and Leona White; along with several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A visitation will be held at Welch Baptist Church, Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, from 6-7:30 p.m. Services will be Wed., Oct. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at Cowboy Junction Church in Vinita. Pastor Blake Wallace will officiate. Burial will follow in the Welch Cemetery.

Casketbearers will be Greg Highsmith, Orland Aldridge, Gary Steele, Ralph Kinsley, Darry Hawkins, Larry Sutton, Jonathan Gerrior. Honorary Casketbearers will be Bluejacket class of 1956, Vinita Gideon Camp, Ron Neill, Mike Fitzpatrick, and Larry Layton.

The casket will be open for visitation and prior to the service. The casket will then be closed and not reopened.

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 184, Vinita, OK 74301.

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Services entrusted to the Thomas Funeral Home in Welch.