On March 24, 1934, the sun rose on James G. Wallace in Beaverton Alabama, born to J.B. and Mamie (Fleming) Wallace. On March 24, 2021, the sunset as he closed his eyes and peacefully took his eternal rest; surrounded by loved ones and the love of his life. He was the eldest of five children and loved by all of his siblings.
At Roxanna Baptist Church in Beaverton, Alabama he accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. He attended Roxanna Elementary School; and graduated from Lamar County Training School in Vernon, Alabama. After High School he served in the US Airforce from 1954 until he was honorably discharge in 1958 while serving in Japan. After being discharged he relocated to Chicago, Illinois.
THEN, on August 5, 1961, he returned to Alabama where he received one of his greatest blessings! He was united in Holy Matrimony to Permella Guyton, and the two became ONE. They relocated to Chicago and this union was blessed with 4 sons; Patrick, Anthony, James II, and Steven. He began working as a locomotive engineer at Interlake Steel, which later became Acme Steel, until he retired in 1998.
He had a big heart and an even bigger presence. He was blessed with many skills and abilities. He would fix, or attempt to fix nearly anything. For this reason, his younger brother nicknamed him “Big Fixit”, and the younger brother was nicknamed, “Little Fixit”.
Most important of all, he loved God, and came into the knowledge of “who" God was! He united with the Prince of Peace M.B. church under the leadership of Pastor W.L. UpShire. He served as a deacon and accepted his call to preach in 1974. On Sunday May 19, 1991, after serving at the Prince of Peace for many years, he organized The Holy Bibleway Baptist Church in his home.
After many years of prayer and supplication, God enabled Rev.Wallace to purchase a permanent place of Worship for The Holy Bibleway Baptist Church. He Pastored there faithfully; even through health challenges, until his health would no longer allow it.
He was a man of many words; with a big heart, a bright smile and a warm welcoming personality. He never met a stranger; he would share the Word of God with ANYONE he encountered. He affectionately became known as Pa-Pa (Paw-Paw) by his younger grandchildren and thus the name stuck. He loved family, friends, food and fellowship. His grandchildren and his wife meant the world to him. He always spoke life and shared love.
Preceding him in death are his parents, J.B. and Mamie (Fleming) Wallace, two sons: Lathan and Kevin, two brothers and one sister; Wilford A. and Douglas M. Wallace and Marie A. Miller.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his very special, devoted, and loving wife and companion of 59 yrs., 7 mos., 19 days, 18hrs., and 40 mins, Permella Wallace, two daughters, Miranda Joyce of Tuscaloosa, and Anita of Mobile, Alabama; four sons, Patrick F. and Anthony Wallace, James G. (Denice- special daughter) Wallace II, and Steven A. (LaShundra) Wallace; a devoted sister, Josephine Wallace of Beaverton, Alabama; a brother in-law, Nathaniel Guyton; a sister in-law, Mary Wallace of L.A. (wife of deceased brother Wilford); ten grandchildren, Darryl, Christina, LaTanya, LaTasha, Precious, A'keira, James III, Benjamin, Hannah, and Y’Israel; seven great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a special nephew; Winfield Jr., of Cleveland, Ohio; five nieces, LaRonda, Veronica, Yolanda, Robin, and Shree; two nephews, Gill and Warren (deceased); special friends, Bro. Autry Greene, Jordan Stewart, and Dennis Sykes; Dr. Haralampopoulos (Physician); nurses, Elaine and Christine; a special nurse, Christina Zizum; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and neighbors whom he held dear.
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