Born 5-6-1926 -- Died 9-22-2006
Larry Wallace, age 80, of Alton, Mo., was born May 6, 1926, near Alton and died Sept. 22, 2006, at his home.
He graduated from the Alton High School, and at the age of 18, enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in WW II from 1944-1946. After his discharge from the service, instead of attending college, Larry decided to pursue his dream of owning his own retail store. With very little money and no real skills, he wasn't sure how he could accomplish this, but in 1949 he was able to purchase his first grocery and feed store in Alton. In 1955 Kelly Owens joined the business and Wallace and Owens Stores began.
Wallace was baptized in November 1960 and united with the Alton Freewill Baptist Church, becoming ordained as a deacon in 1967. He enjoyed singing and at times leading the church choir.
On July 27, 1951, he married Mildred Owens who survives. Other survivors include, two sons, Steven of Malden, Mo., Rich and wife Teresa of Alton, six grandchildren, Angela French, Amy Duckworth, Amanda Layne, Ashli Wallace, Hannah Wallace and Allison Wallace, three great-grandchildren, Molly, Julianna and Ben French, two sisters-in-laws, Lois and Evelyn Wallace of West Plains, Mo.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Newman and Martha Hodges Wallace, three sisters and four brothers.
Services were held Sept. 26, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the Alton Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Trantham officiating. Singing was provided by the church choir, led by Leroy Chronister and accompanied by Kathleen Crigler.
Pallbearers included Dan Wrenfrow, Steve Collins, Sam Coleman, Wayne Goff, Sam Felts and Chris Ward.
Honorary pallbearers were James Rackley, John Barton, Harvey Savage, Ronald Smothers, Shane Ward and Michael Lack.
Burial, with Rev. Garland Barton officiating, was in the Huddleston Cemetery, with arrangements under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home, Alton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riverways Hospice, 114 East Main, West Plains, MO 65775.