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Leon B. Wallace, age 102, of Athens, Alabama passed away at Athens Convalescent Center on Sunday, January 7, 2018. A native of Coffee County, Alabama, Mr. Wallace was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 71 years, Louise Eubanks Wallace and his parents, Rev. and Mrs. W. V. Wallace of Tallassee, Alabama, a brother L. Oby Wallace of Eufaula, an infant son Leon Michael Wallace and a grandson, John Scott Wallace of Athens. He is survived by his children, Ann Wallace (Joel) Glaze, sons, John L. Wallace of Athens, Dr. Joe Wallace of Ocala, Florida and Jerry M. Wallace (Deborah) of Hanceville, Alabama; a sister, Opal Wallace Harris of Montgomery, Alabama; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He began his career as a carpenter and during World War II helped build the barracks at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. Later he became a store manager for V. J. Elmores 5 & 10 Cent Stores for more than 25 years in Samson, Sylacauga, Tallassee, Scottsboro and Athens, Alabama. He left Elmores in 1966 to open his own variety store in Columbiana and later added two more stores in Hanceville and Blountsville. In the final years of his career he was a field representative for Singer Wholesale Company of Atlanta, GA.

He professed his faith in Christ at a young age and as an adult was ordained as a deacon serving in Baptist churches in the communities where he lived. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Athens.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 12, 2018 with visitation at 10:00 AM and service at 11:00 AM at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel, 1200 E Forrest Street, Athens, Alabama.

Presiding Minister: Grandson, Timothy Wallace, Interim Pastor of Center Hill Baptist Church, Hanceville, Alabama

Pallbearers: Jeff Glaze, Michael Glaze, Richard Wallace, Trent Wallace, Brody Black, Jim Nunn

Honorary Pallbearers: Johnny Hawkins, Harley Gordon and William Wallace

Funeral: McConnell Funeral Home, 1200 E. Forrest Street, Athens, Alabama 35613

Let not your heart be troubled: you who believe in God, believe also in me… I am going to prepare a place for you… that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:1-3
Published on January 9, 2018
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