George B. Wallace Obituary
COLONEL GEORGE B. WALLACE, RETIRED, DIES AT 84.
LEWISBURG, TN Thursday, November 13, 2008: Col. George Wallace, Ret. of Lewisburg, TN died Thursday afternoon, November 13, 2008 at his home in Lewisburg, TN.
Born in Lewisburg on February 23, 1924, Mr. Wallace was one of four children to Cecil Cundiff and Angie Mae Gill Wallace and was a graduate of Marshall County High School.
Mr. Wallace entered the Army Air Corps February 19, 1943 where he attended pilot training school at George Field in Lawrenceville, Ill. Shortly after, he was sent to the European Theater in Burma where he flew over "The Hump". He was a highly decorated officer earning the Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 oak leaf cluster and the Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters. Mr. Wallace volunteered his services again in 1951 where he served as Director of Operations in the Korean conflict.
Between his service in WWII and the Korean War, he found time to marry childhood sweetheart Dorothy Dean Davis and start a family in Lewisburg.
After the war, Col. Wallace returned to Tennessee where he earned his bachelor degree from The University of Tennessee and his law degree from Vanderbilt University. After spending a short period in Lewisburg, TN as a Judge, Mr. Wallace went back to his passion of flying, this time as Group Commander of the lO5 Squadron at Berry Field in Nashville. Mr. Wallace retired from The Tennessee Air National Guard in 1984 achieving the rank of Colonel.
Mr. Wallace worked as a pilot for Ingram Oil from 1955 to 1959.In 1959, he was called by his lifelong friend Gov. Buford Ellington to serve as the pilot for the State of Tennessee. He served in this capacity from 1959 to 1963.
In December of 1965, he contacted President Andy Holt of the University of Tennessee with a business proposal to buy a plane for the university. Mr. Wallace was hired by the university as Staff Assistant to the President. He established the UT Systems Flight Operations and headed that organization until his retirement in March of 1986.
Mr. Wallace is survived by his two children: George Judy B. Wallace, Jr. of Lebanon, TN and Anne Wallace of Lewisburg, TN; a sister: Mrs. Jane Wallace Alford also of Lewisburg TN.
It is requested that memorial donations be made to First Methodist Church, 325 Church Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091 or any Veterans charity in Mr. Wallace's name. NO FLOWERS PLEASE.
The family will receive friends on Friday, November 14, 2008 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Bills McGaugh Funeral Home in Lewisburg, TN. A graveside service conducted by Rev Mark Irwin will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 1:00pm at Lone Oak Cemetery also in Lewisburg.
You may sign Mr. Wallace's online registry at www.billsmcgaugh.com
Bills McGaugh Funeral Home in Lewisburg, TN is in charge of the arrangemnets.