Mr. John A. Wallace, Jr. was born July 16, 1935 in Louise, MS to the late Mr. John Alvin Wallace, Sr. and Mrs. Melba Williams Wallace. He was the fourth of six children born to this union. His parents and three siblings, Dr. Hubert Wallace, Ms. Eleanor Wallace Bradford and Ms. Bettye Wallace Kennedy preceded him in death.
At the dawn of the day on Saturday, June 15, 2019, God looked around his garden and found an empty place. As he looked, he saw our loved one and dear friend John Alvin Wallace, Jr’s tired face. Gently, he put his arms around him and lifted him to sweet rest.
John confessed Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Louise, MS under the pastorate of Rev. J.W. Williams. John attended and graduated from the Humphrey County Training School in 1954. In August of the same year, he enrolled at Tougaloo College, in Tougaloo, MS majoring in Chemical Engineering.
At Tougaloo, John was a great student and participated in various activities. One of his greatest achievements was becoming a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Also, while attending Tougaloo, he met Mae Jean Dorsey, a resident of Tougaloo and on May 31, 1957, they were united in holy matrimony. To this union five boys were born, Ronald Alvin, Donald Calvin, John Alvin, III, Jarrod Calvin and Hubert Jason. Donald Calvin preceded his father in death.
Being a husband, John knew he was responsible for more than just himself. Therefore, like so many residents of the South, he relocated to Chicago, IL in 1957 and immediately secured a job as a Bus Operator with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Throughout his career with CTA John served in various capacities such as Bus Instructor, Conductor, Bus Service Supervisor, to name a few. He retired in June of 1992 as Superintendent of Bus, Rail and Power Communication. After retirement, John was often called upon to lend his expertise to CTA.
Despite his busy work schedule, John spent time serving in his community through his involvement with his Alpha brothers in Chicago as well as the Chicago Chapter of the Tougaloo Alumni Association. However, his greatest joy was being a devoted father to his boys. He taught them how to be men, instilled in them the value of a quality education and most importantly, how to be a loving husband and good fathers to their children.
In 1994, John and Jean returned to Mississippi and settled in Brandon. He joined Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Tougaloo, MS under the pastorate of Rev. Alexander Kirkwood. He was an active member of the church and served as Trustee. John attended church on a regular basis until his health began to fail.
John leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of sixty-two years, Mae Jean Wallace of Brandon, MS; four sons, Ronald Alvin (Cheryl Lynn) Wallace of Jackson, MS, John Alvin (Lynette) Wallace, III of Lansing, IL, Jarrod Calvin (Patricia) Wallace of Flossmoor, IL and Hubert Jason Wallace of New York, New York;two sisters, Barbara Jean Benford of Belzoni, MS and Elaine Thomas of Memphis, TN;four grandsons, Aaron Pickens of Chicago, IL, Jordan Wallace of Anaheim, CA, Joshua Wallace of Flossmoor, IL and Trevor Smith of Jackson, MS; three granddaughters, Atiya Wallace of Hazlecrest, IL, Jada Pointer of Los Angeles, CA and Clarissa Wallace of Chicago, IL; a great grandson, Kayden Jamel Ausby of Chicago, IL, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation hours will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019, from 12-7 p.m. at Peoples Funeral Home, located at 886 M. Farish Street - Jackson, Mississippi
Wake hour will be Friday, June 21, 2019, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Peoples Funeral Home.
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Woodworth Chapel at 11:00 a.m., located on the campus of Tougaloo College, in Tougaloo, Mississippi
Interment will be at Garden Memorial - Hwy 49 Jackson, Mississippi
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