Date of Death: Monday, August 26, 2013
Arrangements: Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home
Details: Jesse “Lee” Wallace of Stokesdale, formerly of Yancey County, passed away Monday, August 26, 2013, at Countryside Manor in Stokesdale. A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Ed and Jessie Peake Wallace. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years: Juanita Bailey Wallace; daughter: Dotty Wallace Jones; sister: Katie W. Huskins; nieces: Debbie and Eula Huskins, and great nephew: Carlos Raul Izquierdo.
Lee grew up in Green Mountain, graduating from Clearmont High School in 1942. He enlisted in the US Army in August 1944, completed basic training at Camp Wheeler, GA on Christmas Eve, spent 2 days at home and departed from Boston Harbor on a ship for Europe. Lee was assigned to the 14th Armored Division, 19th Armored Infantry Battalion, B Company, 1st Platoon Light Machine Gun Squad in France. On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, his unit crossed the Rhine River into Germany. On April 4, while advancing into Germunden, Germany, he was wounded by mortar fire and had to undergo surgery to remove shrapnel from his head. Before he could return to the front lines the war ended. Lee was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Army Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
On January 31, 1948 he married the love of his life, Juanita Bailey. He later graduated from Cecil’s Business College in Asheville and taught at Tipton Hill High School from 1948 – 1949 with Juanita.
Lee was a man of many skills, including farming, logging, and being an ace mechanic, working for the Firth Carpet Plant in Burnsville, Foremost Screen Printing and Rockingham Bandag in Stokesdale. There he also worked as a manager for Times Turn Around and as a Mail Carrier for the US Postal Service. He had many passions, including history (Civil War and WWII) classic cars and service to his community, his Lord and Savior.
Surviving are his daughter: Cathy Gauldin (William) of Stokesdale; son: Ray Wallace (Michelle) of Oak Ridge; grandchildren: Michael Gauldin (Shay), Laura Jones, Douglas Jones (Rebecca), Corey Gauldin (Amanda), Wyatt and Nathanael Wallace; great grandchildren: Brent, Brittney and Blaine Gauldin, Matthew and Will Jones, and Tate Lawson; niece: Jo Ann Swiger (Warren); nephews: Doug and David Huskins (Patty); and, several loving cousins and a host of friends.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at 4PM Sunday, September 1, 2013, at Bald Creek United Methodist Church. Rev. A. J. Moore will officiate. Burial will be in the Peake-Wallace Family Cemetery on Upper Pig Pen. Military graverites will be conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57, DAV. A memorial service will also be held in Oak Ridge, NC at Bethel United Methodist Church at a later date.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Saturday, August 31, at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Bald Creek United Methodist Church, C/O Nan Proffitt, 29 Bald Creek School Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
The family would also like to express their deepest gratitude to Countryside Manor in Stokesdale for their loving care of “Jesse”.
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