She was born in Blue Ridge, Ga., on July 18, 1924.
Her parents moved to Cleveland while she was still a very small child. She spent the rest of her life living in Cleveland except during World War II, where she worked in Oak Ridge for the war effort.
She attended the public schools of Cleveland and was a graduate of Bradley High School, class of 1942. She enjoyed many happy reunions with her classmates while also helping to organize them. She later attended CSCC to further her education.
She was a quiet person, not one to do a lot of talking, and was an avid reader. She was an office worker and worked in several offices in Cleveland and Chattanooga. She retired from American Uniform Company after 38 years of loyal service. She worked in the front office and for 17 years was the head bookkeeper. After she retired, she continued to do office work for 10 more years. She enjoyed traveling, camping, nature and was a great animal lover. She was the kind of person who stayed in the background, helping someone.
She and her husband, Claude, were charter members of Maple Street Baptist Church (formerly Rutledge Memorial Baptist Church), but had been a member of Hopewell Baptist Church for several years. For the last 12 to 15 years, bad health had kept her from going anywhere. She started the elevator fund to aid the elderly at Hopewell Baptist Church, in memory of her mother. She and her husband also started the first bus ministry at the church. They purchased a used school bus which they had reconditioned and donated it to the church to help do the Lord’s work.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James William Disharoon and Beulah Newberry Disharoon; brother, Bob Disharoon; and nieces: Nancy Sue Disharoon, Sheila Gail Finnell, Linda Finnell Daugherty and Sandra Disharoon.
Survivors include her loving husband of 65 years, Claude T. Wallace of Cleveland; sister, June Johnson of Cleveland; favorite nephew, Steven Edward Finnell of Oakley, Calif.; nephews: Dan Disharoon of Fort Worth, Texas and Ronald Disharoon of Oil City, Pa.; niece, Sherry Ann Finnell of Greenville; two very dear and special friends, the Rev. William M. Walker Jr., and his lovely wife, Jean, of Riceville; and many, many friends and cousins.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with the Rev. William M. Walker officiating.
Interment will follow in Hopewell Cemetery with William Mee, Everett Harris, Robert Wallace Jr., James Chapman, Dean Fugett and Mike Wallace serving as pallbearers. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Wallace family guestbook at fikefh.com.