Claude T. “Red” Wallace, 87, of Cleveland, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
He was born in Athens on July 7, 1926, to the late Tom and Lizzie Rowland Wallace, both pioneer families of Charleston.
He joined the United States Navy after his parents signed for him because he was only 16 years old. He served his country in World War II, was in the South Pacific for 34 months and 18 days and was involved in three major battles. He was also a recipient of the Purple Heart, along with several other service medals.
After his time in the Navy he returned home and was later employed as a Tennessee Highway Patrolman. In June of 1950 the Korean War began, so he went back into the Navy, and was discharged in 1954. In 1976 he went to University of Tennessee at Knoxville, took a course in real estate and became a licensed real estate agent with Gentry Real Estate. In 1979 he went to the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City and received his auctioneer license. He auctioned a horse farm in Versailles, Ky., for Gov. Julian Carroll and it was the biggest and most successful auction. The governor also made Claude a Kentucky Colonel, which is a prestigious honor. He also held an Honorary Colonel designation from Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee. For the last several years he was involved in auctioneering and real estate as Wallace Auction Company LLC.
He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and was also a licensed Baptist minister. He was a writer and had a collection of more than 10,000 poems.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Louise D. Wallace, who passed away on Feb. 10; seven brothers whom he had a special love for: Robert W. Sr., Clyde, Richard T., Creed, Loyde, James E. “Jim” and Hobert Wallace; and two sisters, Catherine Cavett and Mary Elizabeth Corvin.
Survivors include several nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as special friends, the Rev. William Walker Jr., and his wife, Jean, of Riceville.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with the Rev. William M. Walker Jr. officiating.
Interment will follow in Hopewell Cemetery military honors.
William Mee, Everett Harris, Robert Wallace Jr., James Chapman, Mike Wallace and Daniel Dixon will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home prior to the service.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Wallace family guest book at fikefh.com.