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KEYS – Funeral services for Gerald Allen Wallace , 54, of Tahlequah, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, at Keys First Southern Baptist Church. Officiants are Bobby Botts and Randy Jones. Honorary pallbearers are Rick Heath, Jay Littlejohn, Eddy Ross, Jamie Torix, Tommy Anderson and Dennis Carter. Final arrangements have been placed under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com. Gerald Allen Wallace, kind and gentle soul, passed from this life at 6:15 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at home after a short battle with cancer. Gerald was born to Harold Wallace and Charlotte Anderson in Tulsa on Oct. 5, 1960. He attended Tahlequah Public Schools and graduated in 1978. He furthered his education at Southwestern College in Wilburton. On Dec. 29, 2006, he married the love of his life, Tina Marie Johnston. His devotion was endless and his love for his wife was unmatched; as well as for his children: son, Adam Wallace; daughter, Rachel (Wallace) Nicholas and husband J.R. Nicholas of Tahlequah; and stepdaughter, Leanne Uchtman of Fordland, Mo.; grandson, Andrew Wallace; and granddaughter, Avree Marrie (Wallace) Nicholas. During his high school years, Gerald worked at Western Auto in Tahlequah. He then moved to Wichita, Kan., where he was involved in the bus transportation field, which allowed him to share his love of traveling to see new places and faces. In 1990, he returned home to Oklahoma where he continued in the tour bus field until 2004. At that time he found in niche at Cherokee Nation’s Talking Leaves Job Corps as a vocational instructor. Gerald mentored, loved and touched the lives of thousands of students, some even calling him “Dad.” He worked with his best friends. He loved his job so much he probably would have done it for free, but he needed money to lose on poker night. Gerald was quiet and patient, often waiting for that perfect moment to deliver a punch line or comeback. He could be hilarious. He was a jewel, teaching daily how to be a friend. He would have your back when you were right or wrong, but he wouldn’t let you cross the line in matters of the heart. Kindness and forgiveness were just a part of Gerald. Gerald loved the woods. He was relaxed and had a special fondness of birds. He had a kindred relation to crows. Somehow they were connected. He valued his place in nature and Gerald was committed to being Heaven bound. Strong, patient, kind, stubborn, sincere, sensitive, and tolerant, Gerald was all of these and more. He had abilities that Superman would wish for. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Wallace; and stepsister, Janice Albertson, both of Seymour, Mo.
Published on  September 4, 2015
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