|Birth: ||Nov. 18, 1914|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 4, 1988|
Orville "Doc" Wallace was born November 18, 1914, Odd West Virginia and died March 4, 1988, Pasadena, TX. The son of Grover Cleveland Wallace and Ada Ethel Cole, he attended Stoco High School where he received letters for football, boxing, basketball, and track. In addition to his athletic achievements, Orville was on the debating team, in the band and was the salutatorian of the class of 1934. During high school, Orville worked the "hoot-owl" shift in the mines with his father. After high school, Orville worked at the Eccles mine and attended Beckley College. He married Virginia Belle Miller, January 4, 1938 in Beckley, WV. He served in the Navy during WWII and after the war worked for Eppay's Pharmacy in Beckley.
In 1946, now the parents of four children, Orville and Virginia Wallace moved to Oceana and opened the Union Cut Rate Drug Store. For the next seven years, Orville worked at the Lynco mines during the day while Virginia ran the store. Then, he would relieve her at the store each evening.
My father was very much a part of the community. He helped start the Oceana Volunteer Fire Department. He provided food and gifts for the needy during Christmas when the city had a town Christmas tree. He was very active in the Oceana Rotary Club, and the Masons. He also was very active in the Presbyterian Church where he taught the Adult Bible Class.
In 1966, the Oceana School newspaper, Tomahawk Times, featured Orville "Doc" Wallace in an article titled, "Indian Fan Gives Highlights in Football History." The article stated that Orville Wallace had not missed a game in the 19 years of Oceana football history, except the two seasons that he was scouting for Coach Joe Taylor in 1956 and for Coach John Beckelheimer in 1961. He was a strong supporter of Oceana High and helped when asked, whether it was to drive the freshman team to an out of town game or help raise money for the new band uniforms or a band trip. He was also a friend to the students who would come into the Union Cut Rate and talk with him about Friday night's game or their dreams and plans for the future. I know a lot of students that graduated from OHS that, when they returned to Oceana, would stop at the Union Cut Rate to see "Doc" Wallace because he was very much a part of their lives. Our home was always full of classmates during our high school days and both my father and mother welcomed them into our home and our lives. Orville "Doc" Wallace was a person that the students enjoyed being around and this included the students that were a part of his life after his four children graduated from OHS.
"Doc" Wallace was a role model for others in the Oceana community. He was active in community service organizations, served his Church, strongly supported Oceana High School, and, perhaps, most important, was a respected friend to adults and teenagers.
Grover Cleveland Wallace (1889 - 1940)
Ada Ethel Cole Wallace (1896 - 1988)
Virginia Belle Miller Wallace (1917 - 2005)*
Orville Ray Wallace (1914 - 1988)
Lorena Arnice Wallace (1916 - 1996)*
Harry Clifton Wallace (1918 - 1986)*
Recie Merle Wallace Meadows (1919 - 1995)*
Juanita Hope Wallace Burnam (1921 - 1999)*
Grover Cleveland Wallace (1922 - 1974)*
Erma Irene Wallace Martin (1924 - 1994)*
Unnamed Female Wallace (1925 - 1925)*
Unnamed Male Wallace (1926 - 1926)*
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Body donated to Medical Science
Created by: Larry Wallace
Record added: Feb 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65652618
Orville Ray Wallace was in the US Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theater|
Added: Nov. 2, 2011