1943 - 2016 Joe was born February 14, 1943, in Houston, and passed from this life November 25, 2016, from congestive heart failure at his home in Pinewood, Texas. He graduated from Mt. Carmel Catholic High School in Houston in 1961 and attended the University of St. Thomas. He joined the US Naval Reserve and served aboard the USS Haynsworth. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1966. As an ensign and Lieutenant, Joe served on active duty at Pearl Harbor as a member of a team tasked with creating a computer system for the Pacific Fleet. In 1970 he retired from the Navy and moved his family back to the Houston area, settling in La Porte. He taught data processing at La Porte High School and then became an administrator in the LPISD business office. In 1980 he earned an MBA from UH-CLC. From 1991 to 1993 he served as CEO of DuPont Federal Credit Union in La Porte. In 1993 he became the Business Manager and Assistant Superintendent for Business at Hardin-Jefferson ISD in Sour Lake, Texas, and moved to Pinewood. In 1997 he retired from HJISD following a heart attack. Joe was in love with his high school sweetheart, Mary Martin, for fifty- seven years. He married her July 22, 1966, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and celebrated fifty years of marriage with her last summer. She survives him, as do his children, Daniel and Laura; granddaughter, Kristina Wuergler and her husband, Ryan; great-grand- children, Emmett, Levi, and Faith Wuergler; brother, Marshall Wallace and his wife, Mary Kay; sister, Sharlene Taylor; aunts, Willie Mae Edwards and Christine Eheman; uncle, Michael Eheman and his wife, Shirley; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. A gathering of Mr. Wallace's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Christian Vigil at 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2016, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 225 West Barkley, Sour Lake. His cremation arrangements will be handled through Broussard's Crematorium, Beaumont. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
1605 N Major Dr
Beaumont, TX 77713
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Nov. 27, 2016