Robert (Bob) W. Wallace, 68, of Lillian, AL died on Monday June 26, 2013 following a battle with cancer that began in 2009, living well past the time given by his doctors.
Born on October 3, 1944 in Palestine, TX to the late Mary M. Mollard (who died this past May) and the late Jack Wallace. Bob graduated from Richland High School in 1962 and attended Arlington State College in Arlington, TX before joining the U.S. Army
in 1966 as a senior. Bob saw combat in Viet Nam in 1967 and 1968, particularly during the TET offensive and along the Cambodian border. Upon his return, he returned to college at the now renamed University of Texas
, Arlington and graduated in 1969 with a BBA. Shortly after graduation Bob joined the U.S. Customs Service and began a career that would eventually span 40 years. He began as a Sky Marshal for two years and then was promoted to the position of Special Agent and began his career as a criminal investigator in 1971 in Dallas, TX. In 1986 Bob was called on to help start a new training program in Brunswick, GA where the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (F.L.E.T.C.) was located and became the Asst. Director for Advanced Training. It was during this assignment that Bob met his wife, Anne, who worked in the Public Affairs Office for the F.L.E.T.C. In 1989, Bob and Anne moved to Spanish Fort, Alabama where he took the position of Asst. Special Agent in Charge at the Mobile office. He supervised agents in Mobile, Birmingham, Nashville and Dauphin Island. In December 1999 Bob retired from the Customs Service and he and Anne settled on Ono Island, AL, fulfilling Bob's life long dream of living on the water. Bob also became employed with various companies doing security backgrounds investigations for the military. His last job was as a yacht salesman for a local yacht broker. He also volunteered at his local paris. Bob and Anne enjoyed five summers camping across the western U.S. and Great Lakes states and saw much of the natural beauty of our great country. Bob enjoyed various activities like the movies, playing poker at the local poker room and just having long conversations with family and friends over a beer and a beautiful coastal sunset.
Survivors include his wife, Anne Corbett Wallace of Lillian, AL; his sister and brother in law, Deborah and David Tate of Bandera, TX; a niece, Heather Wallace Oldbury of Mauriceville, TX; a nephew, Kenny Siegel of Houston, TX; an aunt, Mary Ann Cowan of Ft. Worth, TX; and an uncle and aunt, Jim & Margaret Wallace of Levelland, TX. Also surviving are his father in law, William J. Corbett of Valdosta; a sister in law, Nancy C. Tom, and numerous cousins, great nieces and great nephews.
He is preceded in death by his brother Jim Wallace.
A graveside Funeral service with military honors will be held at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, FL at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Officiating will be Fr. James Valenzuela. Flowers or designated donations to one of Bob's favorite charities; Mary's Shelter Gulf Coast, P.O. Box 18, Elberta, AL 36530.
Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel, Pensacola, FL is serving the family and condolences may be shared at www.harpermorrismemorialchapel.com
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