Mary Hardwick Wallace

Mary Hardwick Wallace

Nashville, TN

Age 89, passed away early Friday morning, April 4, 2014 at NHC Place in Cool Springs, where she lived the past three years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James O. Wallace, in 2005.

She is survived by her six children, James O. (Beverly) Wallace, Jr., Margie (Jerry) McNall, Jack (Joanne) Wallace, Jeff Wallace, Rosemary (Joel) Edwards and Joe (Carla) Wallace. She also is survived by twelve grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and two brothers, Reverend L.H. Hardwick and James Hardwick.

Mary Wallace was born in 1924 in the small West Tennessee town of Finley, the eldest of four siblings. She graduated with honors from Dyersburg High School and in 1942 married her soldier sweetheart, James Onell Wallace. After the completion of his service in the army in 1945, they moved to Nashville where they assisted his father in pioneering the First United Pentecostal Church. Both she and her husband helped establish the Goodlettsville Pentecostal Church and the Woodbine Pentecostal Church, now known as Christ Church. They also founded the West Nashville Kindergarten and Nursery in 1954, later known as Knob Hill Child Care Center and now the St. Thomas Hospital Family Center. She attended George Peabody College, studying Early Childhood Education, and in the 1960's began writing curriculum for early childhood programs in churches.

Later, Mary and James moved to St. Louis where they lived for over twenty years, serving in many capacities with the UPCI church organization. They moved back to Nashville in 1994. Still not ready to retire, she managed the bookstore at Christ Church for twelve years, taking great pride in increasing sales each year.

She has written and published twenty-one books, publishing her last one, Cultivate Faith, in 2007 at the age of 82. She has been a business owner, a college professor (Jackson College of Ministries) and has been a well-known speaker in churches and conferences around the world. She always said her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were God's greatest gift.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 3-6 p.m., at Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel, 5852 Nolensville Road, and Monday from 10-11 a.m. at the church.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, April 7, 2014 at 11 a.m., at Christ Church, 15354 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN, by Rev. L.H. Hardwick. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Her seven grandsons will serve as Pallbearers.

Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel, Directors, (615) 331-1952; Still Family Owned.

Funeral Home

Woodbine-Hickory Chapel
5852 Nolensville Rd. Nashville, TN 37211

Published in The Tennessean from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2014