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James "Jim" Edwin Wallace, Jr. 66

James "Jim" Edwin Wallace, Jr. 66

James "Jim" Edwin Wallace, Jr. 66, of Hendersonville died Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at The Elizabeth House in Flat Rock surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee to the late James E. Wallace, Sr. and Myrtle Marie Wilson Wallace. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Amy Katherine Wallace Massengale.

Jim graduated from the Tennessee Military Institute. He went on to attend Hiwassee College graduating with Honors in Business Administration. He continued his education, enrolling in the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, majoring in Real Estate through their College of Business Administration. He continued to maintain academic excellence as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society until he graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. He was a proud "Volunteer" and his blood ran Orange.

He proudly served our country during the Viet Nam War in The United States Army. During his enlistment in the service, he was a proud recipient of the Purple Heart. Even after he was discharged, he was appointed Colonel, Aide de Camp Governors Staff by the Honorable Winfield Dunn, Governor of the State of Tennessee in 1974 as well as State Advisor to the United States Congressional Advisory Board. He remained active as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, having served as past Post Commander in Tennessee as well a member of The American Legion. When Jim relocated to North Carolina, he remained active in both legions.

After Jim obtained his real estate license, he immersed himself in the real estate market in residential properties as well as commercial properties. He soon realized that after he obtained his contractor's license in 1973, he was able to provide his customers with turnkey service through The Sequoah Land Company that he co-owned with Jerry Sloan in Madisonville, TN. He was an active member of the Monroe County, TN. Board of Realtors, and served as a past president.

After relocating to Hendersonville in 1986, Jim continued a successful career in real estate, as well as an active member of numerous North Carolina Realtor Associations. As a broker he was associated with Weichert Realty Mountain Executives. Although he officially retired in 2010, Jim continued to dabble in real estate market until his death. He was a well respected member of the real estate community.

Jim was of the Baptist faith and dearly loved his Lord and Savior having served as a deacon and former Sunday school teacher in Tennessee at the First Baptist Church of Madisonville, TN. If he wasn't working on a real estate project, he enjoyed water skiing, playing golf and horseback riding. He loved to read, but his greatest passion was watching his "Vols" play football and spending time with Judy.

He is survived by his wife and soul mate of 17 years, Judith Bennett Wallace, his two daughters: Deanna Maguire and her husband ,Darin of Loganville, GA., and Heather Wallace Weaver of Alcoa, TN. Six grandchildren :Kaitlyn Sims, Emma Massengale, Jaxon Weaver, Parris Maguire, Savannah Maguire, and Spencer Maguire; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and other beloved friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 12:00 Noon until 1:45 PM at the funeral home. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 P.M. at Thos. Shepherd's Church Street Chapel, with the Reverend Michael Robert Lee officiating.

The family would like to personally extend their gratitude for the exemplary care that the entire staff of the Elizabeth House and the Four Season's Hospice Staff bestowed on Jim.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made be made to Four Season's Compassion for Life at 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or The Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.