Bro. Thomas Lavoy Wallace
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at Woodlawn Church for Thomas Lavoy Wallace, 87, of Columbia, who died on Thursday, Dec. 3. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation was held at 12:30 pm. At the conclusion of the service, a final viewing was available upon exit.
He was born on Sept. 19, 1933, in Lawrence County in the little town of Topeka.
The joyous occasion of the birth of Edna and Arvin Wallace's first born son quickly turned to grief at the realization he was a still born baby. Edna immediately began to pray over him, "God - if you don't let him live, then let me die too!" He then drew his first breath. That was the first of many miracles that took place in the 87 year life of Thomas Lavoy Wallace.
Due to traveling construction work, the Arvin Wallace family moved regularly. This made for hardships in schooling in young Thomas' life. Just after the fifth grade, he quit school and joined the working public. Pumping gasoline, picking up roots on a logging sight and hauling pulpwood were just a few of his jobs early on.
He was always fond of saying, "I went to Jayess University" when in the company of well educated men discussing alma maters. Those fellow Yale, Harvard and Ole Miss educated businessmen never questioned since no one knew exactly where Jayess University was located.
He started a family in 1954. He had 4 children, Tim, Becky, Mike and Linda, whom he loved very much.
In 1955, he moved to Columbia and was appointed foreman at Singley Construction before joining Dixie Paving Company. He eventually bought the company in 1972. From those humble beginnings came not only his construction career, but a business icon, T L Wallace Construction, Inc.
In 1974, he married the love of his life, Janette Hickman Wallace. A year later, they had their only daughter, Tonya Wallace Farmer.
He was involved in dozens of organizations and boards in his lifetime, too numerous to mention. None of this was as important to him as loving his family and supporting ministry.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Arvin and Edna Wallace; daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Elizabeth Wallace, and granddaughter, Anna Grace Farmer.
Survivors include his wife, Janette Hickman Wallace; children, Tim Wallace (Tammy), Mike Wallace (Susan), Linda Robinson (Robbie) and Tonya Wallace Farmer (Clayton); grandchildren, Timothy Wallace (Belinda), Thomas Wallace (Amber), Terry Wallace (Teronda), Chris Wallace (Crystal), Bryan Wallace (Kayla), Brandon Wallace, Beth Sellers (Jeremy), Jonathan Moore (Heidi), Keri, Wallace and Gracelyn, and great-grandchildren, Timothy, Logan, Ty Lincoln, Trexton, Benson, Dylan, Audrey Claire, Kaylie, Kyle, Brady, Bralyn, Jadelyn and Hayden.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Woodlawn Church Missions. That was his heartbeat.
Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.hathornfuneralhome.com.
Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia was in charge of the arrangements.