Michael Dean Wallace
Monette -- Michael Dean Wallace, 55, departed this life on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. He was born April 4, 1961, in Jonesboro to Paul Dean Wallace and Mary Miller Wallace who survive him. He was raised in the Delfore Community northeast of Monette.
Mike was a faithful Christian man and was an active member of the Monette First Baptist Church. He was an honest hard working family man whose grandchildren called Popa. He started farming at an early age and his family will continue the legacy of Wallace Farms. Mike was a hands on farmer, working side by side with his employees who were like family. With the ever changing technology in the farming industry Mike, with the help of Bradley, embraced the changes. But with this technology he never forgot the basics, to love your neighbor, be a good steward of the Land, honesty and hard work. Mike has been a role model to many younger farmers. As a teen Mike was honored as Star State Farmer in the FFA and has lived up to that honor.
Mike loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be remembered for his loving smile, firm handshakes and big hugs.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, T.A. and Gertie Wallace; maternal grandparents, J.R. and Edna Barnes Miller; father-in-law, Eddie Emison; brother-in-law, Roy Whited, and nephews, Zach and Seth Whited.
He is also survived by his wife of 36 years, Karen Emison Wallace; a son, Bradley Dean Wallace (Michele) of Lake City; a daughter, Kimberly Marie Baumgartner (Todd) of Jonesboro; two granddaughters, Annabelle Baumgartner and Kate Wallace; a grandson, Tate Baumgartner, and a grandson to be born in February; three sisters, Deb Whited (Gary Tucker) of Monette, Pam Sandusky (Wesley) of Manila and Kerin Hawkins (Cole) of Leachville; mother-in-law, Norma Emison of Jonesboro; sister-in-law, Kelly Benson (Dallas); five nephews; a niece; four great-nephews; four great-nieces and a host of friends.
A celebration of Mike's life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Monette First Baptist Church with Rev. Rusty Bird and Dustin Finch officiating. Interment followed at Monette Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Monette First Baptist Church.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Dave Pierce, Mike Estes, Terry Hall, Steve Despain, Kevin Wimberley, William McMasters and Scott Towles. Honorary pallbearers included Claude Greer, Seth Towles, Brian Hill, Wade Roach, Devin Brady, Larry Bibb, Justin Hawkins, Mark Hawkins, Heath Hawkins, Blake Sandusky, Kyle Priest and Walt Short.
Lasting memorials may be sent to BIC FFA Memorial Scholarship Fund, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Monette First Baptist Church or Monette Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department.