John Murray Wallace Jr. died among family at his home in Marion June 25, five days short of his 86th birthday. Services were held June 28 at Marion Presbyterian Church in Marion.
He was preceded in death by his sister Jane Palmer. Survivors include his wife Betty Wallace; sons Stephen and William and their mother Nell Wallace; Stephen’s wife Anna; stepchildren Robert, Hubert and Scott Raley, and Regina Stradley; and siblings Marievelyn Hughey, Lavonia Smith, David Wallace and Zoe Langner.
John Murray was born June 30, 1927, in Sprott, the oldest son of John Murray Wallace Sr. and Katherine Eiland Wallace. He grew up on the family farm and attended Suttle Elementary, Marion High School and Marion Military Institute. He served in the U.S. Navy during the final months of World War II and again during the Korean conflict.
After receiving a degree in Business Administration from Auburn University, John pursued a career in agribusiness, becoming head of AFC’s fertilizer department.
John was a member of Marion Presbyterian Church as well as Westminister and Bethany Presbyterian Churches in Decatur. He was an avid golfer and assisted with the junior golf program after returning to Perry County in retirement.