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Sunday, October 26, 2008

James William Wallace

Center Point Fire & Rescue
Mountain Brook Fire & Rescue

James William Wallace, age 66, of Center Point passed away on October 22, 2008.

James attended Woodlawn High and was in the first graduating class of Banks High School. He earned a BA of Business Administration degree from the University of Montevallo and degree of Fire Science from Athens State College.

In 1965, James W. Wallace and John D. Wallace formed a volunteer fire department for the Center Point area and established the first fire district for an unincorporated area in the State of Alabama. This fire district grew today what is known as The Center Point Fire Department, with four stations serving 60,000 residents.

James Wallace was an Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshall for the Center Point Fire Department. Also, he served as Captain and Fire Marshall for the Mountain Brook Fire Department.

He was the owner of Wallace Super Gym. In his spare time he served as a referee for high school football games and competed in bodybuilding contests He won Mr. USA Masters 1993-1996 and placed third in Mr. Universe in 1996.

Mr. Wallace is preceded in death by his parents, John Duncan Wallace, Carol Reeves Wallace, and brother, John D. Wallace, Jr. James is survived by his sons, James William Wallace, Jr. (Jimmy) and Michael Wayne Wallace; grandson, Christopher Chase Wallace; sister, Pattie Wallace Windham and (Mickey Windham) and number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 27, 2008 from 12:00-1:00 P.M.

Funeral Services will begin at 1:00 P.M. in the chapel at Ridout's in Trussville. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Center Point Fire Department and the Mountain Brook Fire Department.

God rest his soul and comfort his family. He will be missed.


At 11/15/2008 09:51:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the very early days of Fire/EMS I had my share of telephone fights with the Wallace Brothers when Dispatching Ambulances to the Center Point area. They would always call and argue "Every time you send an Ambulance out here, You Will call us too!". Which was always met with "I will call you Only When I Need you and No I Will Not Call You Every Time we make a call out there!" which really perturbed them beyond the point. But eventually as Fire Based EMS became more common the cooperation between Private Ambulance Service and The Fire Service improved and the "You Will Send Us" fights eventually stopped.


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