Originally created 12/13/01

Featured obituary: Mr. Lee Wallace Sr.



Lee Wallace Sr. was not only a man of God. He loved to sing and write gospel songs.

Mr. Wallace wrote songs for and occasionally sang with groups such as Mighty Clouds of Joy, of which his brother Richard is a founding member. Other groups he worked with include Swanee Quartet, Slim and the Supreme Angels, Bill and Essie Moss, and the Celestials.

"(He) liked to sing," said his wife, the Rev. Christine Wallace. "He was a singer as well as a writer, but he was renowned for writing. He was a great teacher of the word of God."

Mr. Wallace, 62, died Sunday. The funeral will be at noon Saturday at Bell Auditorium.

"We worked ministries together for as long as we have been married," his wife said. "We started singing together. We're so proud."

In 1979, Mr. Wallace founded Praise Deliverance Church and Ministries, a nondenominational church in Wrens, Ga., where he was its bishop. He was an ambassador member of the National Center for Faith-Based Initiatives, the pastor and founder of Everfaithful Baptist Church, and a former pastor of Green Grove Baptist Church and Given Grove Baptist Church.

Being the oldest of his six brothers and 11 sisters, Mr. Wallace was a family man, according to the Rev. Wallace. He loved his family and his church family, she said.

"He loved people," the Rev. Wallace said. "He was a people person, and he just loved people. He was a very humble person and a very easy-going person."

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wallace is survived by three sons, Lee Wallace Jr., Manassas Park, Va., Stanley Wallace, Columbus, and Derrick Wallace, Augusta; two daughters, Lithia Wallace and Laveda Wallace, both of Augusta; six brothers; 11 sisters; several grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

G.L. Brightharp and Sons Mortuary, North Augusta, is in charge of arrangements.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (803) 279-6895 or valmac007@hotmail.com.