Funeral service for William 'Bill' Wallace, 64, of Chickasha, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at the First Christian Church. William 'Bill' Wallace was born Aug. 1, 1947 in Chickasha, the son of L. Keith Wallace and Mabel (Burke) Wallace. He passed away Jan. 30, 2012 at his home west of Chickasha. Bill was raised in Chickasha and graduated from Chickasha High School in 1965. He received his B.S. in Elementary Education from USAO in 1971 and his M.S. in Elementary Administration from SWSU in 1974. He and Carol Priddle were married Aug. 27, 1966 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Bill began his writing career as a fourth grade teacher. He started teaching at Lincoln Fourth Grade Center in 1971. He taught PE, kindergarten and was assistant principal at ninth grade center in 1976. Having been a student himself at West Elementary, his 10-year tenure as principal there was a joy for him. Danger in Panther Peak was the first book written by Bill, but the third published. A Dog Called Kitty was the third written, (right after Trapped in Death Cave), but the first to be published in 1980. Bill authored 31 children's books and co-authored seven with his wife Carol. He was honored with 20 State Children Choice Awards as well as receiving the Arrell M. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. He was privileged to speak to children all across the United States. Bill was preceded in death by his parents: Mabel E. Wallace and L. Keith Wallace Survivors include: his wife: Carol Wallace of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law: Laurie and Kevin Whitener; Amanda (Nikki) and Jon-Ed Moore; a son and daughter-in-law: Justin and Kacey Wallace; Grandchildren: Kristine and her husband Amine Benkirane, Bethany Whitener, Jordan, Kaden, and Keegan Wallace, Will and Liam Moore; Sister: Keitha Kay Wallace and Special friends: Leonard and Mary Kay Garrison Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chickasha Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center Library or to the Chickasha Public Library.
Published on January 30, 2012