Wallace Eugene Andrews was born December 23, 1917 to James Houston Andrews and Mary Frances Key Andrews. Of the six Andrews' children – Fannie Mae, Jeanette Houston, James Edward, Mary Elizabeth, Lucille and Wallace – Wallace was the youngest. The Andrews' sisters, especially Jeannette and Fannie Mae, lavished their little brother with all manner of affection. Throughout their lives, they remained a very close family bonded by a respect and a joy in one another. Wallace lived almost 94 wonderful years, and the family he leaves behind praises God for the health and happiness he enjoyed. After high school and at the onset of World War II, Wallace enlisted in the army and served in the South Pacific on Guadalcanal. He was proud of his service and proud of his country. Until he was no longer able, he raised the American flag daily in his front yard. In 1945, Wallace married his high school sweetheart. Dorothy Ann Johnson. Dot was the love of his life. Dorothy and Wallace raised three sons, James Houston, Richard Frank and Mark Stephen. Though their dad was often away on business trips, the boys recall week-ends of camping and fishing. They also recall a father with a mischievous grin, a hearty laugh, a sharp wit and an attitude of gratitude. Following World War II, Wallace began work as a salesman for Plough, Inc. Later, as "The Whitman's Candy Man," he serviced businesses throughout Tennessee and surrounding states. Throughout his career in sales, he won numerous awards and contests as a top performer. What's more, his contacts became his friends. Wallace had friends in every little town in his territory. Wallace was a long time member of Lake Forest Presbyterian Church where he served as both a deacon and elder. He had his designated seat in the balcony, and when he was present everyone knew it. Though his singing was best described as "terrible," he thought that singing loudly made up for singing "badly," Wally wanted all to hear his "joyful noise." In retirement, one of Wally's' passions was the South Knoxville Food Pantry where he worked each Friday alongside friends and fellow church members. Each week, Wallace would make his rounds from supermarket to supermarket collecting produce to redistribute through the pantry. Soon after beginning his pantry collections, all friends and family immediately refused to ride with him in his car. Somehow, a potato, a banana or apply would invariably find its way under a seat or into some crevice in his car. Only when it started to give off some less than pleasant odor would the high jacking fruit or veggie be discovered. But Wally was never deterred by the smell. "Onward Christian soldiers," he would say. Wallace, too, loved Big Orange Sports. He was a ticket taker in the south end zone for home football games, and he loved the fans as much as he loved the games. To say the least, he was a people person. Wallace was secure in his faith, content with his life, and happy in his family. He never complained. "Doesn't do any good," he would say. He loved ice cream, wool sweaters, his big orange jacket, a warm fire and dogs. Wallace passed away peacefully December 1, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife, his brothers and sisters and many good friends. He is survived by sons Jim and Mark, and their wives Vicki and Sandy. He also leaves four grandchildren, Jeanette Andrews, Jessica Andrews Brackett and Shawn and Pat Morgan. Family and friends will meet on Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 p.m. at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a graveside service, Reverend Dr. Bill Barron officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the South Knoxville Food Pantry c/o of Fish Hospitality Pantries, 800 Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919 or donations can be made online at fishpantry.org.
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