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Robert Levi Wallace, Jr.

August 9, 1940 January 3, 2009
Robert Levi Wallace, Jr.
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Obituary for Robert Levi Wallace, Jr.

Robert Levi "Happy" Wallace, Jr. was born August 9, 1940 to the late Robert Levi Wallace, Sr. and Bertha Sinclair Wallace. He was such a joyous little toddler, always bursting into big laughter, which quickly earned him the nickname "Happy.

Happy was educated in Calvert Countyat WS Brooks High School. He began working with his father at an early age at the Eugene Chaney Company operating heavy equipment. It did not take long for him to follow in his father's footsteps as askilled Heavy Equipment Operator. He developed such skill and precision at working heavy equipment that soon it was the only job he would accept. He couldn't use a shovel, but heavy equipment, "that was his life"!

As a teenager, he was a member of the youth choir under Mrs. Bullard at Patuxent United Methodist Church. At age twenty-one, he asked the late Myrtle Louise Rice, "Ms. Myrtle, can I marry Della?" He was in love with Della Juanita Jones Rice, and it didn't matter what anyone said. His love remained steady. On February 11, 1961, the two werepronouncedhusband and wife. From this union were born seven children (Levi, Joey, Travis, Darryl, Robin, Lisa, Nicole) into a family of five brothers (Michael, Julius, Anthony, Nathan, Page)for a total family of twelve kids.

After marriage, he noticed his parents and siblings were different in the way they lived their lives. He soon discovered this different way of living was a result of the teachings of the Apostolic Faith Church. Soon afterwards, he and his wife joined the church and were baptized.

When the Eugene Chaney Company went out of business, father and son went to work for H.V. Humphrey & Sons for many years working as Heavy Equipment Operators. Happylater worked with Thomas L. Hance, Inc. as a Heavy Equipment Operator.His son, Travis, began to learn the trade with himjust as Happy had done with his father. While maintaining jobs in the construction field, Happy also mastered the skill of motor coach driver. He worked many years with Thomas Motor Tours of Lothian, MD and later drove part-time for Keller Bus Service (Motor coach division) in Waldorf, MD.

He worked construction and drove coach buses most of his life until undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. During his recovery,he focused much of his attention on his duties as a School Bus Contractorfor Calvert County Public Schools. After retiring from construction, he became a full-time school bus driver for Calvert County contractors Wesley Jones and J.L. Mackall.

Brother Happy, as he was fondly called, volunteered to drive the church bus whenever he was needed. When the church or others took trips and the bus brokedown,he was right there lending a helping hand with repairs or whatever was needed.On a particular trip to a sister church in Sperryville, Va.,the chartered bus broke down. Bro. Happywent right at it, rolled up the sleeves on hisdress shirt, and helped to get the busrunning again...dirty shirt and all.
Happy was the big soft-hearted teddy bear with a seemingly harsh exterior.He was often
misunderstood. He would tell you aboutyourself inone breath, then turn around and be right there to have your back in the next breath; always surprising people, always helping where he could; especially hands on stuff where he knew he was the expert.Many times, heborrowed equipment from his job to do construction grading for many people free of charge.

Happy was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in early 2000. As his motherpassed the bus business to him in the 1980s,in 2004 hepassed the businessto his daughter Lisa, and entered complete retirement. In February 2006, he suffered a major stroke and was hospitalizedat Georgetown University Hospital. There were times the doctors said he wouldn't make it through the night, but he made it through. Hewas later placedat the La Plata Nursing Home for a few months until space became available at Calvert Nursing Home where he was lovingly cared forfor two years. He departed this life peacefully on Saturday, January 3, 2009 just after 5pm with his buddy Caulton,sister Little Bertha and three grandsons Derek, Erik and Sean by his side.

Traits - "always willing to help" and "asked for nothing in return".

Robert Levi "Happy" Wallace, Jrs parents Robert L. Wallace, Sr. & Bertha S. Wallace and parents-in-law John J. Rice & Myrtle L. Rice preceded him in death.

He leaves to cherish loving memories his wife, Della Juanita Wallace;
Three sons: Levi, Joey (Belinda), Darryl;
One son Travis (Deborah) preceded him in death;Three daughters: Robin (Darwin), Lisa (Frankie), Nicole;
Four stepsons: Michael (Rowena), Julius (Trudy), Anthony (Lisa), Nathan;One stepson: Page (Tammy) preceded him in death;One godchild: Christopher Somerville (Kaylan);
Three brothers: James Jones, Caulton Wallace, Kenneth Wallace;Three sisters: Mildred Young, Bertha Young, Jean Moore;
Two sisters preceded him in death: Doretha Johnson and Vitenia Spears;Seven brothers-in-law: Leonard Young, Amos Young, James Moore, Gene Spears, Wayne Rice, Clinton Rice, John Somerville;Three brothers-in-law preceded him in death; Dewitt Gaither, Kevin Inghram, Louis Johnson;Six sisters-in-law: Irene Jones, Gloria Wallace, Renee Wallace, Jerolene Gaither, Yvette Somerville, Sharon Inghram;Three sisters-in-law preceded him in death: Myrtle Rice, Janice Tolson, Laura Rice;
Thirty-one grandchildren: Nakia, Robert Jr., Jeremiah, Joey A., Shemeka A., Joey M., Trishana N., Joey K., Andrew J., Travis (Lashonda), Derek, Erik, Sean, Trudy, Macy, Paula, Paige,Linelle (Keith), Shaunae, Ron, Michelle (Hugh), Alicia, Olivia, Aaron, Adam, Nakita, Lisa, Leslie, Lauren, Nathan Jr., Page Jr., Krystal;Seven great-grandchildren: Mariyah, Trey, De'Shea, Destiny, Angela, Novea, Janea, Brandon Jr.; And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and loved ones.

Cemetery:

Apostolic Faith Church 8800 Adams Church Road Owings, MD 20736 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at Apostolic Faith Church 8800 Adams Church Road Owings, MD 20736 on Saturday, January 10, 2009 (map/driving directions)

Service:

12:00 P.M. at Apostolic Faith Church 8800 Adams Church Road Owings, MD 20736 on January 10, 2009 (map/driving directions)

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