David Wayne Wallace
By Kim Swindell Wood | June 12, 2018 6:55 am
“Ranger Dave” David Wayne Wallace, described as a ladies’ man, animal lover, nature enthusiast, philosopher, guru of knowledge and influence of leaders past, present, and future entered eternal life at his home, in Sparta, on June 9, 2018.
“Danger Rave,” as he was also affectionately known, started his journey on this earth, on Dec. 18, 1946, shortly after the end of World War II. This generation has affectionately become known as the “Baby Boomers.” While David may have been short in stature, his booming personality more than compensated. Shy, reserved, introverted, and not opinionated were all words used to describe this towering personality – said no one ever.
David had the unique ability to never meet a stranger or be at a loss for words. This trait would, in turn, prove to be one of his greatest attributes. The year was 1975, and, unbeknownst to David, he was embarking on a career path within the Boy Scouts of America that would shape not only his life but also the lives of so many others that he met. He took the position of ranger at Camp Buck Toms working under the Great Smoky Mountain Council. The relationships, people, and adventures that subsequently followed over the next 35 years, until his retirement, shaped the man that he became and gave him endless joy.
With his best friend, Rex, in tow, David would love to drive up and down through camp talking to the scouts, new and old alike. He was frequently greeted by the youngsters with a, “Hey Rex,” which he, in turn, would respond with, “What about me?” which he loved to say.
David took along on this ride his daughter and three surviving sons: Abbey Sutton (husband Barry Sutton), Chuck Wallace, Brian Wallace (wife Meredith Wallace), and Justin Wallace. Unfortunately for David, he never did find out who the real father of these four were nor was he able to collect on child support for raising them.
Another one of David’s greatest joys in life was tormenting, aggravating, and torturing his four beautiful, innocent, and angelic sisters: Pat, Donna, Joy, and Jan. Recipients of genetic circumstance, these four extraordinary woman would influence a young David Wallace and help mold the budding personality of the man that would be later known as Ranger Dave. Since these ladies were there at the forefront, one could argue that his bigger-than-life personality was their fault, if one was to make such an argument. Ha! Ha! David loved these four wonderful women, and with David’s laid-back and easy-going personality, the five of them together were the epitome of peace and harmony. It’s fitting then that Wallace be the name bestowed upon them, as everyone knows Wallace comes from the Scottish phrase “quiet and not opinionated.”
David had a magnetic personality that drew people in and held them there, which brings us to David’s great loves. Unfortunately, due to non-binding arbitration and non-disclosure agreements, these incredible women have asked not to be named. In reality, David was able to do what many cannot and remain friends with these wonderful women who gave their love and companionship.
David is preceded in death by his mother and father, Gerald Wallace and Virginia Wallace.
He is survived by his seven grandchildren, Colby Wallace, Asher Wallace, Sophie Wallace, Everett Wallace, McKenzie Anderson, Cody Smiley; nieces and nephews, Sarah, Kim, Jeri Lynn, Jennifer, Adam, Jonathan; and cousins, other friends, and family far and wide.
David was and always will be one-of-a-kind, and he cherished every relationship he made throughout his extraordinary life. Thank you to everyone out there that was able to join in on his journey and become part of his story.
There will be a visitation for friends and family 5-7 p.m., June 13, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, in Sparta. For those of you that are with scouting and Roane County family, there will be a Celebration of Life for ole Ranger Dave that will be held at 2 p.m., July 9, 2018, at Camp Buck Toms, in Rockwood.
In lieu of flowers, we would prefer you make a donation to the Lift Life Foundation at www.liftlifefoundation.org.
Cremation and visitation services are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.