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Jon Harrison Wallace

Jon Harrison Wallace

Laurens, SC

 

LAURENS, SC—Jon Harrison Wallace, age 75, passed away on July 8, 2022, at the Greenville Memorial Hospital of cardiac arrest and acute respiratory failure.  He was born in the family home on January 26, 1947, to Harrison and Madeline Wallace.

An honor student, Jon graduated from Brookwood High School in 1965, where he was one of the Five Iron Horses, the successful basketball team remembered for defeating La Crosse Central, a much larger school, in tournament play.  As a senior, he placed fifth in the discus throw at the state track meet. He tried never to miss a reunion with his high school class.

He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a member of the marching band and earned both a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in educational psychology.  He moved to South Carolina in the mid-seventies after his wife, Dr. Donna Davis, accepted a position there.  For a year he took off work and volunteered in his new community, for which he was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” by the governor.  He continued to help individuals in need and nonprofits in his community such as a women’s shelter and Habitat for Humanity.  He served as a mental health evaluator and as a guardian ad litem for countless children, many of them handled pro bono.  He relished a good political debate and was a politics and news wonk.

He loved sports and had a lifelong dedication to health and fitness, beginning with running and golf and then swimming and biking.  He split his time between his homes in South Carolina and Florida.  He especially loved his lake house in South Carolina and the community of people there who shared his love of water sports.  As a way to enjoy more warmth in winter, he and Cookieman cruised to many locations, including favorites Aruba and Hawaii.  Jon was a member of the Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club in Fort Myers and, through the club, was active in reading with children at Orangewood Elementary School.

Survivors include his sisters Ann Wallace and Jean Wallace-Baker (Owen Hoitomt) of Madison WI, several nieces and nephews, and long-time friend Robert “Cookieman” Kemper of Goldsboro, NC.  He was preceded in death by his wife Dr. Donna Davis, two sisters, a brother, and two brothers-in-law.

A memorial service will be held on the lawn facing the lake at his lake home at 10 am, Saturday July 23, 2022.  (Dress casually when arriving at 643 Cane Creek Camp Rd, Cross Hill SC 29332.)

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in honor of Jon H. Wallace payable to any local women’s shelter.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com


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Guestbook

Jon
Was our neighbor at the lake.
He loved my children like his
Own. He seemed to be a force
Bigger than life.
Jon ,I will treasure your friendship forever.
Rest In Peace my friend.

God comfort your family
He loved you all and spoke
0f you often.
He was so proud of his mom
Because she was so independent & loving for so long.


It does not seem real you are gone and I want get to fuss at
You anymore for swimming
In lake without something that floated.
Turns out you were right
The lake was your safe place.

After his wife died he came to Inman and spent Christmas Day with us until he started spending the winters in Florida.

We all loved you Jon
Rose,Nick
Stacey&Jessica

Rose Parris Jul 16 2022 6:46 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jon Wallace

Charles Metz Jul 16 2022 12:46 AM

I worked with Jon for many years in the Mental health field. He was dedicated to his work and the clients he served. He took care of himself and could be seen many times running on my street or at the bi-lo broccoli shopping. My kids knew him as "Runner Jon. " I thought he would live to 120 years old. I will miss him.

Donna Koon Stover Jul 12 2022 6:39 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jon Wallace

Carolyn &Tom Reid Jul 12 2022 4:35 PM

Jon was a good neighbor and friend to me. I'll miss the yearly trips to pick you up from the airport when you returned from Florida each Spring. I'll never eat a tomato without thinking of you, you made sure that there were tomato plants growing in my yard every summer. Little did I know that when you came by on Wednesday, that it would be the last time I would see you, this side of heaven. I'm thankful to have the picture of you waving goodbye to me. Rest in peace, my friend.

Ann Woodward Jul 12 2022 3:24 PM

John was a great person and his love and concern for children was unlimited. I worked with John on several case He was a professional in all ways. He will be missed.

Elaine Smart Jul 12 2022 1:42 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jon Wallace

Debbie Coker Abercrombie Jul 12 2022 11:54 AM