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Windell Ray Wallace

October 15, 1964August 18, 2021
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Windell Ray Wallace, 56, of Fort Smith passed from this life August 18, 2021 in Fort Smith. He was born October 15, 1964, at Fort Chaffee, to Robert and Sarah Shrives Wallace. Windell had worked as a Quality Assurance Coordinator for Stryten Manufacturing the last 7 years. Prior to that, he worked 29 years at Whirlpool Corporation starting as a high school summer hire and leaving as they locked the doors in 2012.

Windell lived a full life, giving generously of his time, talents and energy. He served as a volunteer firefighter for 23 years through Barling (1992-2000) and Greenwood (2000-2015), only stepping away when a shoulder injury interfered.

And while firefighting was a lifetime dream for Windell, most of his volunteer time was “for the kids.” Any time he was asked why he did something, the answer was always, “It’s for the kids.” • He volunteered with the Boy Scouts for 15 years (1998-2015). Over the years, Windell served in Pack 53 and Troop 146, as well as numerous years on staff for Camp Orr and Rogers Scout Reservation. Highlights of his scouting career included serving on the staff of the 2005 National Jamboree and taking a contingency to Puerto Rico scout camp in 2006. His dedication to the youth of Westark Area Council was recognized with the Silver Beaver award in 2009.

• Windell supported the Greenwood Football program as one of the “bulldog” guys, helping with the inflatable, sideline run-through for five seasons at home and playoff games. He also enjoyed organizing and serving large team meals on theme night, especially kabob meals for homecoming.

• The area where Windell gave the most time was through the Greenwood Bulldogs Trap Shooting Team. After approaching the school board in Fall 2008, Windell and Eleanor started the team for the spring season 2009. In 13 years, he has worked with over 1,800 youth. Over the years, 46 squads have qualified for state competition with 6 top-3 finishes at the regional level and 4 top-3 finishes at the state level.

Windell is survived by his wife Eleanor; their three sons, Michael Ray Wallace, Benjamin Richards (Christian), and Alexander Richards (Brooke). He is also survived by his sisters Mary Andrus and Gail McCann (Roger); and his brother David George (Suzanne); and one grandson, Easton Ray Wallace. He is also survived by several nieces, Trisha Andrus, Monica Ibison (Jeremy), Aspen Kelley (Matt), Ayla Klug (Chris), and Raven McCann plus one nephew, Ezra McCann, plus several cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews. Additionally, he is survived by the grandparents of his sons, Mike and Dottie Morrow; and Jerry and Jane Hartfield. Windell was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry George.

Throughout Windell's life, special friends shared many laughs and adventures, especially Kendall Hicks, Darrell Dewitt, Scott Morgan and all the current and former trap coaches that make up the "trap family".

A memorial service celebrating Windell’s life will be 10:30am Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Greenwood High School Performing Arts Center. Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greenwood Bulldogs Trap Shooting Team, PO Box 154, Greenwood AR 72936 or the Almost Home Shelter, 3390 Pointer Trail East, Van Buren AR 72956.

The family would like to thank paramedics Marty Nelson and Frank Fuenas for their assistance in the home, and the Mercy nursing staff, especially ER nurse Karina and ICU nurses Michael, Tiffini, Crystal, Renee, Dawn, Phoebe and Rachel for their care of Windell.

Services

  • A Memorial Service Celebrating Windell's Life

    Saturday, August 28, 2021

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jimmy Wallace

September 4, 2021

I just found out about my nephew Windell , so sorry to hear of his passing.

Gail McCann

August 27, 2021

I wasn't ready . . . I'm still not ready! I've loved you since the minute you were born. You were the kindest, gentlest, smartest little brother. Oh, I forgot ornery! I couldn't have asked for a better brother! In adulthood you were also these things but you also were my right hand guy! Whenever we needed something we'd say "call Windell, he will know". If you didn't, you knew someone who did. You put others ahead of yourself ALL THE TIME! There are so many things I have to say, to remember! In the end I will miss you and forever be grateful that the last words to each other was I love you. SYOTOS!

Laura Streeter

August 27, 2021

Michael,
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Eugene and Laura Streeter

Michael Springer

August 25, 2021

Windell was one of the best all around mechanics I know, just like his Dad he could fix almost anything! There wasn’t ever a nicer guy, he will be greatly missed by me and everyone that knew him.

Trisha Andrus

August 24, 2021

I will forever miss my uncle. He was a very good man and will be missed by many. I remember him at 13 or 14 playing football for Kimmons. He had a marionette named Henryetta. So many memories... praying for Aunt Eleanor, Michael Wallace, Benjamin Richards, Alex Richards and the rest of the family...

Pedro “Pete “ Galvan

August 23, 2021

I wish to express my deepest heartfelt condolences to the Wallace family and friends, and say that Windell was a fine man and I proud to say that he was my friend.
May GOD give him an extra star in Heaven for all the outstanding things he has done.

Bryan Lawson

August 23, 2021

Hello Wallace Family -

Please accept my sincere regret for the loss of your Windell. It was a pleasure working with him over the last four years and an excellent right-hand man. His background and attitude toward the workplace made it easy for me to do my job. Through all the ups and downs, he kept moving forward until the challenges were complete. A person for anyone to respect in every way. He would stand his ground, but yet treat people like he would want to be treated. He was his own man. I hope to see him again.

Misty Gibson

August 21, 2021

There are people who come into your children’s life at the right moment. Windell had the biggest heart and passion to help other’s and it showed in all he was apart of. Even with his own children up and grown , he still had the heart to keep help other children. My son was so blessed to have had him and Eleanor for a coach . Blake will always remember Windell’s instruction to help make him better in his sport and we are so thankful he had the opportunity to get to know him. Me and Craig will always be thankful for his spiritual gift of a servant heart.
Prayers for you Eleanor and your boys from the Gibson home..

Tony McCutcheon

August 20, 2021

Windell was truly one of the nicest people I have ever been around. My prayers go out to you and the boys during this time.

Pamberly and Ronnie Williams

August 20, 2021

Love and hugs coming your way Eleanor and children. Windell was such a good man and always giving of his time for students. May the Lord fill your heart and mind with the fondest memories. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.