OBITUARY

Lois Leanna Wallis

October 3, 1930January 5, 2021
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Lois Wallis, age 90, passed away peacefully on January 5th, 2021. She was surrounded by her family in her home at the time of her earthly departure. Lois Leanna Williams was born on October 3, 1930 in Grubbs, Arkansas to parents Joe and Ethel Williams. She was the youngest of her parents' 8 children, with 4 brothers and 3 sisters. She was the last living sibling. She and her family moved to Memphis when she was a child where she later attended Central High School and Memphis State University. If there is one thing Lois was known for it was being a very savvy business woman. She began her career working with Sears as a traveling supervisor and later branched into Real Estate where she had immense success, winning many awards and loyal clients. Lois started her real estate career in Memphis in 1969 and continued after moving to Little Rock. She loved her work and how it brought her in contact with people from so many different walks of life. She truly lived a life that was full of acceptance and kindness towards strangers, something that brought her many new friends throughout her lifetime.

Aside from her career, perhaps the most important aspect of her life was her family. She married the love of her life, Jack Wallis, on August 14,1955. Together they had two children, Debbie and Mike. Motherhood came naturally to her, as did many other things, such as cooking and hosting large holiday gatherings full of recipes that will now be passed down to her loved ones. She and Jack were active members of First Baptist Church in Little Rock for over 40 years before moving to Jacksonville to be close to her family and most importantly, her great grandbabies. Her son Mike passed away on December 6, 2016. They are now with each other in heaven.

She is survived by her husband Jack, her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Terry Brown, her daughter-in-law, Annette Wallis, grandchildren: Michael and Nicole Brown, Karen and Ryan Sweat, Andrew Wallis, Kristen Wallis, and great grandchildren Jackson Brown, Sinclair Sweat, and Aspen Sweat.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN.

A service honoring her life will be held on Monday, January 11th at 11:00am at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills (850 St. Johns Bluff Road N, Jacksonville, FL).

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, January 11, 2021

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Jim Lagrone

January 16, 2021

Becky and I have such fond memories of you guys. It was a joy to meet you and be your friend. We will be praying for Jack and the family during the weeks and months ahead.
Jim Lagrone

Patricia Peacock

January 11, 2021

Mrs. Wallis was my 2nd mom in high school. Her daughter, Debbie, was a dearest friend at school snd church. I think we spent overnights most weekends. She was a calming snd loving influence in my life. God’s love and peace. You were a grounding rod in my life and I will always love and be thankful for you, Debbie, Jack and Michael.

Hema iannacone

January 10, 2021

With our heartfelt deepest Sympathy and Condolences; thinking of you at these sad and difficult time. We pray to God and wish you peace to bring comfort, strength and courage to face the days ahead with loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. She was greatly loved, respected and admired. May Ms. Lois soul rest in peace. We love you very much. Ms. Lois, we are grateful to all your delicious home baked deserts you shared with us, came by our house with your kind, loving and caring smile to give us special treats, we enjoyed it very much. We missed your beautiful smile, talking to you and hugging you when you sat in chair outside your home. She was a great person. She had been an inspiration to us. Her memories will be treasured in our hearts always. You are the Best and very special Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Family. Stay strong. God loves you. May the prayers of those who know and love you comfort you and God Bless you and keep you.

Our Sincere and deepest condolences to the family
AL, Hema and Family (neighbor)

Anita Gwatney

January 7, 2021

Please accept my deepest sympathy. Lois was a wonderful Realtor and role model to many. I am so grateful for her kindness in sharing her experience when I first began my Real Estate career. She was a hard worker and taught me the value of quality service by example. I pray for you to know Gods comfort in the days ahead. And to my friend Lois, rest in love.
Anita Gwatney

Marie Martin

January 6, 2021


"They say friends are the family we choose. In 1984 when I started to work at Rector Phillips Morse, I was assigned a mentor to work with me and help me get established in the business, that mentor was Lois. Her being my mentor was one of the greatest blessings of my life. For 15 years we were so close. We worked together each day and then finished our day with a phone conversation each evening. Jim would kid me and ask, “what could the two of you have to talk about for over an hour each evening when you have been together all day”. Even though we moved in different directions in the past 22 years I will always have wonderful and fond memories of our time together.
"Friendship transcends death. Memories made will never be forgotten and will created a lasting impression on those they left behind. I am a better person for knowing you, better for having met you. May you be as blessed in the next life, my friend, as I was in this one by knowing you”.

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