Richard "Gator" Wade Wallace

August 9, 1962April 1, 2019

Richard "Gator" Wade Wallace, age 56, of Monroe, went home to be with the Lord on April 1, 2019.

He was born in Union County on August 9, 1962, the son of Wade Nelson Wallace and Frankie Taylor Long. He was preceded in death by his father, his paternal grandparents, Jeff and Melinda Wallace and maternal grandparents, Earl and Mae Taylor all of Monroe.

"Gator" is survived by his loving mother, Frankie Taylor Long and step-father, Eddie Long of Monroe; his special friend, Dana Knight; his step-brother, Michael Long (Amy) of Weddington; his step-sister, Kathy Zavaleta (Victor) of Monroe; his uncles, Calvin Wallace (Mary Jo) and John Wallace (Brenda) of Monroe; his aunt, Margaret Melton (Ronnie) of Monroe; his uncles, Dan Taylor of Monroe and Ronald Taylor (Maurine) of Knoxville, TN and his aunt, Dot Taylor-Senter of Carrboro. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Altan Presbyterian Church. A service to celebrate the life of "Gator" will be held 11:00am Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Altan Presbyterian Church with interment following in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to Altan Presbyterian Church Building Fund, PO Box 3157, Monroe, NC 28111. McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe is honored to serve the family of Mr. Wallace.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, April 4, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, April 4, 2019

Richard "Gator" Wade Wallace

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Eli Ross

April 11, 2019

I will never forget you gator as a boy going hog hunting with you and my pop's. That was crazy. And my uncle saying to me "is gator really a cop?" Laugh out loud my pops said to tell ya he sure misses your wild rear end... With love RIP. Gator.

Josey Mcmanus

April 4, 2019

Thanks for being a good friend
Will always remember the fun we had together cooking at the bbq shack and good times hunting together!
Never was a dull moment when you were around , you were truly one of a kind and I’m proud to call you my friend!
Will miss stopping by the White House in Altan With the kids so they could help you feed the chickens
you always treated us like family and will never be forgotten
RIP Gator

Beth Albrough

April 4, 2019

Such a God loving man. Always willing to serve others. He once shucked all my steamed oysters for me cause I sure couldn't. He will truly be missed by so many.

Peggy Strickland

April 3, 2019

Sorry for your loss Frankie.
Remembering Gator fondly. He was always joking and smiling. I remember the golf cart ride he took me on at Junior and Paulette. Wow it was wild. Rest in Peace Mr. Wallace

Mike Honeycutt

April 3, 2019

Gosh Gator!! I love ya Brother!! You were always a Brother

Elizabeth Cagle then Nixon

April 2, 2019

Frankie, I remember teaching Sunday School lessons to a bunch of kids at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church. Gator was one of those kids. What a fine young man he was in those days and I will always remember him with joy. Frankie, I am so sorry for your loss, but you raised a fine young man. I will never forget some of our conversations over your kitchen table. I wish I could be there to say good bye to him and hello to you, but I cannot. I will be praying for you and Dan and all of your family members. Blessings!

Jill Santuccio

April 2, 2019

Much love and prayers to Frankie especially .. as well as to all of the Taylors, Wallaces (Uncle Junior) and extended family ... and especially law enforcement throughout Union County. I won't be able to be there Wednesday or Thursday, but I'll be lighting a candle and having my own celebration of Gator's well-lived life out here in Denver. There are too many memories to share here, Richard Wade ... know you'll forever be in my heart ... rest in peace, 488.

Eddie Wallace

April 2, 2019

Prayers for the Family RIP Gator

Savannah Gordon

April 2, 2019

Dear Uncle Gator,

I love you very much and miss you. You will forever remain my uncle.

Love you,

Terri Eubanks

April 2, 2019

Wonderful, caring, giving man. Was always good for a laugh. Remember him from back in the day, working as a police officer with daddy. Worked very hard in church functions, cooking and serving. Will miss “Gator” very much!❤️