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Sparkman Funeral Home & Cremation Services

1029 South Greenville Ave, Richardson, TX

OBITUARY

Gerald Harmon Wise

May 24, 1932May 17, 2020
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Gerald Harmon Wise was born May 24, 1932 and went to be with his Lord on May 17, 2020. He was preceded in death by his sons, Scott & David, and grandson, Nathan. He is survived by: his wife, of 62 years, Lois; and son, Barry his wife Cindy; daughter-in-law, Alyona; grandchildren, Gregory his wife Kristie, Nicolas, Brent, and Alexander; great-grandchildren, Penny, Kylie, Gideon, and Lailah. Gerald played the fiddle from an early age till his late twenties. He was on the radio in East Texas from 1948-1951. He was called the "Fiddling Sensation of the Nation". He loved Gospel music and played country music on his fiddle. He fought in the Army during the Korean War (1953-1955) where he was a medic. He used to brag to his sons that he held off a division of Germans with his rifle and just a few bullets. Gerald had an absolute fascination with trains. He said he always would have loved to work for the railroad and be the man on the caboose waving at people as they went through each town. He went to Texas Tech as well as SMU for college. He was very proud of his dad as he served as a great role model for him as a policeman for Dallas. He became a CPA and financial advisor for many different companies as well as individuals. He worked for Collins Radio (provided communications for moon landings), Rockwell international , US steel, Diamond shamrock Oil, and Fina Oil Company. After retiring, he continued to do Tax Returns for small companies and individuals. His sons never had to do their own tax returns and still to this day they couldn't do their taxes because he always took care of that for them. He was the choir director at Brother Paul Hosch's Emmanuel church for many years; The first and largest Pentecostal church and choir in Dallas at the time. He sang in a quartet for years and helped numerous singers develop their talent after he groomed them. He Helped with Boy Scouts as a leader's helper with camp outs for all his sons. Aside from all of his professional and academic accomplishments, Gerald was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather among other things. His humor was renown across several generations of family. Lastly and most importantly, Gerald loved the Lord. He was a faithful servant to the church and to his family in countless capacities. If nothing else, you could hear it in his voice as he sang along with Jimmy Swaggert and others. Though he leaves a remarkable impression on this Earth and countless people, he would desire that God receive all of the glory. He has run the race well, and now has finally crossed the finish line. In lieu of flowers you may wish to send a donation to the American Cancer Society in Gerald honor.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Lee Patterson
  • Greg Wise
  • Nicolas Wise
  • Brent Wise
  • Alex Wise
  • Mike Faulker

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

Memories

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Angela Kelley

June 3, 2020

Another one of our precious family members got promoted to heaven! My thoughts and prayers are with everyone as we get through this difficult time. May our memories of him and sharing with family and friends be the sweetest of all. Our love to all of you! Angie

Paul Fuller

May 22, 2020

I knew Gerald from his days at Emmanuel church. I admired him when I was a little boy and he was always one of my role models. That has remained true even to this day.

Ruthie Dawson-Tanner

May 19, 2020

Our families were so intertwined through church and the love of music....yes close friendships but the “famous quartet” that spent untold hours of practices at our homes. Always so kind- he was the gentle giant!
Ruthie

Darlene Carpenter Herring

May 19, 2020

What wonderful memories I have of Gerald. He was always a gentleman and treated me so kindly. He never made me feel like the little kid who tagged along even though that’s what I was. I can still see him leading songs at EPC. My heartfelt condolences to you, Lois.

Happy Nelson

May 19, 2020

Gerald was a trusted, tried and true friend. We worked together on the Cottenwood Creek Drainage Association.
We got the City of Richardson to build retaining walls to prevent erosion to property owners along the creeks. I will always remember his friendship. I loved him dearly.

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Biography

Gerald Harmon Wise was born May 24, 1932 and went to be with his Lord on May 17, 2020.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Scott & David, and grandson, Nathan.
He is survived by: his wife, of 62 years, Lois; and son, Barry his wife Cindy; daughter-in-law, Alyona;
grandchildren, Gregory his wife Kristie, Nicolas, Brent, and Alexander; great-grandchildren, Penny, Kylie, Gideon, and Lailah.
Gerald played the fiddle from an early age till his late twenties. He was on the radio in East Texas from 1948-1951. He was called the "Fiddling Sensation of the Nation". He loved Gospel music and played country music on his fiddle. He fought in the Army during the Korean War (1953-1955) where he was a medic. He used to brag to his sons that he held off a division of Germans with his rifle and just a few bullets. Gerald had an absolute fascination with trains. He said he always would have loved to work for the railroad and be the man on the caboose waving at people as they went through each town. He went to Texas Tech as well as SMU for college. He was very proud of his dad as he served as a great role model for him as a policeman for Dallas. He became a CPA and financial advisor for many different companies as well as individuals. He worked for Collins Radio (provided communications for moon landings), Rockwell international , US steel, Diamond shamrock Oil, and Fina Oil Company. After retiring, he continued to do Tax Returns for small companies and individuals. His sons never had to do their own tax returns and still to this day they couldn't do their taxes because he always took care of that for them. He was the choir director at Brother Paul Hosch's Emmanuel church for many years; The first and largest Pentecostal church and choir in Dallas at the time. He sang in a quartet for years and helped numerous singers develop their talent after he groomed them. He Helped with Boy Scouts as a leader's helper with camp outs for all his sons. Aside from all of his professional and academic accomplishments, Gerald was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather among other things. His humor was renown across several generations of family. Lastly and most importantly, Gerald loved the Lord. He was a faithful servant to the church and to his family in countless capacities. If nothing else, you could hear it in his voice as he sang along with Jimmy Swaggert and others. Though he leaves a remarkable impression on this Earth and countless people, he would desire that God receive all of the glory. He has run the race well, and now has finally crossed the finish line.

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