PATRICIA A. WALLACE
On September 4, 2017, Labor Day morning in the presence of her second oldest daughter Leah; Mother Patricia Ann Wallace answered the Master’s call and departed this life at her residence in Prince George County, Va.
Patricia Ann Wallace, was born on February 28, 1947, in Brunswick County, Va., to the late Everett Jones and Rev. Gracie Lee Gibbs. Patricia was the oldest out of six children and was raised by her mom and Mr. Joseph Gibbs.
During Patricia’s early years of life at the age of six, she learned how to play the piano taught by her mom. At that tender age, it was noted that God had given Patricia a special gift to play by ear as she learned how to read the notes. Also in her young years, she accepted the Lord as her personal savior. Patricia received her education from the Dinwiddie County Schools where she graduated at Southside High School in 1966. Due to her health issues during her youth, she was still able to overcome and was very active in school particularly in the Journalism Club.
After graduation, Patricia moved to Washington, DC, in 1967, where her father paid for her to attend Kelly Services to get certifications as a secretary and court reporter. At that time she met and married William Mullen in 1968, to that union two children were born, Noelle Mullen and Leah Darlene Mullen. While her husband was serving in the military service they relocated to Colorado Springs, Colo., and Detroit, Mich. During the time of relocation, she was a stay at home wife and mother that cared for her two children while she helped prepare military parachutes alongside her mother-in-law, Shirley Jackson for the Vietnam War.
In 1974, Patricia relocated back to Washington, DC, where she gained employment with DC Public School System within the Transportation Unit. As a couple of years passed, Patricia started her federal career at the United States Department of Agriculture. After giving over 30 years of service to the federal government, Patricia retired in January 2010. In her tenure at Department of Agriculture, she received numerous merit and cash awards. Patricia was very talented, effective and efficient to the point in her work that she was selected to fill in at the White House Secretary Poll, during President Ronald Reagan Administration.
In 1977, Patricia remarried Elder Robert Wallace, Jr.; into that union they had one son, Robert Tyrus Wallace III; and one daughter, Linnis Patrice Wallace. In the late 1970’s, Patricia and her family, attended and were devoted members of the Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ Temple (Headquarters) on New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC, under the great leadership of an “Awesome Man of God and Founder,” Apostle Smallwood E. Williams. She was affectionately known as Sis. Pat, and was a part of and played for many church clubs such as The True Blues, The Rain & Shine, and The Willing Workers.
Patricia had a beautiful voice and could be heard singing in 1st soprano in the Bible Way Temple Radio Choir. She also played the piano/organ for 8:00 o’clock Bible Way Temple broadcast service under the leadership of the late Dr. Pearl Williams-Jones.
Momma Wallace, Sis Pat, or Mother Wallace as people would call her, helped countless of churches and organizations to including funeral homes in the music ministry department. Not only was she gifted in music and song, she was a hairstylist. She was a well-known and sort out by countless churches, non-profit/ profit organizations, and individual needs for being an extraordinary seamstress. If you needed a robe, she made it. If you needed pants/skirt hemmed or simply busted your seam, she had needle and thread in her purse with safety pins. If you needed a wedding/prom dress, she made that too. Whatever that you needed and it was associated with fabric; and you didn’t have a pattern or couldn’t get a pattern from the fabric store, she created and made one for you.
Every year at church convocations and diocese meetings, Patricia had a table with her sewing machine, pins, scissors, etc. for people to purchase hankies, lap scarfs, corsages with pretty bow-ribbons, usher hats, and prayer caps. She was wellknown at the Sara Fabric store, where the owner gave her fabrics to her countless of times because she was one of their top customers. Patricia was so organized with her fabric, buttons, and lace that she built several wall units in her home to showcase tons of different fabrics, buttons, and lace to make for people if they came to her for her sewing expertise.
Patricia’s favorite scripture was “Psalms 121” and favorite songs were “Great Is Thou Faithfulness” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” She couldn’t cook soul-food like her mom and late husband Elder Wallace but she knew how to pick good fruit and vegetables. She made some good fried apples, handmade soups, and always had a ginger root boiling in water.
Just two months ago, she was preceded in death by her mother, Rev. Gracie Lee Gibbs Scott. Also preceding in death were her fathers, Everett Jones and Joseph Gibbs; husband, Elder Robert Wallace, Jr.; sister, Josephine Bland; and a son-in-law, Antonio Bland.
Mother Patricia Wallace, leaves to cherish her memories to her children, caregiverLeah Darlene Weaver (Edward) of Prince George, Va., Noelle Bland of Columbus, Ohio, Robert Tyrus Wallace III (Aisha) of Chesterfield, Va., and Linnis Wallace (Terrance Speights) of Washington, DC; fourteen grandchildren, William Mullen, Darius Mason, Alphonzo Alexander Marsh, Mariah Patrice Marsh, James Ford, Jr, Elijah Lee Bland, Victoria Weaver, Ja’Nice Marie Wallace, Mikiya Leigh Wallace, Jeremiah Ali Wallace, Robert Jelonie Wallace, Nyla Simone Wallace, Sinnil Amelia Wallace, and Issac Kedar Wallace; thirteen great grandchildren; sisters, Donita Wooten and Donnette Dent (Raymond), both of Dinwiddie, Va.; stepsister, Betty Scott of Chesterfield, Va.; brothers, Joseph “Bubba” Gibbs of Dinwiddie, Va., and Dallas Gibbs (Darlene) of Chesterfield, Va.; godbrother, David Hale (Tanya) of Church Road, Va.; goddaughter, Sharon Greenidge of Camp Springs, Md.; godson, Walter Junious Thompson of Severn, Md.; uncle, Clarance Hopson (Leann) of Winchester, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Mable Simpkins of Washington, DC; a devoted brother-in-law, Herbert Wooten of Petersburg, Va.; devoted friend, Emma Clark of Silver Spring, Md.; spiritual parents, Apostle Floyd E. Nelson Sr. (Yvonne) of Laurel, Md.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Services for Ms. Patricia Ann Wallace will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 2223 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, Va., Bishop Jeffrey L. Reaves, Sr., Pastor, and Bishop Darren L. Gay, Sr., eulogist. The interment to follow at
Marmora Baptist Church Cemetery.
A wake service will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2017, at the funeral establishment.
The family will assemble at 12 noon the day of the service and receive friends at 3919 Pruett Drive, North Prince George, Va.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Ms. Wallace at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.