Harold Banks Wallis, Sr., 91, of Chattanooga passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, October 25, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, children Gail Bell, Harold “Butch” (Traci) Wallis, Jr., and Susan Pangborn; grandchildren, Jillian Bell, Banks (Savanna) Pangborn, David (Kristin) Dettelbach, Dorothy Wallis, Emily (Adrian) Lolchoki, and Hallie Pangborn; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, James David Wallis, Sr. and Olive Banks Wallis, and siblings Juanita Wallis Burnett, John Wallis, Willard Wallis Howard, and James Wallis, Jr.
Born in Columbus, GA on May 21, 1928, Harold was a long-time resident of Chattanooga, TN, graduating from Central High School. He was a proud veteran of the Army, serving during the Korean War. From a young age, he valued work ethic, delivering fliers on his own when he was 11 years old. He spent his working years in transportation management including time at GAF/Polysar Latex/BASF. He finished his career as a Vice President with CPC Logistics, helping to build the company and was a beloved employee who will be missed by many. A former deacon of the Rossville Church of Christ, he was a strong believer in Jesus Christ and very active in his church community. He was an integral part of the Harvest House at the Rossville church helping to feed those in need.
Out of all his accomplishments in life, he was proudest of his family. He was a dedicated husband, married to Dorothy for 64 years. He was a devoted father and grandfather, and he cared for others more than himself. Harold was known by all as a man filled with love and wisdom. Because of his natural charm and charisma, he never met a stranger and was the epitome of a strong Southern gentleman. Harold had a soft place in his heart for Savannah, GA, with its live oaks and Spanish moss, as well as beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, especially Gulf Shores, AL. He was a loyal Tennessee Volunteer football and Atlanta Braves baseball fan, and he spent his early retirement years playing golf as often as possible. A man truly beloved by all, he will be missed and fondly remembered.
A funeral service will be held at 1 PM Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with Minister Jack James officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tennessee AGAPE or the Alzheimer's Association.
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