Wallace Atwater, passed away on February 28, 2018 at the age of 69. He is preceded in death by his mother Elnora Atwater and devoted grandmother Foy Flounoy.
Wallace graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967. He was employed at Inland Manufacturing, a division of General Motors. Wallace, tired of the layoffs that the auto workers were going through, struck out and sought his fortune in Los Angeles, CA. Wallace was employed for 27 years with the Sweetheart Cup Co. Wallace brought both is brother and sister to California. He was a foreman who employed his brother and sent his sister to school. The siblings never paid a bill while they lived with him which is the way Wallace wanted it. He meant the world to his brother and sister.
He was a lifelong Raiders & Lakers fan. He always had a love of cars. Wallace, with an injury at work and the declining health of his mother, returned to Dayton in 1996. Wallace became a member of Omega Baptist Church at the urging of his brother Bruce. Wallace has been a faithful servant and he served as long as his health allowed with the Baptism Ministry and the Transportation Ministry.
He met the love of his life, Vonya "Vonnie" Howard at Omega. Vonnie has been a source of quiet strength and grace through this entire journey. Day in and day out she has worked side by side with the family. Wallace's health declined rapidly and caught everyone by surprise. Wallace passed away peacefully knowing he was surrounded by family and safe in the embrace of our Lord and Savior. Wallace leaves to cherish his memory his devoted mate, Vonnie Howard, his devoted brother and caregiver Bruce (Cheryl) Atwater, his devoted and loving sister Carmen Atwater and a host of special friends; there are too many to list. He loved the Roosevelt class of 1967.
Wallace will be sadly missed by all.