In Memory of



Obituary for Michael Wallace

Stories of Michael Glen Wallace could fill volumes. To know Michael was to know his story – an all-tooshort winding journey from his childhood in Columbus, Georgia; to becoming a father in Auburn, Alabama; to his service in Afghanistan; to his retirement in Lillian, Alabama. Michael’s childhood adventures in Mohina Woods are the stuff of legend. It was a place where he and his friends roamed the neighborhood streets and woods, but always tried to be home before the streetlights came on. Whenever friends and family gather, the tales were repeated, often by Michael himself. The details weren’t always the same (“I was 7, no, maybe 9”) but the smile and joy in the retelling never changed.

Upon graduation from Hardaway High School, Michael took the first step of the journey that would come to define and shape his adult life: military service. In total, Michael had over 31 years of service to his country, starting from age 18 when he joined the Marines. He followed his tour with the Marines (after a brief experimentation with civilian life which suited him NOT at all) with many years in the Alabama National Guard and concluded his service as active-duty U.S. Army. Throughout his service, what brought Michael the greatest satisfaction were his positions as recruiter and as career counselor. In those roles, he guided numerous young men and woman in pursuing a future he knew was worthwhile. Michael’s life outside the military was equally rich. His heart and own sense of purpose deepened when he welcomed into the world his daughter, Lauren Olivia; and his son, Lance Michael. He could not have been prouder of being their father, and he cherished the fine adults he watched them become.

In 2011, Michael met Kelly, the woman who would share the rest of his life and who inspired him to become the man he was always meant to be – an open, loving, gregarious man, fully at home in his life. She was his rock, and he was hers. In marrying Kelly, Michael also gained two more children, Jordan and Taylor Kinney, whom he embraced and loved fully as his son and daughter. When Michael retired, he and Kelly moved to their own personal retirement paradise in Lillian, Alabama, where he spent his days working on his boat and proudly being Kelly’s personal cheering section and photographer for her running and triathlon events.

Michael never met a stranger. If you had the pleasure of speaking with him for even a moment, you were probably going to be a life-long friend, no matter how or where he found you; pumping gas, sipping coffee, or roaming his neighborhood. His laugh (or snort!) would make you laugh as he shared his stories and listened to yours. Michael’s wide circle of friends – too many to list -- included everyone at Blue Sky Trading Company, the Pensacola Triathlon community, the Lillian Chevron, the entire Spanish Cove neighborhood, the Waffle House, Class Six, and the many “zippy marts” he visited regularly.

Michael is survived by his wife, Kelly Wallace; children, Lauren MacKenzie (Kyle) of Auburn, Alabama, Lance Wallace of Auburn, Alabama, Jordan Kinney of Sedona, Arizona, and Taylor Kinney of Lillian, Alabama. He is also survived by his father, John Harold Wallace, Sr.; and stepmother, Carol Wallace of Columbus, GA; brother, John H. Wallace, Jr (Mary) of Lawrence, KS; sisters, Cara Ibrahim (Tamer) of Brentwood, TN, Julie Murphy of Columbus, Georgia; and brother-in-law, Steve Stone (Patti); nieces, Taylor, Lindsey, Anna, Becca; nephews, Sammy and Zaki; grand-nephews, Ashton and Colton; uncle and aunt, Glenn and Kay Wallace; cousins, Scott, Don, Jeanne, and Donald and their families.

Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lee Cowart Wallace; his infant first-born brother; his sister, Patricia “Patti” Wallace Stone; his paternal grandparents, John Will and Gladys Wallace; and maternal grandparents, Lillie Hunter Lowe and Jacob Alton Cowart.

Please join his family to celebrate his life at a visitation on Thursday, March 14 at 5:00 p.m. followed by a service at 6:00 p.m., being held at Trahan Family Funeral Home, 60 Industrial Boulevard, Pensacola, Florida. Michael loved life and enjoyed nothing more than getting together with family and friends. So, please, bring your stories or leave them below.