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Funeral service for Raymond Wallis will be held 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at Memorial Heights Baptist Church. Pastor Paul Simpson will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, at MMS-Payne Funeral Home from 1-8 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m
Charles Raymond Wallis passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at the age of 86.
The son of Homer and Bertha Jones Wallis was born January 11, 1931 in Claremore, Oklahoma. As a young boy he was raised in rural Claremore in the Harmony Starr community. Later he would attend Sequoyah schools where he graduated, as a member of the class of 1948.
A short time later Raymond's life would change. While at a party he met Rose Ellen Seals. They would marry on December 27, 1951 in Claremore. However their honeymoon was short lived. Raymond was called to serve his country during the Korean War. He served until being honorable discharged in 1954. Raymond then returned home to Claremore.
In 1958 Raymond and his family moved to Tulsa. There he had began his long career in the Aviation industry. It started at Spartan Aircraft, which led into McDonald Douglas, Rockwell International and eventually led him to retiring from Boeing in 1992. During this time he was also active in church, he attended Turley Baptist Church and later South Lakewood Baptist Church. After living in Tulsa for 43 years, Raymond and Rose decided to return home to Claremore. At that point they joined Memorial Heights Baptist Church. There he served as an usher, was on the bereavement committee and was a member of the Sams-Sals.
In his spare time Raymond loved gardening and golfing, which he did until his health prevented him from continuing. He also collected case knifes, coins, and Geo. Lefton lighted Christmas Villages. There was also family fun night where they would play numerous card games, and dominoes. He loved doing that so much that he started a game night with his Sunday School Class.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Bertha Wallis; step-mother, Dorothy Yarnell Wallis, and brothers, Richard, Mitchell and Austin Wallis and sister Nadine Genzel.
Survivors include his wife Rose, daughters, Deborah Harrison, Barbara Wood and husband Danny, and Kimberly Holden and husband Jeff; grandchildren, Jennifer Keeler, Lindsey Kerr, Katie Kerr, Miranda Hampton, Michelle Harrison and Taylor Holden; great grandchildren, Corbin London, Boston, Cash, Macie, Cheyenne, Brooklyn, Kaleigh, and Zachary, and brothers and sister-laws, Hosea and Belza Wallis, Marvin and Neppie Wallis, and Jerry and Cheryl Wallis, sister Louise Jantzen, and numerous step-brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.
The family requests that in Lieu of flowers donations be made to Memorial Hights Baptist Church Building Fund.
View and sign Raymond's online tribute at www.mmsfuneralhomes.com.
Published on October 18, 2017
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