B.D. (Bud) Wallace, 87

July 23, 2010
  • B.D. (Bud) Wallace

JULY 1, 1923-JULY 15, 2010

B.D. (Bud) Wallace, 87, of Hagerstown, passed from this earth Thursday, July 15, 2010, at Julia Manor Rehabilitation Center.

He was born to the late Rosco and Mary Lassiter Wallace on the Osage Indian Reservation in Tulsa, Okla., on July 1, 1923, and was the youngest of five Wallace children.

Bud served in World War II from 1943 to 1945 as a radio operator and a paratrooper in the European Theater. While with the 101st Airborne, he jumped at Operation Market Garden in Holland and received the Purple Heart in Bastogne, France, during the Battle of the Bulge. He completed his military service on the Volga River, where he met the Russians forces at the end of the war.

Bud returned to Tulsa to work as firefighter before beginning his lifelong passion as a cosmetologist and a teacher for nearly six decades. Mr. Wallace founded the Award Beauty Schools in Hagerstown, Frederick and Gettysburg, as well as eight Wallace Hair Salons in surrounding areas, winning several styling contests for his groundbreaking work in the field of cosmetology.


He was active in his community with memberships in the Friendship Lodge AF&AM 804, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, AMVETS Post 10 and Funkstown American Legion Post 211, and could often be found at Beaver Creek Country Club enjoying a round of golf.

Mr. Wallace is survived by his wife of 41 years, Beverly J. (Kisiel) Wallace; his dog, g.g.; his son, Ronald C. Wallace and wife, Antoinette; daughter, Barbara A. Wallace Tipton and husband, Lynn, and youngest daughter, Pam. He also is survived by grandchildren, T.C. Carpenter, Pam Pyles and Charles Wallace; great grandchildren, Charles and Brianna Carpenter, and Charles and Annie Marie Pyles; brother-in-law, Roger W. Kisiel and family; numerous nieces and nephews; and friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth M. Cook Wallace; brothers, Arthur and Charles; sisters, Bertha Kebert and Mae Lyon; grandson, Donald Carpenter; and nephew, Robert Wallace.

Bud was an organ donor and will be cremated.

A Celebration of Life will be Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Road, Hagerstown, Md.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Tall Cedars Foundation, c/o Mr. Jesse Mills, 11335 National Pike, Clear Spring, MD 21722, Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or a charity of your choice.

The family would like to leave you with a poem that Bud wrote on the wall of the nunnery in Bastogne, France, after the costly fighting there.

"When the dust has cleared and the walls repaired. Those who were here and have been spared Will always remember." B.D. Wallace

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