Condolence & Memory Journal

Yesterday, I received my Vanderbilt Magazine, Winter, 2018, and read of the 12/01/2017, passing of Perry Wallace. To his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched, I am saddened for your loss. May his memory be for a blessing.
We did not know each other, but I was a Vanderbilt nursing student from 1967-1971. I thoroughly enjoyed Perry Walkace's prowess on the basketball court. Perry, thank you for the memories!

Posted by Jackie Samuels Gibson - Pass Christian, MS   April 10, 2018

To the family May god bless you at this time. Didn't know that Perry went through so much in his life time, but he did it for us. Thank you Perry. Rest In Peace

Posted by - Nashville, TN   January 08, 2018


Nashville, Tennessee

Posted by Sandymoire Brown - Nashville, TN   January 05, 2018

I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. May our Heavenly Father provide strength and comfort to your family during this time of grief. "For he is near to those broken at heart ". Ps 34:17,18.

Posted by A friend   December 27, 2017

Perry Wallace was my absolute favorite professor in law school. He was smart, kind, and humble. Whenever I face adversity in my life ...I think of him. He made me a better student, lawyer and person. I am so sad that he is no longer in our living world. But, he will live in my thoughts and heart forever. RIP Professor Wallace. You will be missed.

Posted by Carrie Gish - Philadelphia, PA   December 23, 2017


Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   December 23, 2017

Pat, So sorry to hear of Dianna's passing she was a real beautiful person inside and out... Many great memories !!! .she knew how to throw a party and have fun. she was one of a kind. for sure. Love you Guys Kent & Cynthia Abeyta

Posted by Kent Abeyta - Riverdale, UT   December 13, 2017

Peace and love to your family.

Posted by - Euclid   December 12, 2017


To the Wallace Family,

Dear Karen and Gabrielle, and the Wallace Family,

May the gentle, kind, and heroic spirit of your loved one continuously comfort and support you.

Annette ivory Dunzo

Posted by Annette Ivory Dunzo - Silver Spring, MD - acquaintance   December 11, 2017

Professor Wallace is the reason I am a business attorney today. I hope to honor his legacy and teach the values he imparted on this world to my future children. I will never forget his teachings and the guidance and kindness he always showed me. Thank you, Professor Wallace, for being an icon and inspiration to so many and to me personally. My sincerest condolences to the Wallace family.

Posted by Parsa Garrett - Atlanta, GA   December 11, 2017

Wow, what an Awesome guy. Thk you Vanderbilt University

Posted by Keith Brimley - Warner Robins, GA   December 11, 2017


My sincere Condolences to the family and friends of Perry wallace.

Posted by A friend   December 11, 2017

To Perry's family, we are deeply sorry to hear about his passing. Our sincere condolences to you for the loss of your love one. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you, and may our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and "make you firm".(2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17)

Posted by Davis Family - FL   December 09, 2017

May the love of close friends carry this family thru this time of sorrow. (Prov 18:24)

Posted by A friend   December 09, 2017

To the Family of Perry Wallace, I send my condolences and love. To his sister, Annie Sweet and her children, he has moved on but I know that you know that God will continue to comfort you all and remind you of the good times. He will be truly missed. I love you all.
Lalita McClain-Crenshaw, Shelbyville, TN

Posted by Lalita McClain-Crenshaw - Shelbyville, TN   December 08, 2017

Saddened as I am by Perry's passing; I am gladdened by the privilege to have been a friend to and fellow-traveler with him during those inhospitable times at Vanderbilt during the late '60s and early '70s. He defined the term "trailblazer". My sincerest sympathies are extended to his family.

Posted by Richard E. Jackson - Nashville, TN   December 08, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family who have lost their loved one to death. God will comfort and sustain you during this difficult time because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6,7)

Posted by - Atlanta, GA   December 08, 2017

To The Family Of Perry Wallace
My condolences to the family on the loss of your dear beloved one. May the God of all comfort,comfort you and grant you peace now and in the days ahead.

Posted by R. C. - IL   December 07, 2017

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I was in awe of Mr. Wallace's many accomplishments in the face of adversity. May the God of all comfort be with you all as you endure this most difficult time.

Posted by Mrs. Gladney - NC   December 07, 2017

My deepest condolences to your family. May you find comfort in knowing that others share your sorrow with you. Take comfort in knowing that God keeps those who die in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. Psalm 116:15

Posted by A friend   December 07, 2017

Having read this obituary and knowing how Mr Wallace lived a successful life despite challenges. His work will continue to inspire others to be strong and resilient. My thoughts and prayers are with the Wallace family during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort knowing that there is hope for our loved ones lost in death can be reassuring.

Posted by MArtins O - Southfield, MI   December 06, 2017

I was a year behind him at Vanderbilt. I remember his physical grace and the wisdom of an elder. He had a great calmness about him. The world will miss him.

Posted by William Green - Laurel, MD   December 06, 2017

My Heartfelt Condolences goes out to your Family and Friends. So very proud of your extraordinary accomplishments in LIFE. Only you could have endured what was given to you, and you made the very best out of it. RIP My brother,because you have ran this RACE, and modeled it for future generations to come.
Min. Delores Brown Prayer Faith & Healing Ministry

Posted by Min Delores Brown - Nashville, TN   December 06, 2017

Our condolences to the family for your loss. He was a very courageous and intelligent man who will be missed by many. May God give you strength and comfort at this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers are with you. (Psalm 147:3)

Posted by A friend   December 06, 2017

My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Perry. I pray that the God of comfort gives you a measure of peace.
1peter 5 : 7

Posted by A friend   December 06, 2017

To the family I am so sorry for the loss of your dear love one. I know how painful not having someone who has been in your life not to be there anymore. For Mr. Wallace to have gone through all those types of injustices as a youth is a travesty . When Mr. Wallace should have been having fun as a youth he was fighting off ignorance. How thankful we are to know that our Heavenly Father did not teach us to hate our fellow man because of the color of our skin. "At this Peter began to speak and he said: "Now I truly understand that God is not partial, but in every nation the man that fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him." Acts 10:34 and 35. May Mr. Wallace sleep in peace.

Posted by - TX   December 06, 2017

Wallace lived an amazing life. He lived through circumstances that were almost unimaginable. He then continued on with his career without bitterness. He and his family can look back on a life well lived. May God bless them with strength and comfort during this time. We are very sorry for your loss. Psalms 55:22

Posted by Johnsons    December 06, 2017

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Lora S. Daniels - Nashville, TN   December 05, 2017

I knew of Mr. Wallace. I am grateful for his courage and perservance.
My condolences to the family and friends.
Great memories never fade.

Posted by Wayne Bell - Kilauea, HI   December 05, 2017

Perry was the nicest opponent I ever played against. High School or college. I once had a break-away dunk during a game (Cameron vrs Pearl 1966), nxt thing I knew, Perry had me pinned to the backboard. I said," Perry, you should have let me have that". He said, "I'm sorry Johnny, scouts are looking"

Posted by Johnny Jobe-Beasley - Nashville, TN   December 05, 2017


Perry rest in Heaven my friend! Although we hadn't seen each other for year, my heart missed a beat when I heard that you had transitioned. God loves you and so did I.
Rest my friend!!

Marita Akins Shelton

Posted by - Madison, TN   December 05, 2017

So very sorry to learn of the loss of such an forgiving man ,in the face of racism it takes a strong minded man to resist the insults of weak individuals. Perry proved that it can be accomplished while he got the job done . May the family and others always remember his example and copy them.

Posted by Ruth - CO   December 05, 2017

Blessings to the family, thank you Mr. Wallace.

Posted by Sheila D Johnson - Nashville, TN   December 05, 2017

Thank You Sir

Posted by Jon Kydd - OH   December 05, 2017

What an inspirational story. Here's a man that had to face adversity all his life from a youth to an older age man.

You know God was watching the whole thing from day one, he's seen your struggle , the oppression, the persecution.

Things were never supposed to be this way. This was not his original purpose. Therefore as loving as he is, he promises to soon completely eliminate all types of wickedness as well as all types of sicknesses on a grand scale, worldwide! Instead he's going to fill the earth with happy, healthy, peaceful people forever! (Isa 37:10,11 & Isa 33:24).

Posted by A D - FL   December 05, 2017

Such a trailblazer and inspiration. May the Wallace family find comfort in the God of all comfort.

Posted by A friend   December 04, 2017

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by - GA   December 04, 2017



Posted by Rudolph Patrick - Detroit, MI   December 04, 2017


RIP Perry

Posted by Henry (Bubber) Robinson - Clayton, NC   December 04, 2017

Condolences to the Wallace family. I'm glad I had the pleasure of knowing Perry when we attended Vanderbilt. To me, he was truly a legion on and off the court. He was a "Gentle Giant". Rest in Peace Perry.

Posted by Henry "Bubber" Robinson - Clayton, NC   December 04, 2017

Most rewarding life to live helping others, may the family and friends be comforted by his fond memories. Keep supporting one another in this time of needed love. My condolences.

Posted by - IN   December 04, 2017

May the family find peace and comfort in knowing all sickness, all pain and death will one day be gone for this has been promised.

Posted by A friend   December 04, 2017

Posted by DH and Family    December 04, 2017

Truly saddened to hear about Perry Wallace. His fine legacy will surely be remembered. I hope to meet him in Paradise! Luke23:43

Posted by A friend   December 04, 2017

My sincere condolences to the Wallace Family for the loss of your dear Perry. May you continue to be blessed with his memory and legacy that is something we can all admire. The most important thing is that our Impartial God is the one that will reward him for his wonderful works (Proverbs 19:17, John 6:40) ~ Linda, Queens, NY

Posted by A friend   December 04, 2017

I knew Perry Wallace at Vanderbilt in 1966. He was a tremendously gifted man and equally as genteel, humble, and of highest moral character. Rest In Peace, my Friend of long ago. The Father God of each and all of us surely welcomes you with well done, my good and faithful servant., well done!

Posted by Fred Hurst, M.D. - Knoxville, TN   December 03, 2017

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Perry. Rest assured life is precious to our Creator. He promises to act in our behalf.
1 Corinthians 15:26

Posted by christian    December 03, 2017

The lowery family sends their heartfelt thoughts to your family with more concern and sympathy than we could ever say. Where hoping the special love this brings well help you to know that you are not alone. And that time will bring you brighter day because we care for you. Mr Wallace's Legacy will never be forgotten. May the God of all peace comfort you at this difficult time.

Posted by Yvonne - Irvington, NJ   December 03, 2017

The Family,

My sincere condolence for the loss of your loved one. May the god of all comfort be with your family and strengthen you.

Posted by carolyn - AL   December 03, 2017


Family God Bless You.Glory To God. Been Through The Fire And Came Out. RIP .

Posted by Douglas Chinn - Camden, NJ   December 03, 2017

Darryl Bentson MTSU 66-70 Played against him three times our freshman year such a smooth and talented player. Remembered when I was guarding Art Welhoerter and Ken Riley was guarding Perry. The ball came into Perry. As Art took me to the wing from the paint , Perry went around Art's screen and dunked it. As I turned to help defend him I literally saw the bottoms of his Converse all-stars at my crouched eye level. I never forgot that moment. I never let Ken Riley forget it either. Two great Legends will never be forgotten by me.

Posted by A friend   December 03, 2017

In 1967-68, at Vanderbilt where I had come South to play football, Perry Wallace offered me shelter from the storm of Southern bigotry and racist hatred that I suddenly unleashed in a still savage land. A land where many viewed me as a traitor to my own white race for committing the "Jim Crow sin" of miscegenation. How does one human being thank another human being for being so decent and kind? My sincerest condolences to family, friends and kindred spirits of all races and persuasions. RIP Perry Wallace. Thank you for your contributions to the human race.

Posted by Terry Thomas - Long Island, NY   December 03, 2017


Posted by c r - PA   December 03, 2017

Praise God for you and prayers to all. Gail King Randolph PHS 71.

Posted by Gail King Randolph - Murfreesboro, TN   December 03, 2017

May the God of all peace bring comfort to the Wallace family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by Carlotta    December 03, 2017

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your love one.

Posted by A friend   December 03, 2017

Take your rest dear champion. You EARNED it!

Posted by Hope - IN   December 03, 2017

My sincere condolences at times such as this,few words of comfort maybe all that you can bear,so rely on God of all comfort and he will comfort you every morning in times of distress Isaiah 33:2.

Posted by Sidney Jones - CA   December 03, 2017


May you be in The Book Of Life.

Posted by MHG Sr    December 03, 2017


God bless you and your loved ones, dear Perry ~ Rest in peace. (( ))

Posted by Jane Dowling - Waterbury, CT   December 03, 2017

Please accept my sincerest condolences. May the God of all comfort be with the family during this difficult time.

Posted by Wendy H - GA   December 03, 2017

Perry Wallace was a giant and accomplished man who went through it all and came out on top. I respect all of his accomplishments and remember him well as an outstanding Vanderbilt player who played against my Kentucky team as a kid. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Don Vermillion - Lexington, KY   December 03, 2017

My condolences to the Wallace Family. In 1979-80 as a student at GWU, I was fortunate enough to be a teammate of Perry's on an intramural basketball team. We won the GW Intramural Tournament and went on to play other DC area schools in a tournament at the University of Maryland. Perry was much more than a great basketball player--wise, kind, thoughtful, determined--are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind. A good, good man. It was an honor to be his teammate and an honor to know him.

Posted by Gary Belowich - Waban, MA   December 03, 2017

Thank you for a life well lived. In 1970 Perry Wallace took time to talk with other students who were entering Vanderbilt (as well as George Peabody). He admonished us to finish first and get the degrees we had come for, first. His words would prove to be lasting,and resoundingly,true.

Dr. Oglesby-Joyce
1975 George Peabody
2001 Vanderbilt University

Posted by A friend   December 03, 2017

Heartfelt condolences to the family. I went to school with his cousin, Ezora Sweet.

Posted by Joyce Vaden Porter - Kernersville, NC   December 03, 2017

To the Wallace family, I am sorry for your loss. I just wanted to share some comforting scriptures. Hosea 13:14. Take care.

Posted by Brandon    December 03, 2017


Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - St.Agatha, ME   December 03, 2017

Perry Wallace will always be one of the true heroes of Nashville, Tennessee.....and, although we will miss him, we will never forget him.

Posted by Rudy - TN   December 03, 2017



Posted by wmc - IL   December 03, 2017

Thank you for all of the joy and laughter.Rest in peace.

Posted by kerrie leonard - Scarborough, ON   December 02, 2017

In honor of a man of true greatness! A man who lived his whole life with impeccable integrity and willingly always gave more than he received. I could literally feel the Divine Greatness emanate from Perry Wallace. R.I.P. in peace Mr. Perry Wallace.

Posted by Mike Edwards - Nashville, TN   December 02, 2017

My heartfelt condolences to family and friends of Mr. Wallace, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting him personally, but I'm sure that he was well loved by all who knew him, keep fond memories of him, they endure forever.

Posted by A friend   December 02, 2017


Posted by Joan Walton - Columbus, GA   December 02, 2017

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS   December 02, 2017

Rest In Peace.

Posted by - Cowford, FL   December 02, 2017

My sincere condolences to all. May the God of peace help all to cope at this time.

Posted by A friend   December 02, 2017

It was an honor to know him and play ball with him. May God bless his family. My prayers are with you.
Joe Herbert

Posted by Joe Herbert - Murfreesboro, TN - friend   December 02, 2017

Sincere condolences to the Wallace family for your great loss. May his legacy of love for what is fair and just live on through each of you. May the God of all comfort sustain each of you during your time of grief.

Posted by J C    December 02, 2017

To The Perry Wallace Family:

Sorry to learn of Perry's, death. May his Soul rest in Peace !!
God Comfort to ALL Family !

I also played basketball at Hiwassee College, TN. 1966. The 1st. African America to play in the all white Dixie
I talked to Perry about a year ago from
Silver Springs, MD. when he called me in
Bowling Green. Ky.

Alonzo G. Webb

Posted by Alonzo Webb - Bowling Green, KY., KY   December 02, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Juanita Ervin - Jacksonville, FL - classmate   December 02, 2017