William Stephen Wall Sr., 87, of Blackshear, passed away Sunday morning, June 27, 2021, while at his vacation home in Cashiers, NC.
Born in Blackshear, December 11, 1933, he had lived in Pierce County all his life. At the young age of 11 he started working in the grocery business delivering groceries on his bicycle. While in high school, he excelled in sports lettering all four years in basketball, football, and baseball all while working at Davis Grocery as a meat cutter. He would go on to graduate from Blackshear High School in 1953 and attended college for a year before coming home and working at Carl Johnson’s Feed Store. It was 1955 when several life changing events took place for him. He married the love of his life, Ann Colley Wall, went to work for his new father-in-law at Colley’s Grocery and by the end of the year became a proud new father. Over the years, that little grocery store would grow to become Wall’s IGA where it is still a thriving grocery store in our community. Even at the age of 87, he was still opening up the store and waiting on customers every morning. He was also the former owner of the IGA in Ludowici.
The grocery business wasn’t the only business venture he was involved in. In the late 1960s, he started the United Market Convenience Store and just recently built their new location on U.S. Highway 84 East. He and his family also started the Comfort Inn in Blackshear.
He had been a member of several business related organizations as well as civic organizations over the years such as the Jaycee’s, the Blackshear City Council for which he had served for many years, the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, the Pierce County Industrial Authority for which he had been a board member, The Peoples Bank where he had been on the board of directors and several supper clubs. Over the years, he was very honored to have received numerous awards from the community he loved and worked in. He was a very hard worker with a strong work ethic but he did take time to enjoy life with his family by traveling and having big family get-togethers. He had also enjoyed playing golf and fishing in his younger days. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
He was a son of the late Durward and Vera Lee Bowen Wall. He was also preceded in death by a son, David Wall; his brother, N. Edward Wall and by his brother-in-law, Jake Popham.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Ann Colley Wall, Blackshear; his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Roy Gilleon, Blackshear; his son and daughter-in-law, William S. “Bill” Jr. and Peggy Wall, Blackshear and daughter-in-law, Dawn Wall, Blackshear; his sister, Vera Sue Popham of Blackshear; seven grandchildren, Candi (Matt) Lee, Shannon (Alison) Gilleon, Stephen Wall, Stuart (Courtney) Wall, David “D.J.” Wall Jr., Logan Wall and Kirby Wall; seven great-grandchildren, Caleb Gilleon, Thomas Lee, Hannah Gilleon, Mattie Lee, Micah Gilleon, Jack Wall, and Lincoln Wall; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at First Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 1, from the First Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church, 670 Main St., Blackshear, GA 31516, Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501, or to ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease at www.als.org.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.