Shirley Jean Wallace was born on October 19, 1945 in Turrell, Arkansas. She grew into an intelligent, beautiful, loving, and strong woman of faith. Her faith was nurtured by her mother Annie Lee Pulliam and stepfather Jack Pulliam. At a young age Shirley was known to recite poems in public. People were amazed at the short little girl with the big voice.
She attended William R. Golden Highschool where she enjoyed attending sporting events, movies, and parties. She was a member of the 4-H club and a member of the church choir at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
As a young woman Shirley married Paul Wallace and moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan. Where they made wonderful friendships. Shirley continued her education and became a nurse’s assistant and rehabilitation aide with Lakeland where she retired. Shirley was a member of Bread of Life Missionary Baptist Missionary Church led by Pastor Robert L. DeFrance of Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Shirley leaves a rich family legacy of two children: Phyllis Denise Wallace and Paula Jean Wallace-Terrell. Five Grandchildren: Lonnie Clifton, Jr., Thomas Terrell, Jr., Corey Clifton, Jacob Clifton, Tierra Terrell, Tyriq Terrell and Tealah Terrell. Shirley cherished and loved her siblings: Mary Russell, Ella Taylor, Billy Cheatham, Richard Clifton, Leroy Clifton, Tony Clifton; she is blessed by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Shirley was preceded in death by grandmother/grandfather Julia Hollins Cheatham and Clearence Cheatham; her mother/and stepfather Annie Lee Pulliam and Jack Pulliam; her sister Annie Jewel Calloway; and her children Cynthia Diane Clifton, Lonnie Wayne Clifton and Paul Wallace, Jr.