Wallace Morrisey Hibbard, age 85, was born July 17, 1931, in Ithaca, New York, to parents Oscar and Helen Hibbard. He passed away March 11, 2017 of Alzheimer’s.
Wallace was preceded in death by his parents and sister Alice Bank.
He is survived by Jean Hibbard; his children Dewayne Hibbard, Scott Hibbard, and Marcy Freeman and her husband, Tony; his grandchildren, Clint Mullan, Bryan Mullan, Ashley Maddox & her husband David, Nicole McKeon, Elizabeth Hibbard, Samantha Hibbard, Christopher Hibbard, Justin Hibbard, Jenny Hibbard; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Wallace graduated High School in Johnson City, New York, then enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving 4 years during the Korean War. He was a Senior Master Mechanic, where he serviced and repaired Fighter planes and was stationed at many bases throughout the United States including Oakland California, Chanute AFB Illinois, Cincinnati Ohio, Wichita Kansas, Pensacola Florida, and Perrin AFB in Sherman Texas.
He met his future wife at the USO in Dallas in 1952. They married in 1954 and settled in Dallas where he attended SMU and graduated in 3 years, being on the Dean’s List every year. Wallace and Jean began their family while Wallace was working at American Bank & Trust part time as a night teller and eventually advancing to Senior Vice President of the Bank. He later attended SMU Graduate School of Banking.
Aside from his duties at the bank, Wallace served on numerous committees in the Oak Cliff Community: Assistant Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster (Boy Scouts of America), YMCA Indian Guides, Ordained Deacon and Elder having served in various capacities on the Board of Deacons and Bench Elders of the Presbyterian Church, Director and President of Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, past Member of Executive 100 (Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce), past President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer(2 years) and Director of Breakfast Optimist Club, past Member Oak Cliff Jaycees, past President, Treasurer, & Program Chairman, with the Atwell Junior High School Parent Teachers Association, past member of T.L. Marsalis Elementary Dads Club, Member of Oak Cliff Noon Lions Club and Oak Cliff Evening Optimist Club, and was appointed to the first Organizational Planning Committee for the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Wallace was a Life Member of the Parent Teachers Association of Texas, Life Member of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce and an Eagle Scout with Bronze, Silver and Gold Palm. He was Ordeal and Brotherhood Member of Order of the Arrow.
Wallace was a member of the West Shore Presbyterian and the Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and an elder. As a young man he earned his money throwing paper routes, working in a meat market and other odd jobs. He was active in the Boy Scouts earning his Eagle Scout Badge and many other awards. He was a very strong swimmer and was captain of his diving and swim team in High School. Having been an active Scout, he knew the importance of service to others and instilled that belief in his children. He was a Boy Scout Leader, Indian Guide Leader to his sons and the troop, and he helped his daughter with her Brownie and Girl Scout troop and never missed a Father and Daughter Dance. He participated in the Father and Son Swim Tournaments held at the Oak Cliff Country Club every Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. He purchased a boat so the entire family could fish on weekend outings and go camping.
Wallace loved to hunt, fish and especially fish for crab in Panama City Beach, Florida, where he spent many R&R days while stationed in Pensacola Florida. He could catch so many crabs, then bring them back to the hotel and have a crab boil. There was no doubt he would take his family and occasionally their friends to Panama City Beach for vacations to take in the Sunny Blue Skies, Pale Blue/Green Ocean Water and White Sugary Sands as he knew that’s where his children would want to be and would have the most fun. He made sure they took in Disneyworld the year it opened. He never missed a Birthday, Anniversary, Holiday or a chance to bring a special treat or surprise home for his children.
As his children became teens, he knew he wanted them to each have a car. He would talk to some of his customers from the bank who dealt in auto-body work and if they saw a good used car they would let him know. He bought them each a used car when they turned 16, paid their insurance, but they had to work to pay for their gas. He was a very generous, loving, and devoted father.
Later in life Wallace learned he had a disease resulting in a long separation from his family. It didn’t escalate until his 80’s when he suffered a fall and was hospitalized. Jean, Marcy and her husband Tony spent many days reassuring Wallace and listening to his stories. Wallace had many difficult days where he didn’t understand what was happening. Tony had the chance to bond with him and Wallace appeared to light up when he walked into his room. It was both amazing and devastating at the same time. Wallace had many stories to tell in his last 2 1/2 years he suffered with Alzheimer’s. Those memories will be cherished forever. God decided to take Wallace’s hand and lead him to his final home, and he will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.
Services will be held at 9:30 am on Thursday March 16, 2017 at Jaynes Memorial Chapel.
Graveside services will be held directly following at 11:30 am at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.