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“Wallace was a true freind and neighbor. Allways congenial in demeanor. We will miss him in our neighbourhood. Rest in peace. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Joseph&Mary Lekes - Tampa, FL

“Wallace was a kind and generous uncle that demonstrated to all of us what we could accomplish in life. I regret that I didn't see him in recent...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: George Sterling - Fayetteville, GA

“I will miss your smile an laughter .Your love of UF. An when that lady cut us off an you chased here down an yelled at her. RIP Uncle Buddy ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Vincent Jubito - Yulee, FL

“Uncle Wallace actively encouraged my brother and me in our academic pursuits. In particular, I remember that he gave me some recordings of jazz...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Lisa Muldrew - Statesboro, GA

“God bless and RIP, Wallace.We will miss our friend and neighbor.Pico Drive won't be the same without you.Edna and Lee TaylorPat and Nelson Messina ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Edna and Lee TAYLOR - TAMPA, FL

“I will miss you dearly my favorite Uncle! I will miss your bear hugs, your larger than life smile, your booming, cheerful voice, your optimism and...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Susan Denny - Raleigh, NC

“Wallace always took an interest in me and my sister, his nephew and niece, from when we were children through adulthood and having our own children....Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Will Davenport - Broomfield, CO

“james, passing on my deepest condolences to you ... wally will be missed by many ...clyde ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Clyde Parker - NC - Friend

“My heart is broken. Wallace, you were our oldest brother and you keep us linked. I will miss the calls and the cheery voice and the always 'up'...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Helen Green - Yulee, FL - Sister

“Wallace was my oldest brother. We were very close. He taught me how to walk and he inspired me to go to college. I always looked up to and admired...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Katie Davenport - Raleigh, NC

“Ave atque vale! ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Dennis Wemm - Glenville, WV


Wallace Stine Sterling, Jr. December 14, 1935 - April 9, 2018. Wallace Sterling of Tampa passed away on April 9 after a brief period of declining health. He was 82. Wallace was born in Fernandina Beach, Florida, and was the oldest son of the late Wallace and Maggie Sterling. He attended Fernandina Beach High School and
graduated as class valedictorian in 1953. He was active in the local Boy Scout troop and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He earned his Bachelorʼs Degree in English and Theater from the University of Florida where he was also a proud member of the marching band. He earned his PhD in Theater from the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale and went on to serve for many years as a professor at the University of Akron in Akron Ohio, retiring as Professor Emeritus. Upon retirement he lived for several years in Chapel Hill, NC, where he was an adjunct professor at NCCU and worked as a director with the local little theater. He eventually retired to Tampa where he served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa for several years. Wallace loved teaching and directing and he enjoyed mentoring his students and helping them succeed. He is held in high regard by his former students. In earlier years he enjoyed traveling and visiting family members. Never having children of his own, he took great pride in the accomplishments of his nieces and nephews. Wallace will be
remembered by one and all as a truly good person who loved life and his Florida
Gators. Wallace is survived by his long-time companion James McCray of Tampa; aunt Rosemary Miller of Fernandina Beach, FL; brother Bunny (wife Marilyn) of Fernandina Beach, FL; brother George (wife Sheri) of Statesboro, GA; sister Katie Davenport (husband Bill) of Raleigh, NC; sister Helen Green (husband Ed) of Yulee, FL; sister Mary Jubito (husband Tommy) of Yulee, FL; brother Andy of Fernandina Beach, FL; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date in Fernandina Beach, FL.
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