Royce E. Wallace, 98, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Tidewell Hospice Inc. in Port Charlotte.
He was born Oct. 7, 1915, in Knox, Ind.
Royce and moved to Port Charlotte in 1978 from Princeton, Ind., where he was owner and operator of an appliance and furniture store. He was also a foreman at a Whirlpool refrigerator plant in Evansville, Ind., from which he retired in 1971. In Princeton, he was an active member of the Retail Merchants, the Lions Club, and First United Methodist Church. Royce was a member for many years of Port Charlotte United Methodist Church and the Port Charlotte Lions Club, and was very active with Habitat for Humanity, Health Plus Meals on Wheels, and the Charlotte Promenades Square Dance Club and Bowling Leagues.
He is survived by his sons, James Wallace of Port Charlotte, and Fred T. Wallace of Brandon, Fla.; daughter, Ada M. “Sandy” Julian of Port Charlotte; stepbrother, C.A. Manning of Owensville, Ind.; stepsister, Phyllis Echols of Evansville; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Royce was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas A. Wallace, Lowell E. Wallace and John J. Wallace; and a stepbrother, Jerry Manning.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Port Charlotte United Methodist Church in Port Charlotte. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Shiloh Cemetery in Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Port Charlotte United Methodist Church, 21075 Quesada Ave., Port Charlotte, FL 33952; or Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to sign the memorial book and extend condolences to the family.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.