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David Hendry Wallace
Date of Birth : October 29, 1930
Date of Death : March 10, 2019

David Hendry Wallace died peacefully in Charleston surrounded by his family Sunday, March 10, 2019. Born October 29,1930; he is survived by his wife, Margaret Moore Wallace; daughters, Elizabeth Wallace Steelman and husband, Larry of Atlanta Ga, Charlotte Wallace Jones and husband, Southgate of Durham, NC and son, David Hendry Wallace, Jr. and wife, Ginny of Goshen, KY, as well as seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A graduate of West Virginia University Dave remained a life-long fan and ardent supporter of The Mountaineers. He loved the University and advised and supported many areas always focusing on academic excellence first. He was instrumental in restarting the Men’s Golf program competing in the Big 12, a sport Dave loved dearly and played at a high level his entire life. Just recently the University Foundation highlighted Dave’s lifetime of giving in a special publication. In this article, Dave still remembered and gave high praise to a professor that took him under his wings that made his own college path a success.

Dave had an astute mind for business and had a very successful career in the oil and gas industry. As Chairman and Chief Executive of Kanawha Valley Oil, he led one of the largest distributers of oil products and retail outlets in the eastern United States. After retiring from Kanawha Valley Oil, he went on to lead oil and gas partnerships that developed wells across the Ohio Valley.

Throughout his career Dave utilized his keen business savvy in the investment arena and became a most successful bond investor, supporting many public works projects throughout our state. He was often called on for counsel from investment managers to public officials to friends, wanting his wisdom imparted for their own investing. His financial acumen in structuring investments remained a passion throughout his life

He utilized his experience and expertise for the benefit of our city as well. Among numerous examples, Dave served for over fifteen years as a board member through the transformation of the new Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center’s $100M rebirth. He was an avid supporter of The University of Charleston true to form promoting academic excellence and was a frequent visitor to campus. He had a keen interest in supporting the Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home helping men overcome substance addiction.

Dave never wavered from knowing and living the importance of family and giving back to make this world better. His grandchildren always called him “Big Dave”, and he loved it. They all looked up to him and cherished the times they spent together.

This love and respect for Dave spread throughout our state with so many lasting friendships with West Virginians from all walks of life. Dave’s friendship was a gift that was respected and cherished.

In recent years Dave’s passion for helping others focused intently on Hospice Care, The Wallace Grief Support Center and his quest to build the T Center to help with the opioid epidemic ravaging our state. These three initiatives consumed him with much determination. He often talked about the incredible hearts of the people involved in these areas and how blessed he felt to play a small part in helping them. That’s how Big Dave rolled. In the midst of pouring his heart and soul into helping others he always felt he was the one getting the most out of it.

Dave’s prowess for golf lasted a lifetime and the epicenter for this was Berry Hills Country Club. He commented recently he was the oldest member of the club. It is fitting that he and several of his lifelong buddies had plaques made for their ashes to be interred on the grounds of Berry Hills. It will be with this memory where the family will hold a celebration later this spring.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice Care 1606 Kanawha Blvd W., Charleston WV 25387 with heartfelt thanks.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com .

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Karen Musgrave , Posted on 13 Mar 2019
South Charleston , West Virginia
South Charleston Little League wishes to share our condolences with the family. Dave was a special friend to the Little League and gave us money on many occasions for the youth of south Charleston. He help provide funds for kids that came from a single parent home to pay for AllStar uniforms, gloves and cleats for kids that couldn’t afford them. I use to tell them about some of the kids he helped and he always would ask me about them later if they hit anymore home runs ! He was a man with a big heart and he loved kids ! He will be sadly missed ! RIP Dave you were one of kind! Karen Musgrave South Charleston Little League President
Albert Schwabe , Posted on 13 Mar 2019
Naples, Florida
Margie: What a great Friend Davy was....He will be missed by many. Always friendly , considerate and honorable.....and a great Golfer ! Bertie
Bill Field , Posted on 14 Mar 2019
Wilmington , North Carolina
Margie - So sad to hear about Dave. He was a wonderful, generous person. I had some great times with him on the golf course and on golf trips. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. Perry and I will have all of you in our thoughts and prayers. - Bill
Butch Lomax , Posted on 14 Mar 2019
Little Rock, Arkansas
My deepest sympathy goes to the entire Wallace Family. I pray for Gods peace and understanding to be with you all. Butch
Cecil Terry , Posted on 15 Mar 2019
Charleston, West Virginia
Prayers to Margaret and the family. Dave was a good man and will be missed by many.
JB Akers , Posted on 15 Mar 2019
Charleston, West Virginia
Just a wonderful man who we will very much miss talking with. I loved his stories and his perpetually positive outlook. Heartbroken for Margie and the family. God Bless, JB and Maryclaire Akers
Nancy , Posted on 16 Mar 2019
Nitro, West Virginia
Mine and David\'s sincere condolences Dave never wavered his love and support for dad he visited him alot and helped me during dad\'s illness Dave you will truly be missed I told David when we heard about Dave\'s death well they\'re together again best friends forever prayers love and hugs to all of you
D. Hetrick , Posted on 17 Mar 2019
, Alabama
Dear Family of Mr. Wallace, I am so sorry for your loss. May God’s promise bring you comfort. There will be “a new earth... and He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore... I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:1-5
David , Posted on 17 Mar 2019
Hugheston, West Virginia
I\'m saddened by the loss of David, we met when we we\'re attending a heart rehab program 3 years ago and David encouraged me each day and was such a wonderful , caring person. I listened to his stories of days past while he worked in the oil & gas industry and his love for his family as well as his love for the game of golf. I will never forget my friend.
LaDonna Wilson-Jennings , Posted on 17 Mar 2019
Charleston, West Virginia
Margy and Family, We are so sorry to learn of Dave\'s illness and passing. We will miss his friendly smile in the neighborhood. We will be thinking of you and your family during this time. Sincerely, Frank & LaDonna Jennings
Bill Gravely , Posted on 17 Mar 2019
Tallahassee, Florida
Dave gave me my first chance to build a steel building for him in the early 1970’s and that got me started to become a commercial builder, he believed in me and always was a friend through my life. Thanks Dave and my sympathy to Margie and family.
Ms. Thomas , Posted on 17 Mar 2019
, Alabama
I am truly sorry for your loss, I know this is a very difficult time for your family. I recently loss my parents so I know how hard this is. A scripture that has always given me strength is Isaiah 41:10, I hope you have time to read it. Again, I am sorry for your loss and I will keep you family in my prayers.
Dave Hardy , Posted on 18 Mar 2019
Charleston, West Virginia
Margy and Family, I have reflected much during the past week about the tremendous impact Dave had on this community and state. Every conversation I enjoyed with him over the past twenty years, including my last one in December, always centered around how we could work together for the common good. One word summarizes Dave for me: Kindness! God Bless.