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Maynard Wallace

Maynard Leon Wallace, 77 years,  8 months, 26 days old, passed at his home suddenly on January 17, 2021. 

Maynard was born April 21, 1943 in Pond Fork, MO in a log house to Archie and Ruby Rae (Mahan) Wallace. 

On July 3, 1967 Maynard and Linda Kay Larson were united in marriage at Sparta, MO and to this union were blessed with three children, Michelle, Michael and Nicole.

He became a successful high school basketball coach despite never having the opportunity to play in high school or college. Maynard spent 33 years in public education which included many years as Superintendent of Schools at Forsyth and Ava.  

Maynard served eight years in the Missouri State Legislature and never had a close election. He served six years on the Missouri State Tourism Commission and was Chairman of the Education Committee. He also served three years on the State Board of Education. 

He was very pleased to own the farm that was homesteaded by his great- grandparents in the1860’s and has been owned by family ever since. Maynard wrote, “Nothing compares to my pride and enjoyment of my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren working together, fishing, playing ball, etc. I have truely been blessed!” Maynard was a Christian and of the General Baptist Faith.

Maynard was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Michelle Nilges, and brother-in-law, Michael Weber. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda, his children and their spouses, Michael & Lexie, Nicole & Jeramy Keller, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, three sisters, Betty & Ted Craig, Sue Weber, and Patti & Danny Roberts, other relatives and many friends.  

Funeral services for Maynard will be Thursday, January 21, 2021at 10:00 A.M. in the Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, MO with burial following in the Thornfield Cemetery, Thornfield, MO.  Visitation was Wednesday, January 20th from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Austin Sutton. Memorials may be made to the Bradley/Mahan Cemetery, Wallace Cemetery or the Thornfield Cemetery.  Due to the spread of Covid-19 we request everyone to wear a mask if attending. Thank you. Online condolences may be made to