Class of 1946
|Virgil E. Wall
(September 21, 1928 - November 29, 2014)
The funeral service for Mr. Wall will be held at McEvoy
Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.
Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Paris, TN.
Dr. Trent Bullock of First Baptist Church will officiate.
Family members will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be at McEvoy Funeral Home from 4:00 -7:00
P.M. Monday, December 1, and after 9:00 A.M. Tuesday
prior to the service.
Virgil Earl Wall, 86, devoted husband, loving father and
dedicated manager and teacher, went to be with his
Heavenly Father on November 29, 2014. He was born to the
late Marvin Earl Wall and Clara Brigham Wall, in Paris
Tenn., on September 21, 1928. He grew up in Paris,
attending Robert E. Lee School and graduating from E.W.
Grove High School in 1946, when he was co-captain of the
He continued his education at Pearl River College in
Poplarville, Miss. on a football scholarship earning an
associate of arts degree. He then coached basketball at
Buchanan High School from 1948 to 1949. He later attended
Bethel College and the University of Tennessee at Martin
When Holley Carburetor Company of Detroit, Mich. located
a manufacturing plant in Paris in 1949, he was the first
local employee hired and worked there in management
capacities until the plant closed in 1987. He served in
the USMC during the Korean War in 1950-51 while on leave
from Holley. After returning from the Marines, he married
his secretary, the late Virginia Jo Wall (formerly
Hurdle) on August 17, 1952 at First Baptist Church in
At Holley he was quickly promoted to production control
superintendent, a position he held for decades. He then
transferred to Holley’s Bowling Green Ky. plant following
the closure of the Paris plant until he retired in 1988.
After a brief retirement, Virgil was appointed executive
director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce,
serving in that capacity until 1994. Soon after that, he
joined the Tennessee Technology Center at Paris as an
industry training coordinator.
He was a member of First Baptist Church, serving as a
deacon and in a number of other capacities. He served on
the City of Paris and Henry County Boards of Education.
In addition, he was a member and officer of the Jaycees
(charter member), Lions Club, Rotary Club, Elks Lodge,
Chamber of Commerce and other civic and community
organizations. Wall was named Chamber of Commerce
“Person of the Year” in 1995 for his service to Paris and
Henry County. In 2007 he was inducted into the Henry
County Sports Hall of Fame for his lifelong contributions to
local sports, including working as a TSSAA basketball and
football official for more than 30 years.
He is survived by his children, Lisa Wall Jobe of
Atlanta, Ga.; Michael (Mary) of Pompano Beach, Fla.; Doug
(Annie) of Wilmington, N.C.; Alan (Sheila) of Paris.
Also surviving are grandchildren Joshua Jobe of Atlanta,
Ga.; Matthew Wall of Pompano Beach, Fla.; Ryan Wall of
Aberdeen, Md.; Dillon Wall of Greenville, N.C. and Jody
Wall of Asheville, N.C.; and Sarah Beth Wall of
He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia Jo Hurdle
Wall (August 28, 2014) and his brother James Oliver Wall
(February 24, 2006).
Links to other obituaries :
VIRGINIA JO WALL,
JAMES WALL, Brother
Reprinted from The
McEvoy Funeral Home website
December 1, 2014
Added by Lindell Chrisman ('61)
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