Wallace Pyles, known as (PaPa) and (Deacon Pyles), was born on August 15, 1918, in Bonham, Texas. He was the fourteenth of eighteen children born to Elbert and Emmer Pyles.
He became a resident of Pueblo in 1943. He worked at the CF&I Steel Works as a millwright for 37 years.
Wallace was an active member of Bethlehem Baptist Church since 1950. He was a faithful servant as a trustee, chairman of the usher board and a deacon. He was also President of the Western States Baptist Convention usher board auxiliary and President of the Colorado Baptist Southern District Association for many years.
Through 1985 and 1986 he was an active member of Central Baptist Church, in Denver, Colorado, Rev.W.O. Mays, Pastor. There he served as a deacon and was treasurer of the Benevolence Fund.
He was awarded numerous Awards of Appreciation, and birthday greetings from President Barack Obama, the Mayor of Pueblo, and members of the Senate from Colorado.
Deacon Pyles, was a sharp dresser from head to toe and believed he should look his best when he came into the presence of the Lord. He always had a smile and words of wisdom for everyone. His giving and generous spirit was one of the many gifts given to him by God.
When Deacon Pyles was born in August 1918, and there was an influenza pandemic that he survived that started his life long journey to be one hundred and three years old. He lived through World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
One of his many hobbies while he wasn’t working was fishing. He loved to fish and the fresh catfish he caught were the best in Pueblo. Another hobby he enjoyed was playing “dominoes”. In (his) mind he was the dominoes king – period! He used to say “study long, study wrong”
Deacon Pyles is preceded in death by Jessie Pyles; Wallace Pyles, Jr.; Marge Pyles; Katherine Pyles; brothers: Jack, Marvin, John, Clemon, David, R.L, Calvin, E.L., Henry; Cornelious Pyles; sisters: Argie; Dorethia; Mae Belle; Trudie; Eula and Bula; Lavada Pyles.
His love was displayed to his other children inherited through marriage: Karen Lewis (Darryll) and siblings; Ray Powell (Delores) and Claudette Anderson.
He leaves to cherish his memories and God to comfort: Jesse Dawkins (Vinita), Ora Mae Potter, Janet Doyle and 13 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 32 great, great grandchildren.
Our King is now with the “Ultimate” King
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteous, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them who also love his appearing”.
2 Timothy 4:8
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