Wallace Emil Olson Jr.November 26, 1946 ~ November 18, 2017 (age 70)
Wallace E. Olson, Jr., a retired CPA, business entrepreneur, and current Diversicare board member, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the age of 70.
He was born on November 26, 1946, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina to the late parents of Wallace E. Olson and Lillian Mildred Carroll. Wallace, known affectionately to others as Wally, was a loving husband, father, and grandpa. He passed on to his family a love of traditions, honesty, and the ability to love life and live it to its fullest. His sharp wit and generous giving to others has created an inspirational way of living for his family.
Wally served his country in the Air Force as an accountant. He passed his boards and continued work as a CPA in Texas and eventually Tennessee, where he settled to begin his family of a beloved wife and two daughters.
He began his own company, Southern Care Centers, based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He later sold the company and began a dream of retirement. He and his wife, Pat, developed and nurtured their love for travel as they explored Europe and beyond. During this time, Wally became the Chairman of the Board of Diversicare (formerly Advocat) and later continued as a member of the board until his death.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Olson, his children Melanie (Brad) Hake, Leslie (Chris) Morgan, and his four grandsons, Keegan and Christian Morgan, and Douglas and Davis Hake.
Funeral services will be held Friday, at 11:30 A.M. in the sanctuary of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, interment to follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery, Pastor Bruce Sloan officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share condolences and view the memorial tribute.
The family will receive friends Friday, November 24 from 10:30-11:30 at the church, 1505 N. Moore Rd.