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CUMBERLAND Wallace Glenn Ullery, 94, of Cumberland, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Born into a railroad family, July 23, 1922, in Romney, W.Va., Wallace (or Wally as he liked to be called) was the second youngest of eight children of Ocie Ullery and Bertha Ella (Smoot) Ullery. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty; a daughter, Rebecca "Becky" Carpenter; brothers, Blair and Eugene; and his sisters, Ina Parker, Odessa Ashenfelter, Mae Elizabeth "Tina" Campbell and Helen Eror.
He is survived by his younger sister, Katherine Abe, Wiley Ford, W.Va.; his son, Craig; and his grandson, Ian, both of California.
Wally grew up during the Great Depression and South Cumberland was his playground. In 1936, at age 13, his proficiency at marbles took him to Ocean City, N.J. to become U.S Marble Champ. He frequently caddied at the Country Club golf course, walking there from South Cumberland. Later, he excelled at basketball and received a scholarship to Frostburg State College. After Pearl Harbor, he entered the army and landed at Normandy shortly after D-Day. His unit was bombarded by V-1 rockets and, a few days later in France, he returned from an expedition to find a crater where his barracks had been. During the war, Wally corresponded regularly with Betty Shaffer and when he returned from Europe after the war, they dated and were married in 1946. Their daughter, Rebecca, was born in 1948, and in 1950, they built a house in Cumberland's Johnson Heights neighborhood where they lived since. Their son, Craig, was born in 1955. For many years, Wally was the City Clerk of Cumberland and also worked with Betty at Light's Flower Shop, which they owned & operated together. After retiring from the city, he was elected as a city councilman. He enjoyed gardening, playing golf, and was an active member of The Livingstone Church of the Brethren. Wally's love and devotion to family, friends, his church and God, was unequaled.
There will be no viewing, but a memorial service will be conducted at The Livingstone Church of the Brethren, 114 N Cedar St., Cumberland, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Pastors Gerald Hott and Grant Abe officiating.
The Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com) is in charge of the arrangements.
Published on May 20, 2017
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