Rosalind Nikita Wallace

Born in Fort Campbell, KY on November 26, 1959

Departed on October 2, 2019 and resided in Dekalb County, GA

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Our beloved daughter, sister, auntie, great-aunt and friend, Rosalind Nikita Wallace, also affectionately known as, “Rosie, Roz, Rosa, Rosebud, Auntie Rosie, Coach Wallace, & Mama Rosie, was born on November 26, 1959 in Fort Campbell Kentucky, the second child of Deacon John R. Wallace and Mother Ruby M. (Northington) Wallace. Coach Wallace folded up her earthly tent and transitioned to her heavenly resting place on Wednesday October 2, 2019.

Coach Wallace graduated from Rantoul Township High School, located in Rantoul, IL., Chanute Airforce base in 1977. She matriculated to Tennessee State University in the fall of 1977. During her time at TSU she was part of the Women’s basketball team, secured an Airforce ROTC scholarship as well as a manager for the Men’s track and field team. She graduated in May 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education. Rosalind was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Denver CO. During her active duty tenure, she had a top-secret security clearance in munitions. Once her active duty time was up, she became an Air Force reservist, recruiting for the prestigious Air Force Academy. Coach Wallace served as the head track & field coach at Denver West High school from 1983-1984. In 1984 Coach was recruited by Purdue University as a strength and conditioning coach for all student athletes. As she worked on receiving her Master’s Degree in Education, she also became assistant girls track & field coach under the tutelage of famed track & field coach Fred Wilt. Coach Wallace was at Purdue University until 1987 when she was recruited by Eastern Washington University, in Spokane Washington, as the head women’s track & field and cross-country coach. During her tenure at EWU she managed to to rewrite the record book by establishing 33 school records and several other Big Sky Conference marks. Her athletes won 4 conference titles (indoors and outdoors), as well as athlete of the meet honors four times. Coach Wallace continued to work on her Master’s degree in education which she received from EWU in May of 1990. Coach made the decision in early 1994 to move to the Atlanta Georgia area to be closer to her family. Coach Wallace had already secured a teaching position within the Dekalb County School district prior to her move and she began her High School teaching career North Druid Hills High School. In 1996 they opened up Stephenson High School, in South Dekalb County, this is where Coach Wallace began her illustrious 23-year career as the Health & Physical education teacher and Head Coach of the girls Track and Field and combined boys and girl’s cross-country teams. Coach Wallace’s girls won the school’s first ever state championship in any sport in 1997, they followed it up in 1998 and then again in a sweep of the girls’ and boys’ titles in 2002. Coach Wallace was instrumental in helping numerous students securing college scholarship offers for her athletes. It is important to note that Lt. Colonel Rosalind Wallace single handily increased the number of minority and women recruits in Georgia, to the Air Force Academy.

Coach Wallace was preceded in death by her baby sister Judy M. Wallace. She leaves to cherish her precious memories her beloved parents, Deacon John R. Wallace and Mother Ruby M. (Northington) Wallace Cedar Hill, TN; her devoted sister, Guyton Z (Wallace) Daniels, bother-in law, Derrick A. Daniels of Lithonia Georgia; Brother, Raymond D. Wallace and sister-in-law Joan (Cornelia) Wallace of Mt. Juliet, TN; Nieces, Payton A. Wallace of Indianapolis, IN, Kaiya (Daniels) Burton (Dexter), Tiana (Daniels) Harrison (Arnold), Kiana Daniels (Antione) of Atlanta GA, Nephews Derrick J. R. Daniels, Lithonia GA, Vaughn Cornelia of Mt Juliet TN. Great nieces, Briana Idlett, Kayden Hambrick, Dylan Parker, Dawn Burton, Denia Burton, Audrey Harrison, Sophia Cornelia. Great nephew Arnold (Champ) Harrison III. And a host of other relatives and friends. We Love You, Rosalind N. Wallace, and will miss you dearly!

A Life Celebration will be held at 12:00pm Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Springfield Funeral Home with entombment to follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens.The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10am until the time of service.

You may live stream the Funeral at 12pm- - At the top of the page click (Stream) then search by name (Rosalind Wallace).

These arrangements are made through Gardner Memorial Chapel: 2302 Buchanan Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37208 (615) 255-1338

8 Comments to Rosalind Nikita Wallace

  1. Nakia L. Ray says:

    Roz, you are my everything. You were not only my college coach, mentor, confidant, protector, but more importantly a friend. You encouraged me when I was at one of the lowest moments in my life. Thank you for everthing you have done and continue to do.

    Your handoff to your EWU girls has been flawless just like you taught us. We are positioned in our exchange zone and ready to go. We hear you saying, “Stay focused, be intentional and don’t drop the baton! Mind over matter!”

    Coach Roz, forever in my heart❤❤❤


  2. Bob Cornelia says:

    Rosie, I am so saddened that you had to leave us so soon. I am also glad that I had chance to see you last year when I was visiting my mom, Ray and Joan in TN, before my mom passed this year. You will be so terribly missed, and you have now entered the ranks of one of heaven’s shining angels! Please look down on all of us from above and continue to send us your strength and guidance. Peace and comfort to your family, friends and students as well! 🙂

  3. Gloria Cherry Badejo says:

    To the Wallace family, thinking of you during this challenging time and lifting you up in prayer. Rest in perfect peace Rosie. You will remain in my heart always.

  4. Constance White says:

    Sorry to hear of Coach Wallace passing, may she rest well with the heavenly Father, No more pain but peace. Condolences to family! Stephenson HS Family, Stone Mountain, GA

  5. Karen McElwain says:

    Wallace Family … Roz and then Auntie Rosie holds a special place in our hearts. Her beautiful spirit will forever be remembered. Huge smiles, playful giggles and amazing dance sessions will be what we reflect upon with great joy! We all have been blessed to be part of her world. She truly was an earth angel and now our angel in heaven. Love you Auntie Rosie … you will be missed! The McElwain Family

    • Jahnita blanton says:

      Wallace family – Rosie was my friend and sister and will be truly missed. Please know that I love you and praying God comforts you through this difficult time! Jahnita

  6. Lacey Northington says:

    Wow! What an illustrious career by an amazing person whose life was well lived. I will miss my friend Rosalind. She was so kind and sweet and she thought a lot of me. I will miss her visits at Antioch Baptist Church. May you forever rest in peace.

  7. chris hansen says:

    Coach Roz!!!!! Thank you for being apart of EWU. You are missed. Chris Hansen

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