The benevolence of the people of Jackson Parish who always step up for grieving families continued to shine this past week through several events in honor of eleven year old, Tucker Wallis, who tragically lost his life in a four-wheeler accident earlier this summer.
This past Saturday a benefit bass tournament was held at Hook’s Marina on Caney Lake that had an incredible turnout. All proceeds from the $50.00 per boat entry fee and other donations made by many who just came out to show their support went to the Wallis family for help with expenses.
“Greg, Will, Jordyn and myself can not express how grateful and blessed we are for our friends, family, work family and community,” posted Jeanie Wallis on her Facebook page. “We are speechless at the turnout for the tournament to give honor to Tucker. We appreciate each and everyone more than any of you will ever know.”
“I don’t get excited much but pulling into the weigh in tonight and seeing our community come together in a big way for the Wallis family put butterflies in my stomach,” said Dusty Nomey. “We had a great time and we are continuing to pray for the Wallis family.”
While the end results of those participating wasn’t the reason for anyone who showed their support a weigh-in did take place which yielded the following results
1st place: Cruz Nomey, Brody Garrett, and Landry Garrett – 12.68lbs
2nd place: Garrett Parker and partner – 10.59lbs
3rd place: Seth Spangler and partner – 10.42lbs
4th place: Bubba and Trey Pardue – 10.27lbs
5th place: Caleb Waters and Bradley Koonce – 9.25lbs
6th place: Greg Williams and sons – 8.68lbs
“I don’t get excited much but pulling into the weigh in tonight and seeing our community come together in a big way for the Wallis family put butterflies in my stomach,” said participant Dusty Nomey. “We had a great time and we are continuing to pray for the Wallis family.”
Photos from Wallis Benefit Tournament:
Quitman Junior High shows their support
The first day of the 2021 school year was one where the junior high students at Quitman were actually eager to go to. That was because they knew that they were going to honor their fallen schoolmate and friend Tucker Wallis, who lost his life in a tragic four wheeler accident as well as celebrate the recovery of Dawson Griffin, who also was injured.
“I love our |QHS family and I love the way they honored our sweet Tuck today,” posted Jeanie Wallis on Facebook. “Thank you so much. We are so grateful,”
Dawson Griffin remembered too!
Sporting a bright blue cast that extends from the kneecap of his left leg and wraps around his foot, Dawson Griffin was welcomed back to school by classmates, faculty and staff. While he currently gets around in a wheelchair the prognosis is good for a complete recovery, something that his mother Tiffany Pullig Griffin and family is thankful for. As expressed in a Facebook post she is also very appreciative of the support received from the Wallis family who despite suffering even more tragedy has been there for her son.
“These two ladies right here (shown below) are absolutely amazing and so supporting,” wrote Tiffany. “Thank y’all so much for making my baby feel loved. You two will never, ever know how much it means to us. We love y’all.”
Local impressionist paints stirring portrait
It is said a picture is worth a thousand words but no amount of words can provide as stirring a tribute as what local impressionist and former Quitman High School graduate Daren Alexander has created. Known for his ability to do oil portraits on canvas backing Alexander has provided the Wallis family something they will treasure forever.
“It was 37 years ago our community tragically lost Richie Bovard after a vehicle accident. We were within a few months of being the same age and I remember it well,” reflected Alexander in a Facebook post. “Fast forward to earlier this month…close friends tragically lost their son, Tucker, from a 4-wlr accident. I was asked to paint a portrait of both Richie and Tucker together. Greg and Jeanie Wallis, I pray for peace for y’all.”
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