William Splawn

Obituary of William Splawn

William “Wallace” Splawn, Jr., 87, of DeLand, Florida died April 19, 2018 after a brief illness.  He was born June 17, 1930 in Laurens, South Carolina, to the late William Wallace Splawn, Sr. and Lois Wood Splawn.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Janet Owings Splawn; daughters, Jan Sinclair (Steve), Joanna DiRubio (Jeff), and Nancy Surynt; grandchildren, Jessica DiRubio Arden (Colbey), Matt DiRubio, Chris DiRubio and Nick DiRubio; a nephew and several nieces. He was predeceased by brothers, John Wallace Splawn and Joe Memory Splawn; sisters, Joanna Splawn Fairey and Lois Splawn Kay; grandson, Jeffrey DiRubio; and son-in-law, Theodore (Ted) Surynt. 

Wallace attended school at Pelzer, SC and Granite Falls, NC where he excelled in football, baseball and basketball.  How he loved sharing stories of his sports days with his grandchildren.  After 4 years serving in the US Air Force, Wallace moved to Atlanta, Ga which became home for 40 years and a place he made many precious and lasting friendships.  Friendship meant everything to Wallace and even high school friends still called to keep up with him.  If you were lucky enough to be his friend, it was for a lifetime.

Wallace retired from the Ivan Allen Company in 1993 where he was a member in the exclusive Ivan Allen Quarter Club.  In 1970, they chose Wallace as one of their Distinguished Salesmen of the year, an honor sponsored by the Atlanta Sales & Marketing Executives Association.  He was presented, along with 23 other Distinguished Salesman in Atlanta, the “Oscar of the Selling Profession” symbolizing outstanding proficiency in the art of salesmanship. 

His faith, family, friends and integrity made Wallace the man that he was. Not being able to grow tomatoes in DeLand comparable to those he grew in Atlanta was his only regret about retiring to Florida.  The last two years of his life he was privileged to live with his wife and his daughter, Nancy at her beautiful Marsh Oaks Farm.

Funeral services will be held at Lankford Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 11 AM with visitation preceding at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 115 E Howry Avenue, DeLand, Florida 32724.