Wayne W. Wallis died Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, following a stroke in April.

Mr. Wallis was born in 1930 in Picher to John M. and Goldie W. Wallis. He graduated from Picher High School in 1948 as valedictorian. He graduated from Oklahoma University in 1956 with a bachelor of arts in business administration. He later lived in Houston, Texas.

He was a veteran of the Air Force.

He was a buyer for Foley's Department Store in Houston for many years.

Survivors include two sisters, Ruth Smith of Miami, Ariz., and Helen Vanover of Commerce; one niece, Karen Shepherd of Commerce, and three nephews, Gordon Jones and Randy Jones, both of Miami, and Douglas Smith of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Gerald Wallis, and one sister, Betty Baker.

Cremation was handled by Paul Thomas Funeral Home. No services are planned.