Funeral services for Emma Pearl Wallace, 93, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 in the Centennial Chapel of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home with Pastor David Daniel of First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery with the assistance of Greg Merlyn, Derek Wallace, Preston Alford, Mike Strawn, Caleb Gragg and Patrick McGuire serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends prior to the funeral from 9 a.m. until time of services Friday.
The daughter of the late William Chester Faulkenberry and Emma Catherine (Knight) Faulkenberry, Pearl was born Feb. 9, 1924 at Oswalt, Okla. Growing up in Love County, she would talk about using coal oil lamps to study at night and how excited her family was the day electricity was brought to her home.
A resident of Ardmore and southern Oklahoma all of her life, Pearl attended school at Marietta and graduated from Meadowbrook High School, the class of 1942. Moving to Ardmore, she worked at the Duke & Ayres Store, at the Carter County Courthouse and at a local abstracting office before becoming a full-time homemaker.  
While swimming in the pool at Whittington Park, Pearl met Billy Jack Wallace. They began a courtship, fell in love and when Bill returned from serving in the Pacific Campaign during World War II, were married, April 9, 1947. They were married for over 66 years when Bill passed away Oct. 30, 2013. Although it was evident that she greatly missed her husband and soul mate, she did not seek or want people to feel sorry for her.
She, like others of her generation, was a product of the great depression. She knew the importance of stretching a dollar and saving for a rainy day. She believed in self-reliance and instilled a strong work ethic in both of her children.
Pearl was a strong leader in the Wallace family. She was the one that everyone could count on when needed. A very giving and generous individual with a kind heart, she was at her best when helping others. She always put the needs of others ahead of her own.
The hostess and cook for many holidays, family gatherings and picnics, Pearl loved decorating for the holidays. She will always be remembered for her love of Christmas and how special she would make the season each year for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her extended family during this special time to celebrate.  
Pearl was a very independent person, and with assistance of her son and daughter, was able to stay in her home, taking care of herself until the day of her death, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Pearl will be greatly missed and not forgotten by all who knew her and loved her.
Pearl is survived by her children, son, Billy J. Wallace and his wife, Karen; and daughter, Debbie Merlyn and her husband, Steve; grandchildren, Greg Merlyn and wife, Heather; Stephanie McGuire and husband, Patrick; Derek Wallace and fiancée, Sami Sue; and Jacey Alford and husband, Preston; great-grandchildren, Colton Merlyn, Hana Merlyn and Berkley McGuire; sisters-in-law, Shirley Strawn and Gloria Motley and husband, Bob.
Pearl was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Emma Faulkenberry; her husband, Bill; brothers, Hubert, Shortie, Ralph and Alf Faulkenberry; and sister, Opal Lang.
Services are entrusted to the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home where condolences may be sent to the family online at