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Steven Douglas Wallin
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Steven Douglas Wallin of Cornelius, NC, and Roanoke, VA, joyfully went to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning, March 22, 2017, following an eight year fight with Alzheimer's.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Engle Lena Zimmerman Wallin, and by his two sons Daniel Stephen Wallin (Gloria Vivian Torres Wallin) of Phoenix, AZ, and Samuel Jacob Wallin (Catherine McKellar Wallin) of Roanoke, VA. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Elizabeth Gloria 'Leis' Wallin and Erick Samuel Estuardo Wallin, both of Roanoke, VA, as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hugh Edward Wallin and Malona Marie Norton Wallin, of Madison County, NC. He is also preceded in death by his five brothers, John Carl Wallin (Minnie), Joe Wallin (Thelma), Hugh Wallin, Arnold Wallin (Inez), and Glenwood 'Tom' Wallin (Ethel) and by his five sisters Nellie Franklin (Roosevelt), Faye Wallin (Emerson), Rosa Lee Franklin (Glenwood), Dorothy Ray (Odus), and Vanda Cook (Odell).

Steve was born in Madison County, NC, on June 27, 1928, and spent his boyhood on a farm in the Brigman Hollow at the headwaters of Little Laurel creek of Madison County, NC. This farm provided many fond memories and shaped the character of the man he became. Following graduation from Laurel High School in 1947, he attended Western Carolina College in Cullowee, NC, and in 1950, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in mathematics and social studies and was a member of Alpha Phi Sigma. That same year, he began his teaching career at Cramerton High School in Gaston County, NC.

In 1952, he married Engle Lena Zimmerman, his high school sweetheart, and continued teaching and spending summers working on his MS degree. In 1954, Steve answered his country's call for military service in the US Army, which included 18 months in England helping to build runways for the Strategic Air Command as well as teaching other soldiers.

After returning home in 1956, Steve completed his MS degree in mathematics from Western Carolina and taught for one year at North Belmont Elementary School in Gaston County, NC, followed by teaching math at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, NC. He then served for two years as assistant principal at Quail Hollow Junior High School, a new school in southern Mecklenburg County, NC. Following this service, he served as the principal of Coulwood Junior High School in Mecklenburg County, NC. Later, Steve was appointed Director of Mathematics, covering K-12 for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, in which his goal was to help teachers make math more understandable, enjoyable and meaningful in the lives of students. He was a very active leader in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system.

Steve was always very involved in church work, having served at various times as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, deacon chairman, board, and finance committee member. His last church home was Grace Covenant of Cornelius, NC, pastored by his friend, the Rev. Farrell Lemings. Steve loved the Lord, His Word, His Church, and his many brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as his family.

Steve's was a very active Lion's Club member. His service included work with Camp Dogwood for the blind, White Cane drives, and numerous club projects. He served as president of the Cornelius club three times and was awarded the Jack Stickley Fellowship by the NC Lions and the Melvin Jones Fellowship by the Lions Club International.

One of his greatest pleasures was fellowshipping with his golfing buddies. After playing a round, they enjoyed solving global problems at the club house.

Steve dearly loved spending time with his family on Lake Norman where he lived for 40 years. He taught his children and grandchildren the fun of catching fish and cooking pecan pies. He was happiest when surrounded by his loving family and friends and was always thankful when we could be together.

The family thanks Gentle Shepherd Hospice for outstanding tender care, Pheasant Ridge Memory Care (Roanoke, VA) nurses and caregivers, and the pastors and members of First Baptist Church, Roanoke, VA and Grace Covenant Church, Cornelius, NC.

Steve's memorial service will be held at Madison Funeral Home, Marshall, NC, on Saturday, April 1, at 2pm, with a viewing at 1 pm. His body will be laid to rest following the service at the Zimmerman family cemetery at the Cedar Cliff Farm, Madison County, NC. Walking shoes are recommended to attend the burial services. Another memorial service will be held at his home church, Grace Covenant Church, Cornelius, NC, at a later date.

1:00 - 2:00 pm Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the funeral home

2:00 pm Saturday, April 29, 2017 in the Chapel of Madison Funeral Home

Zimmerman Family Cemetery

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Madison Funeral Services

1750 Hwy 213
Marshall, NC 28753





2:00 PM
Madison Funeral Services

1750 Hwy 213
Marshall, NC 28753

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Zimmerman Family Cemetery

317 Cedar Cliff Road
Marshall, NC 28753


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