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Sunday July 28th, 2019

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Ralph Wallin

Dr. Ralph Wallin, JR, age 76 of Coosa, GA, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Redmond Regional Medical Center. Ralph was born on August 7, 1942 in Walker County, GA to the late Ralph Wallin, SR and Doris Louise Smith Wallin. Ralph was a lifetime resident of Gordon County and Floyd County. Prior to his retirement, Ralph was an educator for Belwood Elementary School. He was also an area minister and was a member of The Rome Church of Christ. Ralph valued education, primarily from the Bible, but also in colleges and universities. He earned a Bachelor of Science from David Lipscomb College, Masters of Education from West Georgia College, a Specialist in Education from West Georgia College, and a Doctorate in Education from Tennessee State University. Ralph is survived by: his wife, Rebecca “Becky” L. Wallin of Coosa, GA; four sons, Andrew Wallin, Steve (Tammy) Starling, Michael Wallin, and Matt (Ashlei) Wallin; three daughters, Pam (Randall) Childs, Kristy Starling, and Wendy (Kevin) Montgomery; fourteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be conducted on Sunday, July 28th at 4 PM from the Rome Church of Christ with Minister Robby Eversole officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park with grandsons serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 PM until the funeral hour at 4 PM at the Rome Church of Christ. Ralph wanted to help pay off the church building where he attended, so in lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to be made in his name to the Rome church of Christ You may leave the family online condolences at Thomas Funeral Home oversees the arrangements for Dr. Ralph Wallin, JR.


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Dr. Wallin taught me in 5th grade at Belwood. I remember being in in 3rd and 4th grade and hearing stories about a teacher who would throw tennis balls if his students fell asleep. Sure enough it was Dr. Wallin, and when I found out it he was my home room teacher, I knew I was in for an interesting year. When someone would ask to use the restroom, he would wittingly reply "I dont know, can you?". We learned quickly to ask "May I?" instead. He was a great teacher with a great laugh, and will forever be a part of my childhood.

Kenneth Wessel Mar 10 2021 8:14 AM

Rebecca and family, So very sorry to hear of your loss, Ralph was a wonderful Christian man and my prayers are with you. God Bless Diane Holaway

Diane Holaway Aug 7 2019 1:42 PM

Becky, I am so sorry for your loss. I was our of town and didn't know until I returned on Tuesday of this week. You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. Love, Sharron Trammell

Sharron Trammell Aug 1 2019 4:45 PM

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becky randolph medlin Jul 30 2019 4:21 PM

You are so right. He was so much fun to travel with, always bigger than life. He made everyone feel welcome no matter what. His sermons were always spot on and delivered with heart and passion. He has left his mark of love on 1000s of us. I loved his singing voice and he was the best prayer leader I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Such a great friend and he was so smart. He memorized not only the Bible but other books as well. He knew them like the back of his hand. My dear beloved Mentor. His legacy will live forever. God Bless Ralph and the Wallin Family always.

Harry Hubbard Jul 29 2019 9:30 PM

...My heart is just so numb! I had the pleasure of being a student of Dr. Wallin's at Belwood Elementary in the 5th grade. My life was never the same from that year forward. Not only was he a teacher but he truly cared about his "kids" and he was never afraid to say what was on his mind. We made soap in class along with homemade peanut brittle and Mrs. Becky made us some homemade biscuits and Ralph "taught" us to poke a hole in the middle and pour fresh honey into. So many memories from the 5th grade! Not to mention the pool party that he invited the ENTIRE 5th grade to :joy: and who could forget the the tennis balls??? I definitely had my fair share thrown at me! There will never be another like him. The thing that stands out the most is when we would line up to go down the hall he would always say "Walk with you head up not looking down...all that you need will always be ahead of you never down" I was blessed enough to keep contact with Dr. Wallin throughout the years. One of my dear friends married Matt and I loved every chance we had to reminisce.

Monica Vaughan Jul 28 2019 6:22 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with his precious family.. We always messaged each other about the twins in our family.. we both had twin grandchildren.. He loved his family. Going miss him... :broken_heart::cry:

Donna Stoker Jul 27 2019 2:18 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. We have been long-time friends of Ralph Wallin for many years through the Church of Christ. He will be truly missed! Charles and Marie Swafford

Linda Franklin Jul 27 2019 12:58 PM

This is so sad to hear. He was favorite teacher at Belwood Elementary School. Prayers :pray: for his family.

Brandy Williams Jul 27 2019 10:49 AM

Thank you for all of your years of service! As a teacher myself, I think back to all of those teachers who influenced me. You were my 5th grade teacher and I remember watching the OJ Simpson trial and all those tennis balls! Thank you for those memories and always making us feel connected and loved!

Sarah Rushing Jul 27 2019 10:47 AM