Xenia city councilman, pastor dies

Edgar Wallace, a Xenia councilman and pastor at First United Christian Church who others described as someone who always gave back to his community, died Wednesday.

Wallace, 76, first took office in 2016 and has recently been reelected to a second term.

“Dr. Wallace’s service to the city of Xenia will be greatly missed,” said Xenia City Council President Wesley Smith. “I am blessed to have served the last five years with him on our city council.”

Wallace also was a social work professor at Wilberforce University.

Wilberforce President Elfred Anthony Pinkard told the Dayton Daily News Wallace was a kind and thoughtful man.

“The Wilberforce University family is heartbroken over the loss of one of our most valued and beloved members. Edgar Wallace was deeply committed to Wilberforce and he loved his students unconditionally and was passionate about their growth and development,” Pinkard said.

Pinkard said Wilberforce will miss Wallace, but the university is grateful for his time and service there.

“Dr. Wallace was a man who loved very deeply,” said Xenia Mayor Sarah Mays. “To know Dr. Wallace was to know his love for the Xenia community, his love for his church congregants, his love for his family, his fierce love for his wife, Joyce, and ultimately his unwavering love for the Lord.”

Wallace had been married to his wife for 55 years.

In honor of Wallace, flags at Xenia city facilities are being lowered to half-staff.

Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman said Wallace was a caring man with a great passion for the Xenia community and its people.

“We honor his contributions and lift his family in prayer as they cope with his loss,” Merriman said.

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