of Big Flat, AR
April 7, 1964 - March 29, 2022
Terry Wayne Wallis, age 57 of Big Flat, Arkansas passed from this life on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022 at Advanced Care in Searcy, Arkansas. He was born in Marianna, Arkansas on April 7th, 1964 to Jerry Wallis and Angilee Marshall Wallis.Terry was in an automobile accident in 1984, just six weeks after the birth of his daughter, Amber. The accident left him in a coma for 19 years. In 2003 Terry awoke from the coma and began speaking. He has been the subject of many news and medical articles and was known as "The Man Who Slept for 19 Years." His mother and all of his family cared for him relentlessly during his coma and afterwards. His family would bring him home on alternate weekends for years. Doctors believe that this stimulation contributed to his awakening period. Terry's mother passed away in 2018. He enjoyed eating anything at anytime and loved drinking Pepsi. He liked listening to live music, especially when his brother Perry was playing. Terry was a great teaser and loved to tease his sister. His wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed by his family.Survivors include his dad, Jerry Wallis of the home; daughter, Amber Wallis; his grandchildren, Victoria Wallis, Blazen Wallis and Arrow Wallis, all of Big Flat; his siblings, George Wallis (Lindsey) of Big Flat, Perry Wallis (Dianna Ford) of Big Flat and Tammy Baze (Richard Harness), also of Big Flat; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family who will also mourn his passing.Terry is preceded in death by his mother, Angilee Wallis; and grandparents, Dorsey and Ora Marshall, Andy Wallis and Deal McClanahan.Funeral services for Terry will be 2:00 PM Friday, April 1st, 2022 at Round Mountain Church with Bro. James Johnson and Bro. Charles Dye officiating. Visitation will be 1:00 till 2:00 PM preceding the service. Burial will be in Wallis Cemetery where Terry will be laid to rest beside his beloved mother. Bearers will be Randy Sisk, T.J. Woodbury, Richard Harness, Bobby Wallis, Cody House and Brandon Sisk. Honorary bearers will be Tim Wallis, Gavin Wallis, James Baze, Donna Mooneyhan and Dianna Ford.
I wish I had the words to give all of you comfort, but I know I don't. I'm not going to tell you that I know your pain because I do not. Please know that people care. I pray that God will give all of you peace.
So sorry for your loss. I remember when Terry woke up. I have thought about him over the years wondering how he was doing.
My prayers go out to the family..I worked at the nursing home in mt.view where terry was..Sorry to hear of his passing.
Jerry< I am so sorry to hear of your son passing. I let Leon know, he is not doing well himself, we will be praying for all of you. God Bless.
Terry was the perfect example that love wins. I knew his mother, sweet, kind, and dedicated to Terry. RIP Terry, you were loved big. Sending prayers up for the family.
Coy and i will always remember going to the creek camping out when all you kids was little. We will miss you dearly.
I will remember you all in my prayers
I will miss you buddy amber I will be praying for you all
George and family We are so sorry for your loss. Praying God will give you peace at this sorrowful time 🙏
Terry was a miracle, Terry was a man with words that needed to be said. And the determination to rewire his mind in order to say them. There are so many words that could be said about terry. There are words about inspiration. There are words about stubbornness, and There are words about love and miracles. But, there are no words for the loss that this family has suffered. We will Miss Terry with all of our hearts.
George and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this time.
R I.P. TERRY WAYNE WALLIS A.K.A THE GREAT AMERICAN TERK ILL MEET U ON THE OTHER SIDE ETERNITY IS OURS. I LOVE U ALWAYS " WERENT WE SWEETEST OF ALL"
We are so sorry to hear of Terry's passing. We are sending prayers for peace and comfort to the family. Much love.