History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Established in 1910 as Wallace Funeral Home by our Great Grandfather, W.H. (Will) Wallace, we have a long history in the Funeral Service Industry, and our family tradition continues. After Will's death, our Grandfather, J.E. (Bud) Wallace, continued operations of the business with his wife, Ottie Musick Wallace, and his brother, W.E. (Preacher Earl) Wallace.

In the mid-1940's they were joined by our father, R.G. (Gladstone) Thompson, subsequent to his marriage to Bud and Ottie's daughter, Jane Elizabeth. Gladstone and Jane had three children--Jimmy, Jan and Jerry. Together, our parents operated the funeral home until our mother's untimely death in 1967. At that time, our father continued operations on his own. In 1976, the business was incorporated as Wallace-Thompson Co., Inc.

Gladstone Thompson died in 1999, and his sons and grandson are continuing the family's tradition. Our staff has many years of combined experience in the funeral service industry. Today, we pride ourselves on continuing our family's heritage and traditions.

Our Valued Staff

James G. Thompson Jr.

James G. Thompson Jr.

James G. "Stoney" Thompson Jr. graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in May of 2006 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service as class valedictorian and is a licensed funeral director/embalmer. He graduated from Rusk High School in 1999 with honors and from Stephen F. Austin State University in May of 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. Stoney joined Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in 2004 as the fifth generation of the family business. He is married to Mary and has three sons, Weston, Will and Witton. Stoney served as the 2009 Rusk Chamber of Commerce President.

Jerry R Thompson

Jerry R Thompson

Jerry Thompson attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service where he graduated with honors in 1978. He also holds the National Board Certificate issued by the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards of the United States. Jerry was one of the youngest funeral directors to be licensed in the state at that time.

Jerry has served families in Rusk and the surrounding area for over 30 years. He is a former member of the Rusk Kiwanis Club and served as a member of the Rusk City Counsel for three terms. He has been involved in various other community organizations. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Rusk.

James G. Thompson

James G. Thompson

James G. "Jimmy" Thompson graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1973 and is a licensed funeral director/embalmer. As president of Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home, he has served families of Rusk and the surrounding communities for 40 plus years. He is a member of the Rusk Euclid Masonic Lodge, former member of the Rusk City Council and Mayor Pro-Tem, Vietnam Veteran, member of First United Methodist Church in Rusk and was the 2010 Rusk Chamber of Commerce Business Man of The Year. Jimmy is married to Sharon and has a daughter, Rebecca and a son, James G. "Stoney". He also has five grandsons, Carson, Anderson, Weston, Will and Witton.

Marty Kovacs

Marty Kovacs, Funeral Director, Embalmer

Marty Kovacs has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 25 years, having served in both Florida and New Hampshire.

Mrs. Kovacs has a Bachelors Degree in Communications and an Associates Degree in Funeral Service. She also spent several years prior to her arrival in Texas, as the forensic pathologist’s assistant for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

She enjoys riding roller coasters, chocolate, board games, and playing the piano. Marty is also a seamstress and quilter.

Sheila  Gentry

Sheila Gentry, Administrative Assistant

Sheila Gentry has been with Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home since 2001 and serves as administrative assistant. She was raised in Rusk and worked in banking before joining the funeral home staff.

Sheila and her husband, Kevin Gentry, have been married for 21 years. They have three children, Jason, Laurie and Brandon, whom they home school. Sheila also serves as a board member of a local home school co-op group. Sheila and Kevin are members of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Maydelle where Kevin serves as pastor and she as church pianist and Sunday school teacher.

Bessie  Lankford

Bessie Lankford, Funeral Assistant

Jack  Lassiter

Jack Lassiter, Funeral Assistant

Tina  Watson

Tina Watson, Funeral Assistant

Emily Quinn

Emily Quinn, Funeral Assistant

Flor Perez

Flor Perez, Adminstrative Assistant

Kevin Gentry

Kevin Gentry, Funeral Assistant