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Delories Ricks-Wallace

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Transportation Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Lime Green, Purple
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Alaska, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Plan Your Work And Work Your Plan.

Birthplace

Born:
8/28/1933
Birth Location:
Huntsville, Alabama

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Transportation Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Lime Green, Purple
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Alaska, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Plan Your Work And Work Your Plan.

Birthplace

Born:
8/28/1933
Birth Location:
Huntsville
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Biography

Businesswoman Delories Dell Ricks-Wallace was born on August 28, 1933, in Huntsville, Alabama. She moved with her family to Fort Wayne, Indiana, when she was 10 years old. By the age of 11, Ricks-Wallace was earning money by altering clothes in her uncle Norvel Ricks' dry cleaning business. She has combined her innate creative talents and sharp business acumen to become a true entrepreneur.

After high school, Ricks-Wallace attended Lockharts Tailoring School and obtained the skills needed to open her first sewing business. Her business prospered, and Wallace's business expanded to include a designer men's clothing line, WenDell's World Manufacturing Co. in Indianapolis, Indiana. The garments created there were sold in clothing stores she owned in Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana. In 1975, Ricks-Wallace founded Impulse Florist in Fort Wayne and showed the world yet another talent.

Ricks-Wallace's son, Kim, died in 1982. She closed her businesses, but two years later opened Luxury Limousine, Fort Wayne's first limousine service. Together with her husband Charles "Charlie Bob," Ricks-Wallace has owned and operated many other businesses, including Charlie's Tap, Kim's Korner, Wallace Maintenance, Club Zimmer and Blackman Prairie Subdivision-a collection of single-family homes located in Fremont, Indiana.

Over the years, Ricks-Wallace has been active at Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church, the Old Fort YMCA, the Fort Wayne Urban League Guild and the Ladell Traveling Club. Wallace and her husband raised seven children: Yvonne, Charles, Kim, LeeAnn, Emmett, Clifton and Wendell, as well as Kim's three children: Tara, Kim Jr. and Delories. Their grandchildren number twenty-four, not counting their seventeen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Ricks-Wallace passed away on February 15, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Delories Ricks-Wallace's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Delories Ricks-Wallace lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Delories Ricks-Wallace describes her parents' family backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Delories Ricks-Wallace describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about her maternal family homestead on Tenth Calvary Hill in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about her maternal great-grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Delories Ricks-Wallace describes how her maternal family ended up in Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Delories Ricks-Wallace describes her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Delories Ricks-Wallace describes her paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about being related to Dr. Vance Marchbanks
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about growing up in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about her grandfather's job as a mason
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Delories Ricks-Wallace describes her childhood interests and activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Delories Ricks-Wallace describes how she learned to sew and tailor clothes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Delories Ricks-Wallace shares her thoughts about school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about her favorite teacher at Winston Street School in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 18 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about what excited her as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about attending Lockhart's Tailoring School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about getting married and having children
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Delories Ricks-Wallace describes how she came to attend Lockhart's Tailoring School in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about proving her success to those who expected her to fail
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Delories Ricks-Wallace describes what inspired her to open her first store
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about the challenges blacks faced getting jobs in Fort Wayne, Indiana's department stores
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about opening her second store, Mr. Adrian, in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Delories Ricks-Wallace describes the threats and robberies she encountered upon opening her second store, Mr. Adrian
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about the lawsuit she was involved in and closing her store, Mr. Adrian
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about opening and later selling her floral shop, Impulse Florist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about starting her limousine business, Luxury Limousine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Delories Ricks-Wallace describes the clientele for her limousine service, Luxury Limousine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Delories Ricks-Wallace describes Luxury Limousine's celebrity clientele, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Delories Ricks-Wallace describes Luxury Limousine's celebrity clientele, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Slating of Delories Ricks-Wallace's talks about the Fort Wayne African/African American Historical Society Museum building
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Slating of Delories Ricks-Wallace's talks about her civic involvement and the "Old Fort Wayne" neighborhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Delories Ricks-Wallace shares her concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Delories Ricks-Wallace shares her concerns for today's youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Delories Ricks-Wallace shares her concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about her legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Delories Ricks-Wallace talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Delories Ricks-Wallace narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Delories Ricks-Wallace narrates her photographs, pt. 2