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Delories Ricks-Wallace

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.

Accession Number

A2002.138

Sex

Female

Interview Date

7/29/2002

Last Name

Ricks-Wallace

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Dell

Schools

Winston Street Elementary School

James H. Smart School

Lockhart's Tailoring School

First Name

Delories

Birth City, State, Country

Huntsville

HM ID

RIC04

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Alaska, Hawaii

Favorite Quote

Plan Your Work And Work Your Plan.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Indiana

Birth Date

8/28/1933

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Indianapolis

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Ice Cream

Death Date

2/15/2011

Short Description

Transportation entrepreneur Delories Ricks-Wallace (1933 - 2011 ) owns and operates a limousine company.

Employment

Wendell's World Manufacturing Co.

Impulse Florist

Luxury Limousine, Inc.

Charlie's Taphouse & Café

Kim's Korner

Wallace Maintenance

Club Zimmer

Blackman Prairie Subdivision

Dee-Lee's

Mr. Adrian

Favorite Color

Lime Green, Purple

DAStories

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