Rev. Wallace Bullard Guerrant, Sr., 77

Published 5:50 pm Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rev. Wallace Bullard Guerrant, Sr., 77, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, February 16, 2018, surrounded by his adoring family. 

He was born at the Guerrant Clinic in Winchester, Ky. on January 4, 1941 to the late Dr. Edward Owings Guerrant (1908-1993) and Julia Elford Bullard Guerrant (1908-2006). 

Wallace graduated from Winchester High School in 1959 then attended Hanover College in Indiana for 1 year. He then transferred to Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963. 

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He worked for the State of Kentucky, Epidemiology Department for several years and then moved his family to Springfield, Mo. to attend Central Bible College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Theology in 1974. He was ordained into the ministry that same year.

 Upon returning to Winchester, he preached in various capacities while managing the billing and insurance office of his father’s medical practice.

In 1983, Wallace became interested in opticianry, passed the 2 board exams and opened a retail optical shop along with his wife, Lana (also an optician). He worked as an optician for the next 30 years of his life. 

Wallace married Lana Kaye Shearer on June 28, 1963 in Central Baptist Church, Winchester, Ky. They were happily married for 54 years. 

Among Wallace’s many accomplishments, he was a founding board member of Christ Center in Lexington, Ky. and Registrar for the first Kentucky Faith at Work Conference in 1968. He spent countless hours ministering to the needs of hospital and Hospice patients and preaching at local nursing homes. 

Wallace was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir, taught classes, and founded First Spanish Church. He sang with the Winchester Chorale for many years, was a member and chairman of the Kentucky Foster Care Review Board, and President of the Winchester Kiwanis Club, 1982-1983.

Wallace is survived by his lovely wife, Lana, of Winchester, Ky.; one sister, Hattie Lee Guerrant of West Palm Beach, Fl.; three brothers, Edward Owings Guerrant (Coleen) of Fairfield, Ca. Edward Putney Guerrant (Pippi) of Winchester, Ky. and Frederick Wilson Guerrant (Suzanne) of Thomson, Ga.; two biological children, Julia Guerrant Walz (the late Rev. Mark D. Walz, Sr.)and Wallace B. Guerrant, Jr. (Dr. Nancy L Smith Guerrant), both of Winchester, and six adopted children, John Guerrant, Karen Guerrant Embry (Andrew), Kenny Guerrant, Cokie Guerrant, Julio Rodriguez-Guerrant (Kate) and Erick Garcia Guerrant (Allison). Wallace has 31 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 22, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 204 S. Main St. Winchester, Ky. 40391, from 6-8 pm. Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Winchester Cemetery, 625 W. Lexington Ave., Winchester, Ky., “Section K-Woodlawn”.

Pallbearers will be Frederick Wilson Guerrant, Barry Wayne Shearer, Dr. Wallace B. Guerrant, Jr., John Guerrant, Julio Rodriguez-Guerrant and Erick Garcia Guerrant. Honorary Pallbearers will be Oliver Franklin “Butch” Shearer, Edward Putney Guerrant, Robert Gaylord Shearer, Kenny Guerrant, Cokie Guerrant, Mark Dixon Walz, Jr., Wallace Bullard Guerrant, III, Michael David Walz, Russell Putney Guerrant, and Matthew Dylan Walz.

University of Kentucky ROTC Army Cadet Daniel Edward Guerrant will escort his grandmother throughout the funeral proceedings.

In lieu of flowers, Lana Guerrant requests memorial donations be made to Common Good, a children’s and teen ministry in which Wallace’s grandson, Mark Dixon Walz, Jr. is involved. The address is Common Good, 1015 N. Limestone , Lexington, Ky. 40505. Donations may also be made online at