MALAKOFF–C.J. “Red” Wallace celebrated his 100th birthday in style, thanks in part to Whataburger. Wallace is a regular at the Whataburger in Malakoff, and well-loved in the area.
Whataburger arranged a limousine to pick him up at his Eustace home, and transported him, his daughter, three granddaughters and three great-granddaughters to his favorite restaurant, Whataburger in Malakoff, where he was greeted by family in friends in the restaurant which was specially decorated in his honor. He was presented with 100 birthday cards, special gifts and a red, white and blue birthday cake.
Wallace served in the Army Air Corps in Europe and North Africa as a radar technician during World War II. After his service, he worked at the General Motors Plant in Arlington for 27 years, where he helped build the first car to come off the line at the plant in 1954. He retired in 1980 and subsequently moved to Eustace.
Wallace said the secret to a long life is exercise and he still works hard and spends as much time as possible outdoors.