Wallace Eugene Smith was born on September 8, 1977, to Eugene and Mabel Smith at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Wallace’s parents adored their only child, and anything he wanted that they could afford, they got it for him. They were enamored with Wallace, and their boundless support filled Wallace with self-esteem. He was friendly with everyone, but he also held grudges against those who he felt had slighted him in any way.
He didn’t have an easy time in school and had to put in a lot of extra time studying to get promoted each year. When he graduated, he wanted to become a doctor, so after earning his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, he enrolled in the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson.
While attending classes one day, he met Veronica Sherman. He asked her out a few times, and she finally accepted. He fell in love with her, and when Veronica learned she was pregnant in 2007, they married on August 8 of that same year. Their daughter, Haley, was born on January 10, 2008. While Haley was still an infant, Veronica filed for divorce because Wallace was drinking too much. Veronica said she couldn’t stand the sight of him like that and had fallen out of love with him.
Wallace barely eked through medical school, even with Veronica’s help, and he didn’t pass the licensing exams, so he decided to go into pharmaceutical sales instead. He was hired by Hawthorn Pharmaceuticals in Madison, Mississippi. After he was there a while, he was transferred to New York. He had to travel around a lot and couldn’t see Haley as much as he would have liked. She has been the center of his life since she was born, he tells friends.
After the divorce, Wallace continued with his drinking and eventually was arrested for public intoxication. Veronica used that as a legitimate reason to file for sole custody of their daughter, and though it took a while, she was given full custody.
In 2012, Veronica married George O’Connor, and in 2015, she filed a petition to terminate Wallace’s parental rights because she wanted George to adopt Haley.
Wallace has never remarried and has never found anyone he loved as much as Veronica. He lives alone and spends so much time traveling that he hasn’t been able to maintain a lasting relationship.