Comic, musician impersonated famous performers

James “Jimmy” Wallis, comic, vocalist, musician and ventriloquist, died April 17 in Arlington, Texas. He was 80.

Born in Searcy, Ark., Willis grew up in Broken Bow, Okla. before attending Oklahoma U..

Wallis is best remembered for his impersonations of famous performers, including his signature impersonation of Elvis Presley. Wallis frequently performed in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and also entertained troops during the Vietnam War and was commended by the Military Assistance Command for his dedication to the men and women at the front lines of combat zones.

He is survived by his two daughters.

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