Story published by the Lincoln Journal Star May 24, 2017
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Mourners flood 'Weird' Wally's used-car lot | Local | journalstar.com Riley Johnson | Lincoln Journal Star
At the car lot dubbed "Weird Country," mourners strolled past the casket of used-car salesman "Weird" Wally parked in the white garage.
Wally Rex Smith, who for decades was known for selling inexpensive cars at 23rd and P, died Monday morning at age 76.
Ever a car lot, inflatable blue airdancers fluttered about as hot dogs and chips were served to more than 300 who came to pay their respects.
"Anybody who bought a car from Wally was (his) family," said Donald Handy of Lincoln.
Handy's family bought five cars from Smith in the last 10 years.
Handy and his wife Jasmin Stewart-Handy said they hope Wally's little car lot continues to live on.
Smith made Stewart-Handy feel welcome in Lincoln when she first arrived, new to town from Los Angeles, she said.
A viewing for Smith at his used-car lot only made sense, said Christine Weinberger.
The visitation and memorial, held from 3:30 to 6 p.m., was proposed by Smith's family soon after his death, Roper and Sons funeral director Justin Wozny said.
In helping families commemorate a loved one, funeral staff often tailor services to the individual, he said.
"This is fitting to his life," Wozny said, "bringing him here one last time.
"Wally was one of a kind."
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