Rhea Hunter Galloway

December 8, 1917 ~ May 20, 2009

Rhea Burleson Galloway, 91, of Wellington Place, 2003 Waters Edge Drive, Johnson City, died Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at her residence. She was a native of Johnson City, daughter of the late George W. and Etta Bailey Burleson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Nathan Galloway; a brother, Jack Burleson and a sister, Pauline Miller. Rhea was a lifelong member of the Central Baptist Church, she and her husband taught the four year olds Sunday School Class for over 35 years and she played piano when needed and belonged to the Chancel Choir. She loved music and she and her sister sang for events such as weddings and funerals. Some of the organizations she belonged to were: past President of the Monday Club, past President of the Watagua Rock and Mineral Association and she was a founder of the Central Baptist Church daycare in 1971. She was a very accomplished lady and had held many positions in our community, she was a secretary to Dr. Paul Worley at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, secretary to Dr. James Cox at the Central Baptist Church, Director of the Kindergarten at Munsey Memorial Church, Assistant Director of the Volunteer Services at the Veterans Afffairs Medical Center and retired as an Occupational Therapist there as well. Rhea was known for always having a smile and loved both her church and family. Survivors include: her daughter and son-in-law, Penelope (Penny) and J. Preston Wolfe of Johnson City; a sister, Gladys McCampbell of Johnson City; two grandchildren, Preston Daniel Wolfe and Carolyn Wolfe Huddleston both of Johnson City; three great-grandchildren, Haley and Nathan Huddleston and Daniel Wolfe; two nephews, Marvin and Sammy Galloway; four nieces, Parrolea York, Ann Hill, Julia Grover and Gail Burleson. A graveside service is scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the Monte Vista Memorial Park under the direction of Rev. R. Willard Warfield. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until time to leave in procession at approximately 12:50 p.m. Active pallbearers will be: J. Preston Wolfe, Warren Huddleston, Don York, William Grover and Dr. Ted Beach. Honorary pallbearers: Preston D. Wolfe, Judge Arden Hill and William M Hensley, RPT. Memorials may be made in the form of contributions to the Central Baptist Church Music Department, 400 N. Roan Street, Johnson City, TN 37601 or the Alzheimer's Association, 207 N. Boone Street, Johnson City, TN 37604.

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