Jodie C. Galloway

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    - Linda Poston
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Funeral Services for Mr. Jodie C. Galloway, 81, who entered into rest September 9, 2018, will be conducted Friday morning at 11 o'clock at Sweetwater Baptist Church. Dr. Paul Noe and Rev. Gene Jennings officiating. American Legion Post 71 will serve as honorary pallbearers. Interment will be in Pineview Memorial Gardens.

Jodie Chandler Galloway endeared himself to everyone he met. Overflowing with God's love, joy and laughter, he was a sincere friend, caring brother, devoted husband, lively and sometimes mischievous son and loving father. He was not your typical 81-year-old, traveling, dancing, biking, kayaking, singing and playing guitar while praising God and making everyone he encountered feel like an instant friend. He was suddenly struck with acute pancreatitis and taken far sooner than anyone expected.

Jodie was born on April 18, 1937 in Joanna, SC to Albert Bruce (A.B.) Galloway and Alma T. Galloway. He is survived by his darling wife, Mary W. Galloway, his four children whom he had with his loving wife of 49 years, Teresa W. Galloway (deceased), Natalie G. and Lou Pierce and their sons Ian and Gavin Pierce of Windber, PA, Brannon Galloway and Shari Bishop of Aiken, SC, Lauren G. and Matthew Coates of Lakewood, CO and Benjamin Galloway of Redmond, OR. Newly welcomed to his family were his step-daughter and her husband, Julie P. and Anthony Stanley and step-grandchildren Ashlyn, Alaina and Alyssa Stanley as well as step-grandchildren Caitlyn and Kyle Coates.

A family of educators, his father was superintendent of schools and his mother was a school teacher in Trenton, SC. Stories of Jodie and his brother, Bud Galloway's playful escapades told by friends and their sisters, Betty Galloway Eklund (deceased) and Sara Galloway Cooper, keep the family laughing still today.

Jodie held a Bachelor's degree from Furman University, where he threw javelin and discus on the track team, and a Master's degree from Georgia Southern University. He enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1959 and was honorably discharged as Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1963, serving over 4 years.

Jodie was a school teacher in his 20s and met Tess at 30. They married on August 26, 1967. They were proud parents of Natalie, Brannon, Lauren and Benjamin, and testimonies to God's love, sharing it shamelessly.

He joined the American Legion in the early 2000s and became their chaplain in 2009. Jodie was an active member, attending services and funerals of his comrades regularly.

Jodie was well-known in the SC public schools, selling insurance to educators through Horace Mann Insurance Company. After nearly 30 years there, he branched off to become an independent financial planner and was still enjoying his work at 81.

After many years of caring tenderly for his dear wife 'Tessie', she went to heaven in May 2016. Jodie married a long-time family friend, Mary W. Pinion Galloway, later that year. They lived every moment to the fullest, thoroughly enjoying a trip out west in July. They had a loving social network, laughed and danced often and enjoyed their 'reserved' seat at Sweetwater Baptist Church together.

His passing has shocked all who knew him, as his vibrancy, jubilance and sincerity was infectious. His legacy of love will continue to live on through his family while he praises the Lord with song and dancing in heaven with all who have gone on before him.

The family will receive friends at Posey Funeral Directors this Thursday evening from 6 until 8 and at the church Friday morning from 10 until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: American Legion Post 71, P.O. Box 6036, North Augusta, SC 29861.

Posey Funeral Directors of North Augusta is in charge of arrangements (803.278.1181). Visit the registry at www.PoseyCares.com.

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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Sept. 12, 2018
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