Mr. Buford Henry Galloway of Westville, passed away Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in a Tallahassee hospital following a short illness. He was 90. Mr. Galloway was born Sept. 2, 1920 in Holmes County to the late William Armphy & Charity Daisy Cotton Galloway. Mr. Galloway graduated from Leonia High School in Holmes County, in 1939. He was one of fourteen children and served in WWII in the U. S. Army in the Pacific Campaign as a 1st Lieutenant. He received his BSA degree and Masters degree from the University of Florida. He taught at Poplar Springs in 1946-47, taught at Ft. White/Mason City-Columbia County from 1948-53. He served as principal at Columbia County from 1953-56 and was Superintendent of Schools for Columbia County from 1956-68. He served as Assistant Superintendent in the personnel department in the Duval County Schools from 1968 until his retirement in 1978. He served 32 years in education. In his retirement, he was chairman of the Florida Retired Educators Association, served on the Advisory Board of the Washington/Holmes Technical Center; served as a legislative lobbyist for the Retired Teachers Association and lobbied successfully for health insurance subsidy and a permanent three percent annual raise for the Florida Retirement System. The Lake City Community College has a building named in his honor.
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In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by eight brothers, Clifton, Cleo, Harvey, Murdock, W.A. Jr., Reo, Clyde, and Drew Galloway; two sisters, Celeste Galloway Bowdoin and Ruby Galloway Hutson.
Survivors include one daughter, Irma Guice Galloway, Tallahassee; three sons, Wayne Henry (Peggy) Galloway of Perry, Phillip Buford Galloway of Jacksonville, and Ira Len Galloway of Tallahassee; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vallie Riddle of Geneva Ala and Ottilia Patricia Andrews of Westville; one brother, Cyrial "Bill" Galloway (Helen) of Westville; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Galloway of Tallahassee and Vernell Galloway of Westville, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held, March 2, in the chapel of Pittman Funeral Home in Geneva, Ala with the Rev. Billy Locke and the Rev. Bobby Hanes officiating. Burial followed in Hurricane Creek Cemetery with Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva Ala, directing. In lieu of flowers memorials could be made to any hospice organization or to The Baptist College of Florida, 5400 College Dr., Graceville, FL 32440, or to a veteran's organization of your choice.
Pittman Funeral Home - Geneva
203 S COMMERCE ST PO BOX 36
Geneva, AL 36340
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Mar. 9, 2011