The Reverend Thomas Lew Golladay died on January 30, 2013 in Vero Beach after a prolonged illness.
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He was born on October 4, 1941 to Thomas Raymond and Emma Lou Stoner Golladay in Woodstock, Virginia.
He is proceeded in death by his spouse of 45 years, Eugenia "Genie" Golladay of Sebastian.
He is survived by his two daughters, Kathleen Kowanic (Michael) of Vero Beach, Florida; and Morgan Golladay-Burke (Chris) of Barefoot Bay, Florida; three grandchildren, Emma Kirsten Kowanic, Ethan Michael Thomas Kowanic and Bailey Burke; and two brothers, Samuel Stoner Golladay (Diane) of Vero Beach and John Stoner Golladay (Joyce) of Sebastian.
Rev. Golladay was an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He graduated from Central High School in Woodstock in 1960, from Catawba College, Salisbury North Carolina in 1964 and from Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1967. That year, he entered the parish ministry and became the pastor of Emmanuel (Baust) United Church of Christ in Westminster, Maryland where he served for 23 years.
In 1972 he became a Certified Organizational Development Consultant and spent 12 years as the Associate in Parish Development for the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ working with 81 churches in the Catoctin and Shenandoah Associations in Maryland and Virginia.
Pastor Golladay was the architect of a new Pastoral Care Program at Carroll County General Hospital (Carroll County Hospital Center) in Westminster where he served for 8 years as Hospital Vice President of the Pastoral Care Department. Under this program he had oversight of 55 chaplains, their training, credentialing and deployment.
In 1991, he relocated to Sebastian where he became the Pastor of a newly forming congregation, the United Church of Sebastian. In 2004, he retired from the active parish ministry after completing 13 years of service as Senior Minister of the congregation and was named Pastor Emeritus. His total ministry spanned 37 years.
Following his retirement, he continued consulting and training clergy and churches, particularly in the Rocky Mountain Conference covering Colorado, Utah and Wyoming and was an active member of Riviera United Church of Christ in Palm Bay, Florida.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Riviera United Church of Christ, 451 Riviera Drive NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905 with the The Rev. Dr. Tom O. Rehling, Conference Minister of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ, officiating. The Rev. Scott Elliot, Pastor of Riviera United Church of Christ will assist in the service. A Celebration Party for friends and associates will be held following the service. Arrangements are being made by Strunk Funeral Homes in Sebastian.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions in Pastor Tom's memory be made to Riviera United Church of Christ, 451 Riviera Dr., NE, Palm Bay, Florida 32905 and designated for Heifer International or The Mental Health Association in Indian River County.
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2013