LEBANON -- Mrs. Gallaher, 86, died peacefully Saturday morning, March 13, 2010, after a long illness. Elizabeth was born in Giles County, on June 23, 1923. Her family moved to Nashville when she was 9 years of age. She attended Hume Fogg and graduated from Howard High School.
On June 28, 1946, she married Thomas J. Gallaher. They moved to Lebanon in 1951. Elizabeth raised six children and was instrumental in the lives of 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
We remember her playing tennis and baseball with the grandkids and teaching them ping-pong when they were so young they had to stand in a chair to see over the net. She was a strong, kind and thoughtful woman, driving a pick-up truck until recent years, and baking her famous chocolate chip cake for anyone she knew who was hurting in some way.
Elizabeth is survived by her husband, T. J., and her children, Bill (Emmie) Gallaher of Knoxville; Tom Gallaher of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Donna (Bob) Hamilton of Lebanon; Debra Wymer of Huntsville, AL; Diana Gallaher of Lebanon; and John (Ashlie) Gallaher of Lebanon. She is survived by her grandchildren, Kevin (Melissa Anne Walker) Gallaher, April (Conway) Ella, Matthew (Kara Kemp) Gallaher, Michael Miller, Patrick Gallaher, Preston (Angela) Gallaher, Paty Hamilton, Rob Hamilton, Jimmy Wymer, Elizabeth Wymer, Jack Wymer, Grace Gallaher, Anna Belle Gallaher, and Lofton Gallaher; great-grandchildren are Campbell, Thatcher, and Graham Ella; brother, Jim (Gladys) Gray of Nashville and her sister-in-law Agnes (Ford) Mayes of Donelson also survive her and many dear nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, William Gray and Gray Elizabeth Gray; her sister, Wilburn Callis, and her brothers, William Gray, Allie Gray, and Herman Gray.
Elizabeth was an exceptional woman who will be missed so much by her family and many friends in the Lebanon community.
Visitation with the family is on Monday, March 15 from 4-8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lebanon and on Tuesday, March 16 from 1-2 p.m., with the memorial service at 2 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity or church of your choice.