On October 4, 2019 Lewis Joe Gallman passed away with dignity and God’s grace knowing all was square with loved ones and friends.
Born on January 17, 1933, he was a lifelong resident of High Point. He is preceded in death by his parents, John Oren Gallman and Leva Groce Gallman and brother, John Oren Gallman, Jr.
He is survived by his wife Patricia (Pat) Lucille Ireland Gallman. They married on May 8, 1954 and had just celebrated 65 years of marriage. Also surviving is daughter, Sheila Diane Gallman Cosper, three grandchildren Brandon Beau Cosper (Nicole), Lauren Evan Cosper Byerly (Jason), Christopher Chase Cosper, nine great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. We are so grateful for his presence, humor and love. He is still much loved and will be remembered through our memories and stories covering three generations of family and his multiple friends.
At the age of eighteen he joined the United States Air Force, serving in Korea and state side for a four year term and continued his service in the reserves for a total of forty two years, retiring in 1992 as a Senior Master Sergeant. He proudly burned a green light at his front door in loyalty to our country and it will continue burning in remembrance of his military career.
Because of his Top Secret clearance and honorable discharge he secured employment in 1956 with, at that time Western Electric (now known as Nokia). He retired after working for 30 years in 1986.
His involvement in the community started as a Scout Master of troop Three. He also served as an advisor to the High Point Order of the Demolay and Rainbow Girls. He was (past) Master of Hiram Lodge #674, Bush Hill Lodge#732 and Acacia Lodge #674 in High Point and Archdale. In addition, he served as (past) District Deputy Grand Master of the 45th Masonic District and (past) Commander of York Rite Bodies of High Point. He also held membership with Smith Lodge #775 in Flatwoods, KY and was an honorary member of Fred M. Groce Lodge in Westwood, KY. In 1994, then Governor Brereton Jones of Kentucky bestowed him the honor of Kentucky Colonel. His current lodge membership is with Acacia Lodge #674.
As a member and (past) President of Chair City Shrine Club he tirelessly collected monies for his favorite charity The Shriners Hospital for Burned and Crippled Children. His efforts were recognized on local and state levels through the years. He held honorary memberships at Shriners Clubs in surrounding counties.
As a family we cannot thank our Hospice Home family enough for the kind and tender care shown to him and us. From the bottom of our hearts we appreciate everything the staff members did for him, even going out of their way to help with his care and comfort. A special thank you is expressed to Dr. Amy Baruach to her excellent care and compassion.
The family will greet friends at the Life Tribute Center of Cumby Family Funeral Service, 1015 Eastchester Drive in High Point on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. with light refreshments. A funeral service will be held in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 with Chaplain Craig Walker officiating and burial to follow at Guilford Memorial Park with Military honors and Masonic Rites.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Shriners Hospital for Children, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, North Carolina 28262 or to: Hospice Home at High Point, 1803 Westchester Drive, High Point, North Carolina 27262. Both of these organizations are exceptional examples of human compassion to those in need.
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Oasis Shriners
604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte NC 28262
Hospice Home at High Point
1803 Westchester Dr., High Point NC 27262