Remembering Billy Galloway

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 02:27 PM.

Ken and pastor Curtis Clark officiated at the impressive funeral services. At Billy’s request, it was a joyful affair, beginning with a solo which I recognized as a Sacred Harp song that we sang at Bethel Primitive Church when I was a child. I couldn’t get it out of my mind, so I came home and looked in my late father-in-law’s Sacred Harp song book until I found it. It was not a simple task as songs in that book have strange titles.

Here are the words:(v.1) Ye fleeting charms of earth, farewell. Your springs of joy are dry. My soul now seeks another home, a brighter world on high.(2) Farewell my friends whose tender care has long engaged my love; Your fond embrace I now exchange for better friends above. (Chorus) I’m a long time traveling here below; I’m a long time traveling away from home. I’m a long time traveling here below to lay this body down.

Billy Galloway’s survivors include his wife Misty Rosich Galloway, son William "Will" Addison Galloway, mother Dorothy Galloway and sister Cecelia "Cissy" Galloway. Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, largely in Holmes County, also survive.

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