Thelma Jean Brison Gallaher of Collinwood, Tennessee passed from this life on Monday, November 2, 2020 at North Alabama Medical Center in Florence, Alabama. She was born on August 5, 1932 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee to the late Bud B. and Uda Daniel Brison. Upon her retirement from Genesco Manufacturing Company in Waynesboro, TN, she enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening, and cooking for family and friends. She was a member of the Millrock Freewill Baptist Church, Collinwood, TN.
Mrs. Gallaher was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, whom she married on December 26, 1953, J. C. Gallaher, who passed away on February 4, 2018. She is survived by a daughter, Melody Cross and husband, Ed Cross of Florence, Alabama and a son, Brett Gallaher of Collinwood, Tennessee. Mrs. Gallaher was a beloved nanny to grandchildren, Tyler Hallmark and wife, Liz of North Potomac, Maryland, Dustin Gallaher and wife, Brittany of Cypress Inn, Tennessee, Carson Hallmark and wife, Jordan of Dallas, Texas, Craig Gallaher and wife, Ally of Iron City, Tennessee and Laney Gallaher of San Diego, California and great-grandson, Owen Gallaher. She is also survived by a sister, Dianne Butler and husband, Larry, of Collinwood, TN along with many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank her special sitters and the staff of Boyd Cottages Assisted Living, the staff of El Reposo Nursing Facility and the nurses and doctors at NAMC who cared for her in her final days.
A graveside service was held on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 1 pm at Shawnettee Memory Gardens in Collinwood, Tennessee with Bro. Joel Wallace officiating and Shackelford Funeral Directors of Wayne County assisting the family. Visitation was thirty minutes before the service at the graveside. Pallbearers were Craig Gallaher, Larry Butler, Kevin Butler, Brian Thrasher, Blaine Thrasher, Jerry Roberson and Roger Brison. Considering the current restrictions of COVID-19, the family plans to host a celebration of her life this summer with family and friends.