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Date published: 3/27/2013

James H. Gallahan Sr.

James Hunter Gallahan Sr., 91, departed this life Sunday, March 24, 2013, for a glorious celebratory reunion with his beloved wife, Jean; his son Rodney; his parents; and his brother, E.V. 'Billy' Gallahan Jr.

James was a lifelong resident of Fredericksburg, lastly residing at Greenfield Senior Living near White Oak, where he was born. He was the second son of Elbert Vernard Gallahan Sr. and Julia Henrietta Rodgers Gallahan.

James retired in 1976 with the closure of FMC Corporation after almost 30 years of loyal service. He continued to remain employed throughout the Fredericksburg region, working for Julian Bly Wholesale and the National Bank. James enjoyed his job at the National Bank of Fredericksburg in the coin room. He could be heard throughout the Fall Hill Avenue branch, whistling his favorite tunes and greeting bank employees and customers with his enormous smile.

James was devoted to his family, to hard work and to his church community. James and Jean raised their five children proudly in the family of Hillcrest United Methodist Church. They both served in the choir and the United Methodist Men and Women, and James was a supportive parent of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship, assisting often with UMYF projects and transportation. He served on the usher board at Hillcrest.

James was proud of his service to his country. He served with the U.S. Army's 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion during World War II, participating proudly alongside his comrades in four invasions. He was a decorated veteran, receiving two Purple Hearts and multiple service medallions. James was a lifetime member of Fredericksburg VFW Post 3103, serving as post chaplain.

Survivors include four children and their spouses, Karen Nichols and her husband, Rodney, of Locust Grove, Roger Gallahan and his wife, Robin, of Quinton, Jeanene Crenshaw and her husband, Andy, of Montgomery, Ala., and James H. Gallahan Jr. of Martinsburg, W.Va.

James was the proud grandfather of eight, the great-grandfather of eight and the great-great-grandfather of three. He is also survived by numerous cousins in the area and one niece. He was also a beloved uncle to Jeans's many nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29, at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 2208 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg. Burial will follow at Quantico National Cemetery, with military honors.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.