In Memory

Mike Gallaher

Radford - Michael Douglas Gallaher, age 29, died Thursday, March 9, 1989, of injuries resulting from an automobile accident. He was an employee of Radford Community Hospital. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Gallaher, Radford; his maternal grandmother, Nina S. Thompson, Radford; his paternal grandmother, Janet L. Gallaher, Radford. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sunrise Burial Park with the Rev. E.H. Lovell, Will Robbins, and the Rev. Henry Lindsey. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday at the DeVilbiss Funeral Home.

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08/13/08 08:22 PM #1    

Mike Coalson

One of my clearest memories of elementary school was of Mike. We were in different first grade classes at Riverlawn and I remember the first week or so of school seeing this boy crying his eyes out in the lunch room. I couldn't figure out why he was so unhappy, I remember thinking this school stuff was pretty fun. I don't know if Mike ever felt that way but he did make it through that rough start and he became a good friend as we went through school.

08/14/08 10:11 PM #2    

Tom Farmer

Yes, Mike didn't like school in those early years. I remember in 2nd grade he still had difficulty feeling comfortable in school and often by 10:00 a.m. he would sneak home. Because of his disappearing routine, we had to keep the door shut and he had to sit in the front of class for a while, away from the door.

Over the years Mike really became confident and sure of himself. He and I attended Sunday school at a church in Radford and the kids there would give us a hard time about being from across the river. I really didn't like being around that group, but Mike seemed to take it in stride and would tell me not to worry about it. Knowing that he would be there made Sunday mornings more tolerable for me.

I didn't see Mike much when we got to PCHS, but I remember in the 11th grade that he started hanging around a bit with Barry Waddell and myself and played drums in Barry's band for awhile. He had natural talent and could really look the part. Seemed like worlds away from the kid who was afraid of school.

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