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Joe Galey

Joe Galey

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09/14/09 11:13 PM #1    

Robert Wylie

The last time I saw Joe was in Saigon at the Tan Son Nhut AFB. Joe was heading to Hawaii to meet Shirley. I didn't know that Joe had died and from this site, I have also learned Shirley has also died.



Social Security Death Index Name:

Shirley S. Galey SSN: 426-xx-xxxx

Last Residence: 38701 Greenville, Washington, Mississippi

Born: 31 Jan 1947

Died: 19 Mar 2005 State (Year) SSN issued: Mississippi (1962)

09/21/09 07:24 PM #2    

Barbara Woods (Ballard)

We were the first to graduate on the football field and everyone was so scared it would rain on us. Joe, as it so happened, was in the row in front of me and he carried an umbrella to practice every day. He said so long as he had his umbrella it would not rain. On graduation night I asked Joe, "Where's your umbrella?" He lifted his robe, and sure enough, that umbrella tip was on the toe of his shoe and the handle was somehow wedged into his pants pocket and it did not rain on us. Thanks, Joe.

Following graduation Joe was sent to Vietnam along with so many of our young friends. He married Shirley Stewart and they had two children - Joe and Jenny. After being discharged from the military Joe had a number of jobs and even had his own car lot before becoming a fireman. Later he was employed with Uncle Ben's Rice Mill here in Greenville where he worked for 15 years. Joe was forced to take early retirement because by that time Shirley's health had deteriorated to the point that he needed to stay home and take care of her. Joe did everything for Shirley and never left her side. When the day finally came that Shirley had to go into a nursing home Joe was beside himself with grief. That was one of the few times I ever saw Joe cry. Even though Joe had health problems, he refused to seek medical help. Vietnam began to take its toll on Joe's life about this time. He began having nightmares and flashbacks about his time in Vietnam. With the pains of Vietnam and caring for Shirley and watching her die, I think Joe gave up and he died about 13 months after Shirley's death. I like to think that Joe and Shirley are sitting on a back porch together somewhere in heaven, Joe with his coffee and Shirley with her glass of tea, overlooking a fishing hole for Joe that is surrounded by wildflowers for Shirley. They are together, they are happy, and they are pain-free.

05/10/11 04:09 PM #3    

Robert Wylie


GREENVILLE - Funeral services for Joe Marion Galey, 58, of Greenville will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville. He died April 27, 2006, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Greenville.

He was born in Greenville where he was a graduate of Greenville High School. He also graduated from Delta State University. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam Era and won a Bronze Star. After his discharge, he returned to Greenville, where he was employed with the Greenville Fire Department for about 10 years before becoming employed at Uncle Ben's. He retired in 1997 to take care of his wife, Shirley Stewart Galey, who preceded him in death in 2005. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

Survivors include a son, Joe L. Galey and wife, Christie, of Greenville; a daughter, Jenny G. Hallman of Southaven; his father, J.M. Galey of Greenville; a sister, Ruthie G. Sweet and husband, Steve, of Greenville; and two granddaughters, Erin Jo Galey and Emily Rose Galey, both of Greenville.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville.

DDT - April 28, 2006


11/03/11 06:06 PM #4    

Robert Chow

 joe galey was very much part of my life because he was teasing me so much but fun. His dad and my dad, Lucky were very close friends. there was something special about joe, a caring guy come to my rescue on many occasion during my high school years. i'll miss him. 

04/27/14 09:00 PM #5    

Robert Wylie

Joe Marion Galey

Birth:     Jun. 23, 1947
Greenville, Washington, Mississippi

Death:     Apr. 27, 2006
Greenville, Washington, Mississippi

Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
Greenville, Washington, Mississippi

You can also visit Joe's memorial page at:

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