Robert R. "Bob" Galbreath

Born in Akron, OH on July 2, 1923

Departed on May 19, 2020 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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Robert Roy “Bob” Galbreath, 96, of Goodlettsville passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Born, July 2, 1923 in Akron, OH, Bob was the son of the late Edward Carter Galbreath Sr. and Lucille Derseweh Galbreath. Bob was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ella (Allen) Galbreath, and two daughters, Donna Galbreath Benek and Kristie Jo Galbreath. Bob graduated from Goodlettsville High School with the class of 1941. He served in the Army Air Corps during the Second World War achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant by the time of his discharge in 1945. Following his military service he bought a grocery store in Union Hill which he operated for many years. A well-known and admired man within the community he later started an income tax service which grew as a business as well. Bob received his real estate license and had worked with Joe Adams among others, and was also a published author of three short stories in addition to the “History Of Union Hill Baptist Church” which he had been a member of for many years. Bob is survived by his son Maxie B. (Marty) Galbreath; his daughter, Kelly Galbreath (Monty) Mendenhall; three grandchildren, Britt Galbreath, Paula Lampman, and Jason Ayers; four great-grandchildren, Austin Ayers, Abby Lampman, Will Ayers and Alyssa Ayers; his brother Ed Carter Galbreath, Jr. and several extended family members and many friends. A life celebration service will be held at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 3 PM. Visitation will precede the service from 1 until 3 PM. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

14 Comments to Robert R. "Bob" Galbreath

  1. Mac and Jennie Newbern
    May 20, 2020 6:13 pm

    We loved “Mr. Bob” and he always had very sage wisdom to impart. Sure will miss him! The Hill won’t be the same without him.

    • KEVIN P Freeman
      May 21, 2020 4:56 pm

      I grew up around all these stories. My grandparents were long time customers and friends of MrBob. Dennis and Patricia Haun. The lived just down the hill on Lickton Pike in a Green roof house on the right on a hill. My mother and her siblings also grew up with Mr Bob…Tina,Sharri, Pam and Matt. Mr Bob helped me and my friend Jimmy Hitt find the old places in his books. Some were secerets that we had to keep. This man I am sure does not remember my own story. He is a large part of mine. Patrick and Jimmy Hitt.

    • Helen Outlaw Powers
      May 25, 2020 9:07 pm

      I went to Union Hill Elementry in early 1960.My mother “Miss Mary” was the 2nd Grade teacher
      Mr. Bob was a good friend to us both and I have fond memories of stopping in after school.Mr. Bob was a wise and humble man. Always sweet and kind.

  2. Paulette Sweeney
    May 20, 2020 10:38 pm

    Mr Bob was very special man. He & Jack would tell me stories about WWII when I worked at the store many years ago. He will be greatly missed by all who came in contact with him.

    • Jean LaRue White
      May 21, 2020 11:38 am

      Mr. Bob was an extraordinary man, being front and center of Goodlettsville Tn. He knrew everyone and helped many. His long standing work at Union Hill Baptist Church will be remembered by all. Condolences to his immediate family members.

  3. Vicki Miller
    May 21, 2020 1:49 pm

    I used to stop in at the store every morning on my way to work to get my chocolate milk. Then I would stop again on my way home to pick up something for supper. Mr. Bob was always so very friendly and always had a smile on his face. I would request our steaks be cut as man size and woman size. He or Maxie knew just how to cut them! It’s been a few years since then, but will always remember the kindness. To the family, I’m sorry for your loss.

  4. Emerson and Gale Boguskie
    May 24, 2020 6:15 pm

    Truly a great man and great neighbor,

  5. Susan Seroff
    May 25, 2020 11:22 am

    Mr. Bob was a unique man, who was a part of my family history. When my children were little, he’d weigh them on his grocery scale, and for Halloween he’d tell tales around a fire and spice it up with effects, and if I had special visitors he’d cut me steaks, “tender as a woman’s heart”. He was a trusted gentleman in a small community. Rest in Peace, Mr. Bob, you left many with good memories.

  6. Beverly Tomlinson Flanders
    May 25, 2020 2:24 pm

    Kelly’s Dad was a big part of my growing up at Union Hill. I have so many wonderful memories that include him. A great husband, father and friend to so many. It was a blessing to know him!

  7. Jerry and Sally Cuffman
    May 26, 2020 1:27 am

    Bob was a long-time friend and neighbor. So many memories. Bob was one of the ‘Great Generation;’ so thankful for his service and that of so many who stepped up to safeguard our freedom.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out for Maxie, Kelly, and all of the family.

  8. Billy Deaderick
    May 26, 2020 9:16 am

    Mr. Bob will be missed greatly on Union Hill. A role model for every young man to look at and many of us did. He always had time to talk and asked how people was doing and if anyone needed anything. A true Christian and his light shined very bright. We all know where “Mr, Bob” is today and can surely hope to be seeing him and others when we are called home.

  9. Aviator
    May 26, 2020 10:42 am

    From one aviator to another:

    “Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds –
    and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of –
    wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
    Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along
    and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
    “Up, up the long delirious burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
    where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
    and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
    the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    put out my hand and touched the face of God.”

  10. Nancy Clendenin Knight
    May 26, 2020 12:06 pm

    Bob Galbreath will always be part of my life since we went on so many family trips and enjoyed so many family meals all together. He was a wonderful person and loved by everyone who knew him. His life is an example for all of us, and Kelly and Maxie were always terrific children whom he was so very proud of. He was special…❤️✝️

  11. Kimberly Cox Jernigan
    May 26, 2020 9:05 pm

    Mr.Bob was a wonderful employer . The lesson I learned as a teenager I still use today. I have so many happy memories of him . He would tease me about boys as he showed me how to cut up a chicken . He was always so friendly. I can still see his smile . Kelly and Maxie you both are in my prayers . Your father was a wonderful man.

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