Effie Thomas Galloway (1899 - 2006)
The News Observer (Fannin Co. GA) August 10, 2001:
“Galloway Turns 102---Effie Thomas Galloway was born in the Hell’s Hollow community of Fannin County on August 13, 1899 to the parents of Holland (Fanny) Fain Thomas and Florida Ann Sosebee Thomas. Galloway was the fourth of six children. Her siblings include Carl, Harvey and Bert Thomas, Lillie Thomas and Annie Thomas Woody.
In 1899 times were very hard and Galloway saw a lot of changes. William McKinley was the 25th president of the United States when she was born. Today, she has lived and worked under almost half of the presidents of the U.S.
At the age of 6, Galloway experienced many responsibilities. She learned to cook on an old wood cook stove. Because she was too short to reach the warming closet, she used a wooden box that her father had made for a hen’s nest to stand on.
As a young girl, Galloway attended school at Mobile and later transferred to Lebanon school where she finished her education. In the early morning hours, she, along with her father and brothers, would cut a half cord of stove wood with a cross-cut saw to be hauled by wagon to McCaysville and Copperhill to be sold to earn money for the Thomas family farm.
At 15, Galloway was saved and joined Lebanon Baptist Church. On January 12, 1919, 19-year-old Effie Thomas married Robert Francis Galloway, son of Robert Newton “Bob” Galloway and Margaret “Bea” Lock Galloway. Mr. & Mrs. Galloway settled in the Mountain View section of Fannin County where they raised their family of five daughters. They are Ruby Patterson, Pauline Thomas, Arlene Patterson, Gertrude Galloway and Bobbie Crawford.
Robert had many occupations from farming, coal mining to welding in the shipyard. While he worked out of town the majority of the time, Galloway and her daughters managed the family farm. Other than his public job, they worked the farm, kept bees, raised hogs, chickens and milked cows. Galloway also worked in her fields picking fresh apples and peaches from her orchard to make homemade jams and jellies.
Often times when Galloway came in from the fields to prepare lunch for her family, she would find several ladies from the community waiting on her porch. These ladies would ask Galloway to cut out dresses for them, at no charge. Later, Galloway decided to set a small fee of 10 cents per dress. This did not last long and she lost her business.
On July 10, 1956, Galloway lost her husband due to a serious illness. After Robert died, times became more difficult without her husband’s income. Galloway purchased five cows so she could sell milk and butter. She also sold eggs, honey, apples, potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, okra, huckleberries, blackberries, watermelons, corn and pumpkins to provide for her family.
Galloway’s only vacations have been one-day trips where she would visit the Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove and Cherokee, North Carolina.
July is an unlucky month for Galloway. At 96, she fell and broke her hip bone. [Until then] she had never spent a night in the hospital as a patient. The following July, at age 97, she fell again and broke her leg. She is now able to walk again after taking therapy.
Today, Galloway enjoys going to old-time revivals, which she used to do for eight weeks at a time when she was a young girl.
Galloway’s family now consists of four daughters, eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
At 102, Galloway has never had her hair cut or held public office. She enjoys visiting with family and friends and receiving cards.
Anyone that would like to send her a card may do so to the following address: Mrs. Effie T. Galloway, 238 Mountain View Lane, McCaysville, GA 30555
Robert Crawford and Bobbie Crawford wrote this story about Effie Thomas Galloway.”
Effie passed away April 12, 2006