• August 17, 2017
Frances Elizabeth Turner Gallman, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away to her glory on August 17, 2017. She was born in Cherokee County, North Carolina and settled in Pensacola in the 1960s. Frances was 91 years old and was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. (Jake), her parents Paul and Ruth (Greene) Turner, and her sisters Sally Wilkins and Madge Haynes, and brother Reverend Joe Turner.
She is survived by her children Tom Gallman of The Villages FL , Nancy (Erick) Smith of Prattville, AL, David (his late wife Gail), Cyndi (Charles) Thompson of Titusville, FL, Susan (Gus) Uebelsteadt of Cantonment, FL; brother Jimmie Turner of Blacksburg SC, and sisters Rachel Brezeale (David) of Simpsonsville SC, and Carol Martin (Bobby) of Blacksburg SC; grandchildren Shelley Chattin, Kelley (Chad) Joneson, Brandy (Brian) Wesson, Ashley (Angie) Smith, Jason (Mandy) Smith, Jake (Kristina) Gallman, Erica (Chad) Summerlin, and Colter Uebelsteadt; and 14 great grandchildren.
Frances was also affectionately referred to as Granny Gallman, a name she was given by her first grandchild, Shelley. Frances loved her grandkids and cherished every moment they were together. When you asked her what she wanted for birthday or Christmas, her answer was always just to spend time with her family.
She was a long time member of Planview Baptist Church. She actively supported her church in many ways. She had a passion for missions and supported home and foreign missions through her service in Planview’s Women’s Missionary Union (WMU). Frances loved her Sunday School class and they were a constant support for her in prayer. Frances loved the Lord and her life was a testament to her relationship with him. She was the rock of powerful prayer for her family and friends. She loved studying her Bible.
She was an inspiration to anyone who had the good fortune of knowing her or just simply having a brief interaction with her. Countless times, we all heard the words, “Your Mother (wife, sister, etc.) is sooo sweet. And indeed she was.
She loved her brothers and sisters, and looked forward especially to the annual “Sister Reunions”. They enjoyed being together, telling stories about each other, and laughing into the wee hours.
Frances was a hard worker, an excellent homemaker, and had a passion for yard work. She always had a beautiful flower garden and for many years, raised her own vegetables. She was an excellent cook and there always seemed to be enough for one more (or two or three more) for dinner. She had many “honorary” children who always seemed to show up just when you could smell supper on the table. And, she loved her ice cream. Many a time, church friends and family would get together for a homemade ice cream social. Everyone would bring a different flavor to taste, the kids played, and the men told tall tales.
It was apparent how much she loved her children through the sacrifices she made throughout the years. She always put God first, her husband second, and then her family. In the words of one of her grand- daughters, she taught us to be self sacrificing, how to throw down in the kitchen, how to love unconditionally, how to work hard, stay humble, and always keep Christ first. She’s in heaven now probably making new friends, worshipping Jesus and baking a pound cake. While we weren’t ready for her to leave, we find comfort knowing that one day we will be seeing her again.
Visitation will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens, 7433 Pine Forest Road, Pensacola, on Sunday, August 20, 2017 From 12:00 Noon till the service begins at 1:00 PM.
Pallbearers are Ashley Smith, Jason Smith, Jake Gallman, Hunter Chattin, Colter Uebelsteadt, Mike Blanton, Jackson Smith and Barrett Smith.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Plainview Baptist Church, 1101 West Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32534.