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Mission Society founder passes away


The Rev. Dr. Ira Gallaway passed away on March 16, 2015. Dr. Gallaway helped found The Mission Society and served as board member for many years. 

Born in Glen Cove, Texas, Gallaway had a career in the Army Air Corps and served in World War II. He earned a degree in international law from the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with honors. He married to Sally Baxter in July 1941.

Gallaway answered a call to ministry and earned a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He was ordained in The United Methodist Church and served five churches over the course of his career. He also served as a district superintendent and as the General Secretary of the United Methodist Board of Evangelism. Gallaway and his wife also served with Four Corners Ministry among Native American populations in Colorado. Gallaway was awarded an honorary doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary and served on its board for a number of years.

Dr. Gallaway was preceded in death by his wife and two of their sons. He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia, and son, Craig, 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

His memorial service was held on March 22 in Asbury Theological Seminary’s Estes Chapel in Wilmore, Kentucky. “Ira was a soldier and a warrior,” said the Rev. Dr. Maxie Dunnam, who spoke. “To follow Christ is to, at least in part, be who Ira was.” We thank God for the courageous and faithful witness of Dr. Ira Gallaway.