A long line of fire trucks and other emergency service vehicles from across North Georgia drove through Homer Tuesday afternoon in a funeral procession for Banks County coroner Henry Galloway. Galloway, 47, died after an extended illness. He was serving his second term as county coroner and had served on the Homer Fire Department for 32 years.
A huge flag, draped between fire trucks from Cornelia and Commerce, flew across Historic Homer Highway as the funeral procession filed through town. The funeral had been held at Grove Level Church.
Those assisting in the funeral procession included: Homer Fire Department, Banks County Fire/EMS, Banks County Sheriff’s Office, Banks County E-911/EMA, Homer Town Hall, Banks County commissioners, Banks County coroners, Little Ward Funeral Home, Grove Level Church, Life Net, Baldwin Fire Department/Rescue, Commerce Fire, Cornelia Fire, Habersham Fire/EMS, Franklin Fire/EMS, Hall County Fire, Maysville Fire/Rescue, Hall County Honor Guard, Forsyth County Honor Guard, Banks County Senior Citizen’s Center, Generous Hearts/Family Connections and Banks County Recreation.
The funeral procession began at Grove Level Church and traveled to Hwy. 98 and Historic Homer Hwy. and then turned right onto Athens Street, passing by the old fire station that Galloway served.
Galloway’s casket was atop Homer Pumper 1, driven by former Homer fire chief Mack Garrison, who was accompanied by current chief Cliff Hill. Others on the truck were: Chief Jeff Taylor, Banks County Fire/EMS, and David Dunson, deputy chief and chaplain Homer Fire Department. A wreath was on the front of the fire truck.