Douglas Astor Galyon, 72, Philadelphia, passed away Jan. 28, 2013 at Sweetwater Hospital after a brief illness.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Philadelphia where he served as a deacon.
Douglas loved his Lord and savior Jesus Christ and became a Christian at age 9.
Doug took an active interest in cars at an early age, building his first car at 17 out of used parts starting with an old car stored in their family barn. He was parts manager at local Chevrolet dealerships for 41 years, retiring from Jack Nelson Buick, in Lenoir City in 2002.
Doug was a kind and gentle gentleman and a wonderful uncle to his nieces and nephews.
He was an active member of Sweetwater Valley Lodge No. 280 IOOF and past grand master of the Grand Lodge in Tennessee, a family fraternity.
He is survived by wife, Sara Rausin Galyon, of Philadelphia, brother: Frederick Albert and wife Vivian Galyon, of Sweetwater, several nieces and nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by, parents, Samuel Noah and Ola Mae Buckner Galyon, brothers: William Everett and Kenneth Samuel Galyon.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at First Baptist Church Philadelphia.
The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Brian Courtney officiating.
Family and friends will meet 9:45 a.m. Friday at the West View Cemetery in Sweetwater for a 10 a.m. interment.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Philadelphia Building Fund or to Doug’s Grand Master project, Visual Research, in care of Dean Ward chairman, 400 Lattie Reese Rd. Hartsville, TN 37074.
Kyker Funeral Homes, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com