June 13, 2014
Jadah Arriana Gallaher, age 18, of Harriman, TN passed from this life of labour to her eternal reward in Heaven on May 30, 2014. She was born at the University of Tennessee Medical Center on June 16,1995 to Willie and Melissa (Missy) Gallaher. While under the nurture and love of her church family at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist church, Jadah confessed Jesus Christ and lived a life that bore witness that Jesus was her Lord and Savior. She was nurtured spiritually as well by the fellowships of Bethany Baptist church and St. Paul Missionary Baptist church during the time of her father’s pastorate of these churches. Jadah was known by many of her friends as Jadah “Idogohard” Gallaher, which was a fitting description of the way she lived her life. For Jadah went hard at living a life full of love, laughter, and a resolve to keep the unity of the Spirit of peace. Jadah had many friends but none more closer than her big brother, Darius, whom she dearly loved. Jadah made friends not only among her peers but teachers and coaches as well; everywhere she went whether through school and athletics at Harriman High School and Roane State Community College, A.K.A. Debutants, AAU basketball with the Knoxville Panthers (Don Brown), Team Hustle (Courtney McDaniel), and TN Knockouts (Allen Davis); Jadah impacted lives. She was always full of laughter and jokes as she loved to play pranks enjoying the beauty of life with family and friends. Jadah’s short (in our eyes) but impacting life teaches us a lesson that is summed up in the quote, “It’s not the number of days of life that count, but it’s the life in your days that really matter.” A smile gone but never forgotten!
She was preceded in death by her Papa Forrest E. Palmer, grandfather Henry J. Jordan, great-grandmother Lennie (Raymond) Eskridge, great-grandfather Sam (Daisy) Gallaher.
She leaves to cherish her memory:
Parents: Willie and Melissa (Missy) Gallaher, Brother: Darius J. Gallaher, Grandmothers: Nee Nee: JoAnn B. Palmer, Granny Wheatie: Lucille Gallaher, Uncle: Chancey (Renee) Palmer of Rhode Island, Aunts: Alicia (Aunt Lisa) Wright, Sandra Palmer of San Diego, CA, Sherri Swann, God Sister: Kyra Siler, Special Cousins: Cedric Palmer, of San Diego, CA, Kalei Vega, Armando Vega, Demarcus Inman, Kyron Inman, and a host of family, friends and a loving community.
Arrangements are as follows:
Friday, June 20, 2014 at Roane State Community College Gymnasium, Public Viewing will be from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Family hour will be 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm with Rev. Jesse L. Williams, Sr., Officiating. Interment will follow in the Roane Memorial Cemetery. Evans Mortuary of Rockwood is serving the Family of Jadah A. Gallaher
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Roane State Community College Foundation….earmarked….The Jadah Memorial Scholarship Fund. Roane State Foundation, 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, TN 37748
If tomorrow starts without me, And I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes, All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things, we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me, As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name, And took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready, In heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind; All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, A tear fell from my eye
For all my life, I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for, So much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays,The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared, And all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, Just even for a while,
I’d say good-bye and kiss you, And maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized, That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories, Would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did, My heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, From His great golden throne,
He said, “This is eternity, And all I’ve promised you.”
Today your life on earth is past, But here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, But today will always last,
And since each day’s the same way, There’s no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful, So trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things,You knew you shouldn’t do.
But you have been forgiven, And now at last you’re free.
So won’t you come and take my hand, And share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts without me, Don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me, I’m right here, in your heart.