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Leesburg man drowns in Gulf

By   /   August 30, 2010  /   Comments

KYLE GALLOWAY, 26, WAS SWIMMING WITH FRIENDS AT PANAMA CITY BEACH

            A vacationing Leesburg man drowned early Saturday at Panama City Beach while swimming in rough surf conditions in the Gulf of Mexico, authorities said.

            Kyle Galloway, of Cookville Road, was the son of Bob and Brenda Galloway, who own Berney’s Tire Service in Albany. He was 26; funeral services will be held Wednesday.

            Panama City Beach police said an autopsy is planned. Galloway was swimming near Aqua Vista condominiums on Front Beach Road with two friends who lost contact with Galloway after the three were hit by a wave shortly after midnight, police said.

The initial search for Galloway was unsuccessful; later in the morning, U.S. Coast Guard personnel using a helicopter found Galloway’s body.

            Galloway’s death was the third apparent drowning at Panama City Beach in four days, according to police, who say that red flags are flying to caution swimmers about rough surf conditions.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors. Leighann Raynor will officiate; internment will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kimbrell-Stern. His obituary will be published online Tuesday at www.TheAlbanyJournal.com and in Wednesday’s print edition of the newspaper.

Galloway was born in Albany and was a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. He was most recently employed at the Marine Corp. Logistics Base, and before that he worked with his parents in the family’s tire service business.

Survivors include his parents, of Leesburg; grandmothers, Lula M. Galloway and Hilda Story both of Albany; numerous, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and a host of friends, including his closet friend, Audrey Wilson.

Galloway was preceded in death by his sister, Shannon Hurlock, uncle, Harry Galloway and his grandfathers, Lum Story and Robert Galloway.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lee County Animal Shelter 101 Mossy Dell Road Leesburg, GA 31763 or Gideons International Albany Camp 1001, P.O. Box 1823, Albany, GA 31702.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.

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