OBITUARY: Evelyn (Harris) Gailbreath

Evelyn (Harris) Gailbreath

Evelyn (Harris) Gailbreath, age 96 passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in Hearthside Senior Living.

Mrs. Gailbreath is preceded in death by her parents, Charter Mitchell Harris Sr.& Lillie Mae Maxwell Harris; husband, Willard Gailbreath; 4 brothers, Hubert Harris, Grady (Nancy) Harris, Draper(Delcie) Harris & C.M. (Edith) Harris Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Mike) George; son, Frank (JoAnn) Gailbreath; grandchildren, Jennifer Evelyn (Jeremy) Howes of Meridianville, Ala, Russ George of Fayetteville, Tn., Rick (Jennifer) George of Fayetteville, Tn., Will (Amber) Gailbreath of Lebanon, Tn., & Becky (Beau) Davis of Marietta, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Hannah (Brice) Adams of El Paso Tx., Haven Howes of Meridianville, Al., Nate & Micah George of Fayetteville, Tn., Kennedy & Grant Gailbreath of Lebanon, Tn., Mac & Evelyn Marie Davis of Marietta, Ga.; a special thank you and recognition to Sarah McClennon, Wanda Logue, Lula Smith, Crystal Phillips, Shandreka Moore, Alicia Birchett & the staff of Hearthside Senior Living.

Evelyn was born on April 2, 1925 in Putnam Co. Tennessee where her family built and operated the Echo Valley Swimming Pool for many years. Evelyn swam as soon as she walked. She took life saving classes in her teens and actually became a lifeguard. It was at that pool where she met her husband, Willard Franklin Gailbreath. The couple married in 1946 and lived in Cookeville, Maryville, Knoxville, Manchester, Tullahoma, McMinnville, Lewisburg, Madisonville, Ky, Hopkinsville, Ky, Lexington, Tn. and finally moved to Lebanon, Tn in 1973.

Evelyn was in civic groups, enjoyed outdoor activities, was a Mom to all her children’s friends, was a scout troop leader in Boy and Girl Scouts, and was always involved in activities with her children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren. Evelyn was active in church wherever the family moved. Since 1973 she has been a member of the College Street Church of Christ/ College Hills Church of Christ, where her husband served as a deacon. Her son-in-law was their first youth minister and her son is now elder. She had four generations attending that congregation where she worked in the nursery, volunteered in the compassion center, worked with meals on wheels, and for many years helped with youth activities.

For 4 1/2 years after her husband passed, she was a member of Riverside Church of Christ Fayetteville Tn., while living with her daughter and son-in-law. She loved her church family there. For the past 5 years, Evelyn lived in the warm and loving environment at Hearthside Senior Living. She loved everyone on staff and thoroughly enjoyed all the wonderful activities they provided. She even got to tap dance with a wonderful group of ladies. she loved so many people in Lebanon, especially her bingo group and the Birthday Club.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 4th, 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the College Hills Church of Christ. Funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Her family members will officiate the service. Active pallbearers, Russ George, Will Gailbreath, Rick George, Jeremy Howes, Beau Davis, Charles Harris, & Bill Harris. Honorary pallbearers, Sue Walker, Betty Burroughs, Grant Gailbreath, Nate George, Micah George, & Mac Davis.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Mrs. Gailbreath’s memory to The Betty Freeman Fund at Hearthside Senior Living or to Riverside Christian Academy in Fayetteville, Tn., 116 Riverside Lane, Fayetteville, Tn. 37334.

PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL (615) 444-7007 OBITUARY LINE (615) 444-7700.


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