Terry Hyatt Gallimore, 74, Goldsboro, formerly of Denton, passed away Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, N.C., after a 30-year battle with lung cancer.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at Central United Methodist Church in Denton, conducted by the Rev. Benny Clodfelter. Burial to follow at Tom’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 at the church prior to the service.
He was the first-born child of Hyatt and Odessa Gallimore. He was born Dec. 9, 1946. He was the oldest of three children.
He graduated from Denton High School in 1965.
After graduation, he attended Gaston Technical College, and obtained a degree in electronics.
Soon after graduation, he received his United States Army induction notice. He chose to serve in the United States Air Force, and was stationed in Jacksonville, Fla.
While serving in the Air Force, he served as a radar technician.
After completing four years in the Air Force, he enrolled in North Carolina State University. He completed his engineering degree in three and one-half years while working part-time. His part-time job was, at that time, on the cutting edge of technology — he installed car telephones.
In 1978, he married Brenda Gupton. He and Brenda enjoyed attending North Carolina State football games and traveling to Las Vegas.
He worked as a city engineer for the city of Goldsboro 20-plus years, retiring in 2008.
Terry lost his wife to cancer in 2007.
During his retirement, he and his companion, Phyllis Wittschen, traveled the southern states in his new motor home. Terry enjoyed sports cars, especially Corvettes.
Taking care of his cats and feeding the birds brought him a lot of pleasure.
Terry’s health began to decline due to a previous lung cancer diagnosis in 1990. He rebounded, and lived a pretty full life.
In 2017, his health began a slow decline. Due to his many rebounds, one of his physicians called him “miracle man.”
He was predeceased by wife, Brenda Gallimore; sister, Karen Argo; his parents, Hyatt and Odessa Gallimore; and stepson, David Gupton.
He is survived by his companion of 13 years, Phyllis Wittschen; sister, Lanette Tysinger and spouse, John; brother-in-law, Tony Argo; stepdaughter, Denise Grayson and spouse, Mike; and stepson, Tommy Gupton and wife, Denise.
Memorials can be made to Central United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 126, Denton, N.C., 27239.
Online condolences can be made to the family www.briggs