Obituary: Randy Gallaway

Randall “Randy” Lee Gallaway of Lubbock—collegiate minister, missions volunteer and motivational speaker—died Sept. 10. He was 73.

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Randall “Randy” Lee Gallaway of Lubbock—collegiate minister, missions volunteer and motivational speaker—died Sept. 10. He was 73. He was born Sept. 9, 1947, to Norris Weaver and Mary Virginia (Moore) Gallaway in Austin. Weeks before his high school graduation, he suffered a devastating injury while assisting an electrician at his part-time job as an intern for American Manufacturing in Fort Worth. Doctors initially said there was no chance of recovery. After a lengthy hospitalization, 38 surgeries and rehabilitation, he graduated from Amon G. Carter Riverside High School in Fort Worth in 1967. Although he lost all of one arm and part of another, he was motivated to make the most of his second chance at life. He earned an engineering degree with honors at the University of Texas at Arlington before pursuing a lifetime of missions and ministry work. He met Mary Ann Milliken of Lubbock while leading evangelism workshops for the Baptist Student Union at Texas Tech University. They married in 1975. He graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1978 and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 1987. In the mid-1980s, the Gallaways moved to Canada to plant a church and minister to college students. As self-supporting Mission Service Corps volunteers, they worked first in Vancouver, British Columbia, before launching student ministries in Toronto at the invitation of the Canadian National Baptist Convention. The Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board appointed them as their first career missionaries to students in Canada. Their joint biography, Death Knocking, Life Calling, was published in 2014. In print and in numerous presentations around the globe, Gallaway presented his life motto: “Never give up! As long as there is breath in you, you must hold onto hope.” Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Gallaway; children, John Gallaway and wife Chelsea of Casper, Wy., and Sage Gallaway of Lubbock; four grandchildren; sister Nancy Cooper; and brother Rex Gallaway.


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