Rex Gallimore, 87, of 5021 E. Holly Grove Road, Thomasville, NC. went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 22, 2010.
The funeral was at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville by the Rev. David Hedrick and the Rev. Billy Joe Yates. Burial was held in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family received friends at the funeral home, 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday and other times at the home of Mike and Jean Hege, 4979 E. Holly Grove Road, Thomasville.
Mr. Gallimore was the son of the late Seaph and Mary Alice Snider Gallimore, Rex, and was born in Randolph County, Feb. 25, 1923. He was owner of Rex Gallimore Plumbing Company for nearly 20 years and was very well known around Thomasville.
For the next 27 years Rex was an instrumental figure of Davidson Water Inc. and was responsible for tasks such as elevated tank inspection as well as operation and maintenance of more than 60 pumping systems. He retired from Davidson Water in 1998. Rex was not only an employee of Davidson Water, he was a founding member and board president of the non profit previously known as East Central Water. He almost single-handedly obtained the signatures of 3,000 families desiring water service in the late 1970s.
East Central Water later became Davidson Water, Inc. He supervised construction of the initial piping project. His efforts earned him an employee spot with the company, and later on, recognition as North Carolina Rural Water Association State Employee of the Year in 1994. Wherever there was a water break, be it noon or night, he was usually the first one to arrive and get the valves turned off and the leak fixed.
Davidson Water was not the only place that Rex left his mark. He was also well known in the community for his volunteer efforts. His volunteerism included commissioner of the Little League baseball team in the Fair Grove-Pilot area. He also served as a past member of the Fair Grove Lions Club and held a variety of offices including fire chief at Fair Grove Fire Department. He served in the U.S. Army and also supported the cause of the American Red Cross by donating 10 gallons of blood throughout the years. Some of his volunteer efforts carried over to his house where thousands of Christmas lights blanketed the front yard each year. Families enjoyed stopping to view the lights and to visit with Santa Claus as part of their Christmas celebration.
Rex was preceded in death by his first wife, Mozelle Foust Gallimore; two brothers, Boyd Gallimore and Aster Gallimore.
Surviving are Rex and Mozelle Foust Gallimore’s daughters, Jean Hege and her husband, Mike, of Thomasville, Debbie Slack of Florence, S.C., and Rex Gallimore’s second wife, Edith Rider Lambeth Gallimore of Thomasville; siblings Oleene Pierce and Hosea Gallimore of Denton, James Lee Gallimore and his wife, Violet, of Jasper, Ala., and Doak Gallimore and his wife, Nancy, of Thomasville; grandchildren Eric Hege and his wife, Mary, Rexanne Hege, and Michele Slack; great-grandchildren, Zachary Hege, Dylan Hege and Richard Slack.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292
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Rex Gallimore, the second son of Seaph and Alice Gallimore, was born in the Jackson Creek area in Randolph County on 25 February 1923.
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