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Frances Gallaher Lewis

d. April 13, 2023

Frances Anne Gallaher Lewis, of Lynchburg, passed away on April 13, 2023. She was born in Forest, Virginia to the late Hubert Clifton Gallaher and Louise Thomas Gallaher. Frances was a graduate of Boonsboro High School and attended Lynchburg College where she continued her education throughout her banking career. Before entering the banking industry Frances worked for the Pentagon for several years in communications. Upon leaving there, she moved back to Forest where she met the love of her life, Sherman Odell Lewis. They married in 1948 and lovingly shared 57 years together until his passing in 2005. She served Central Fidelity Bank faithfully as their Vice President and Manager of Operations for the western region for many years. Outside of her professional career, Frances was a member of numerous organizations including, the Blue Ridge chapter of the National Association of Bank Women, where she served as Secretary and Publicity Chairman, the Virginia chapter of the National Association of Business and Professional Women’s Club, where she served as Auditor and Chairman of the Committee on Civic Participation, she was also State Representative at the National Committee, she was a member of Multiple Management Group, the U.S. Postal Customer Council of Greater Lynchburg, and the Lynchburg Servamus Club, where she served as Vice President and Secretary.

Frances very much enjoyed going out to area restaurants where she met so many of her dear friends at Bulls, Charlie’s, and Westside Deli. You could always find Frances enjoying the live music and dancing every chance she had. Frances and her sister, Helen, made sure all of the family stayed close. They were always having get-togethers at Helen and Marvin’s home and celebrating every occasion together. Her love and dedication to her family was by far her greatest legacy.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister; Helen Owen, brother; Louis Gallaher, and son in law; Greg Tuck. Frances is survived by two daughters; Lisa L. Tuck (Greg) and Dawn M. Hunt (Robert), grandchildren; Beth Tuck (Terence), Amber Lewis. Christohper Hunt, and Sydney Hunt, great grandchildren; Aubrey and Tre’vion Hollingsworth, brother-in-law; Marvin Owen, niece; Laura Scott (Brian), special great niece; Kristy Scott (Aaron), and nephew; Kenny Reynolds.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg from 6 – 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg at 11 a.m. Entombment will be private. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff and caregivers at Runk and Pratt as well as Blue Ridge Hospice who compassionately cared for Frances over the last several years. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at this address, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or plant a tree in Frances’ honor.

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg is assisting the family.
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