Reverend Rosette Davenport Gallman of 116 Byrd Street, Prosperity, S.C., was born March 10, 1952. She was the daughter of the late Sam and Mildred Davenport. Reverend Gallman attended the public schools of Newberry County, after which she moved to Columbia and graduated from Columbia High School. She furthered her studies at Waverly School of Cosmetology in Columbia, S.C. and received her cosmetologist license in 1979. Reverend Gallman was the owner of Nu-Image Beauty Salon where she remained a licensed, practicing cosmetologist for 33 years. She was also a Certified Inter-State Barber Cosmetology Examiner. Reverend Gallman attended Erskine Theological Seminary and became certified in Local Church Ministry in May of 2011. She was a proud 2015 honor graduate of Piedmont Technical College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Human Service. Reverend Gallman was a woman of strong faith who was deeply devoted to her family, excelled in entrepreneurship and was committed to enriching her community and serving her parishioners and the AME Church.
She was an ordained Minister in African Methodist Episcopal Church and as local Elder by the Rt. Reverend Dr. Preston Warren Williams II on May 14, 2011, at Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Church, in Prosperity, S.C. Reverend Gallman served as a faithful, devoted pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church in Jalapa, S.C. for 9 years. She served as the African Methodist Episcopal Women in Ministry Coordinator for the Newberry District.
In her beloved community, she enjoyed visiting various nursing facilities and volunteering by ministering to their spiritual needs. Reverend Gallman sponsored Dixie youth baseball league for over 25 years, served on Newberry and Prosperity Ministerial Association, Newberry Community Hall Commission, Ascension Hospice, and Prosperity Civic Center Commission. She also served as a board member for the Women on a Mission organization in Newberry, S.C. She was influential in the opening of the first transitional housing for women in Newberry County.
In addition to her parents, Reverend Gallman was predeceased in death by her brothers, Bobby Davenport, Larry Davenport, Bennie Frank Davenport and Henry Sam Davenport; sister, Anna Watson.
Reverend Gallman leaves a lifetime of love and fond memories with her devoted husband, Councilman Allen Gallman, Jr. Their courtship began in 1968 and later led to holy matrimony June 8, 1975, for a total of 52 blissful years. Those left to cherish her memories include her husband, Allen Gallman, Jr.; son, Eric Dewayne Gallman (Kenyetta), of Columbia, SC, grandsons, Eric Dewayne Gallman, Jr and Kendall Allen Gallman; step-daughter, Jettie Payne, of Joanna, SC; brothers, Charles Davenport and Sammie Lee Davenport, both of Norristown, PA; Arthur Davenport, of Prosperity, SC; sisters, Claudia Clark (Sylvester) and Sadie Gallman, both of Prosperity, SC; five brothers-in-law; six sisters-in-law; three aunts; devoted friends; Linda Robinson, Rev. Dr. Elaine Eskew, Jackie Singley, and Rev. JoAnn McIntosh; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A graveside service will be held 12:00 Noon on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Newberry Memorial Gardens, 15127 C R Koon Hwy, Newberry, SC 29108. Due to current health concerns, the family asks that you wear a mask and observe social distancing requirements.
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