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Homeless Navy veteran killed in Fayetteville, residents plan memorial

FAYETTEVILLE, Tennessee – The Fayetteville Police Department has confirmed that a man died after being struck by a truck on October 2.

Navy veteran Michael Gallie was well known in the community and highly regarded.

Fayetteville Police said the incident occurred at the intersection of Highway 231-431 and Thornton Taylor Drive, near the Elk River Bridge. Police said the driver would not be charged.

Several townspeople have opened up about their conversations with Gallie on a Facebook post, saying discussions with him are never short. They all shared their memories and personal interactions with Gallie, all shocked at what happened.

Gallie had become a familiar face in town and a weak spot in the hearts of many.

Cori Honey, who gifted Gallie a puppy named Mouse, spoke fondly of the many conversations he shared with the veteran.

“Mike was a good, very friendly man and a vet,” Honey said.

As for Mouse, Gallie’s sister drove from Montana and took the dog into her care.

Several of those who commented on the post spoke of times they made sure Gallie had a bite to eat and something to drink, even providing a place to stay and bathe.

Members of the community, all in shock at what happened, planned a small memorial service for Mr. Gallie on Friday, October 15 at 7 p.m. The rally will take place in front of the Dollar Tree in Fayetteville, where Gallie would sit and happily greet customers as they enter the store.