Former Judge, Legislator Galbreath Dies at Home

Former Nashville legislator and appeals court judge Charles Galbreath died at his home on Tuesday (Feb. 5). He was 88. A Nashville native, Galbreath was one of the most flamboyant power brokers of his generation, known for his theatrics as well as his accomplishments, the Tennessean reports. “He was a bit of a showman, but his roots were with being a public defender,” said John Seigenthaler, a former Tennessean editor and publisher. “He had a lot of street smarts, and he was a popular politician. He really knew how to massage a message.” Friend and fellow Tennessee lawyer Hal Hardin said Galbreath was “very much a fan of the First Amendment. On the court he was often the sole dissenter, and he took great satisfaction in that.” A Life Celebration and remembrances will be held Sunday, from 2-5 p.m., at West Harpeth Funeral Home, 6962 Charlotte Pike, Nashville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to The Alzheimer's Association.