West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Callaway Newspaper PicCharles Henry Callaway, son of Charles J. Callaway and Josephine Harms Callaway, was born January 3, 1931 in West Plains, Missouri. Charles went to his heavenly home February 9, 2016 at the age of 85 years.

Charles graduated from West Plains High School in 1949 with honors. Upon graduation, he attended Rolla School of Mine where he graduated from in 1953. He began working for the United States Geological Survey in Rolla, Missouri and then transferred to Colorado, working primarily in the Denver area. He retired from the USGS in the mid 1980’s.

He was united in marriage with Lucille Phillips in 1951. From this marriage came three children; Elizabeth Ann Callaway Garcia, Charles Phillip Callaway, and John Boone Callaway.

In 1970, he married Marjorie McConnell Callaway, who proceeded him in death in 1989.

Charles Callaway and May Dean Parker Callaway were joined in matrimony on October 9, 1991 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

He is survived by his wife May Dean Callaway of the family home, West Plains, MO; Ann Callaway Garcia, husband Al, Lubbock, Texas; Phil Callaway, wife Karen, Philomath, Oregon; Marvin Parker, wife Vicki, West Plains, Missouri; Brenda Parker DeWitt, husband Calvin, Springfield, Missouri; Beverly Parker Gregory, husband Donnie, West Plains, Missouri; Melvin Parker, wife Kristy, Sparta, Missouri; 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; along with several nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; one son, John Callaway; three sisters, Marie Callaway Schwegman, Charlotte Callaway Sukow, and Hazel Callaway Blakely; and one grandson, Daniel Callaway.

From a young age, he was a member of the United Methodist Church. He currently attended the Center of God Church.

The family will receive visitors Saturday, February 13th from 5-7:30 pm at Carter Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 pm, Sunday, February 14th at Oak Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.



  1. Mary Evans
    February 15, 2016 @ 7:23 pm

    Maydean sorry for your loss. Mary

  2. c.h
    February 21, 2016 @ 4:56 pm

    Please find encouragement from these words:
    “For I well know what I am thinking toward you, declares Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope”