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Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Travis Jackson Callahan was born on July 16, 1930 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and departed this life on October 11, 2021 at the age of 91 at his home in Springfield, Missouri.

He is survived by his sons, Neal Callahan (Jennifer) of Springfield, Missouri and Jack Callahan (Suzanne) of Jonesboro, Arkansas; his three beloved grandchildren, Emily Prince of Springfield, Missouri, Chase Callahan (Morgan) and Carter Callahan (Hillary) of Jonesboro, Arkansas; his three precious great grandchildren, John Wilson Callahan, Camryn Callahan and Cooper Callahan, all of Jonesboro, Arkansas; one sister, Shirley Kerby of Rolla, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Richard Paxton (Hazel) of Olive Branch, Mississippi; four nephews, Mike, Jeff and Tim Paxton and Ryan Kerby; two nieces, Denise Frazier and Melinda Kerby; other relatives; and many friends.

Travis was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Reba (Paxton) Callahan; his parents, Carl B. and Doshia (Staggs) Callahan; mother and father-in-law, Lonnie and Anna Mae (Lasseter) Paxton; one brother-in-law, Cletes Kerby; one nephew, Richard Kerby; and his life-long best friend, Jessie Martin.

He was a 1948 graduate of Mammoth Spring High School and served our country in the Korean War.  His life’s work was working for the Frisco (Burlington Northern) railroad as a locomotive engineer until his retirement in 1992.

A devout Christian and prayer warrior, Travis was consistent in lifting up all of his friends, family and loved ones in prayer to our Father in heaven.  He could often be found volunteering at his local church serving others.  Travis was a member and deacon of the First Assembly of God Church in Thayer and was instrumental in the construction of the new church.

Travis will be remembered for his servant’s heart and loving spirit.  He exhibited Christ’s love to all, especially his wife, his sons and their children.

He will be truly missed by his family and friends.  

Funeral services for Travis Jackson Callahan, age 91, of Springfield, Missouri, formerly of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, will be held on Saturday. October 16. 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Jeff Paxton officiating.

Burial will be on Saturday, October 16. 2021 in Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring. Arkansas with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.



  1. leah ann iaguessa
    October 13, 2021 @ 11:09 am

    Oh my sweet Travis! You will be dearly missed. Say hello to Reba, Dad and Roger for me.

  2. Jan Haney
    October 13, 2021 @ 3:25 pm

    Jack and Suzanne-we are so sorry for your loss but what a wonderful life he had!! Such an example and legacy!!! Jim and Jan

  3. Marla Rogers
    October 13, 2021 @ 10:34 pm

    Neal and family. My sincere condolences for the passing of your beloved Dad. I can’t make it to his service, but my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. Phyllis Miller
    October 14, 2021 @ 10:37 am

    Travis was a relative of mine on my mother’s side. His mother Doscia and my mom were first cousins. So sorry to hear of his passing.

  5. Lavaughn Crawford
    October 14, 2021 @ 11:44 am

    Travis was a true friend and gentleman. He and John Harps helped walk me through railroad decision when Jim was injured. Rest in peace.

  6. Dean Williams
    October 14, 2021 @ 12:53 pm

    Travis was someone I always liked to meet and share about his dad. He was so kind and caring. Deepest sympathy to the family.