Frederick Lindsey Callon

Published 12:35 am Sunday, May 28, 2017


NATCHEZ — Services for Frederick Lindsey Callon, 67, who died Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Denver will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Episcopal Church with the Rev. Ken Ritter as celebrant and the Rev. Canon Chip Davis and the Rev. Canon Paul Stephens assisting.

Burial will follow at the Natchez City Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

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Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

Callon was born Feb. 28, 1950, in Vicksburg, the younger of two sons of Sim Chase Callon and Vera Lee Daniels Callon.

He was a 1968 graduate of Natchez High School, where he was elected to the student council and the band council and was president of both the Natchez Singers and the Key Club.

Following in the footsteps of his mother and his grandfather, The Rev. Henry Lindsey Daniels, Callon was the third generation of his family to attend Millsaps College, Jackson.

While at Millsaps he was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society, was president of Alpha Iota Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and was one of four members of the national leadership council of Pi Kappa Alpha.

In 1972, Callon received a bachelor’s degree with honors in accounting and economics from Millsaps.

In 1974 he earned a master’s degree in business administration from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

He later sat for a Certified Public Accountant exam, passing all parts of the test on his first attempt. His formal business career began as an accountant with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. in Jackson.

In 1976, he returned to Natchez to begin work at Callon Petroleum Co., which his father and his uncle, John Callon, founded in 1950.

In 1984 he became the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 1997, President and Chief Executive Officer. In 2004 he became Chairman of the Board.

A highlight of his leadership occurred in 1998, when Callon Petroleum Co. was first listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

During the past five years, Callon helped establish Callon Petroleum Co. as a pure-play, Permian company. With offices in Natchez, Houston and Midland, Texas, the company has become one of the leading horizontal operators in the Midland Basin.

A member of the board of directors of Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association and other industry organizations, Callon supported numerous national and local professional and civic groups.

Among his special interests were the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society and the United Way of Greater Miss-Lou.

He was devoted to Trinity Episcopal Church, where he served many years as a member of the vestry and as church treasurer. He recently co-chaired the church’s successful fundraising campaign.

He was also devoted to his family and enjoyed nothing more than being with them.

Mr. Callon was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Karen Gay Callon; three daughters, Amy Gay Callon Jones, and her husband, Brant Jones, of Monroe, La.; Heather Brooks Callon of Natchez and Jackson; Lauren Winston Callon Scott, and her husband, Andrew Scott, of Dallas, Tex.; and one son, Lindsey Harrison Callon, and his wife, Katherine Callon, of Natchez; one brother, Sim Chase Callon Jr., and his wife, Lori Callon, of Natchez; and four grandchildren, Harrison Sim Callon, Elizabeth Corrine Callon, Evie Chase Jones and Elise Callon Jones.

Pallbearers will be Dan Bland, Brent Bourland, Philip Carby, Charlie Goodson, Richard Green, Stephen Perkins, Rudy Pollan, Everette Ratcliffe, Kenneth Stubbs and Bobby Weatherly.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Board of Directors of Callon Petroleum Co.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Frederick L. Callon Memorial Scholarship Fund, Millsaps College, P.O. Box 151191, Jackson, MS 39201 or to Trinity Episcopal Church, 305 S. Commerce St., Natchez, MS 39120.

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