Josh Baker Callaway Jr.

Published 12:01 am Thursday, June 21, 2018

March 12, 1934 – June 19, 2018


NATCHEZ — Services for Josh Baker Callaway Jr., 84, of Natchez, who died Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Merit Health Natchez, will be 2 p.m. today at the Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. Linda Fox officiating.

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

Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the church.

Mr. Callaway was born on March 12, 1934, in Marshall, Texas, the

son of Josh Baker Callaway and Sally Virginia Callaway.

He attended college at Texas A&M University, where he proudly served as a member of the Corps of Cadets and the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.

Following college, Mr. Callaway was employed by the Hughes Tool Company and Southwest Oilfield Products, where he served as vice president and on the board of directors.

Josh Callaway never met a stranger, and never met a man he didn’t like.

He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, an Eagle Scout, and a 32nd degree Mason.  His greatest successes came in his role as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Don Gaines.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Karen Kirby Callaway; one son, Bryan Callaway and wife, Donna, of Natchez; one daughter, Jennie Smith and husband, Jarrell, of Vicksburg; one grandson, Josh Baker Callaway III; one granddaughter, Wesley Tilghman Callaway; and one sister, Patsy Gaines of Marshall, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Josh Baker Callaway III, Cal Gaines, Monty Mayo, Eddie Foley, Buddy Wade, David Havard, Logan Foley and Cullen Foley.

Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Peters, Tommy Tarver, Alton Case and Bobby Harmon.

Memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church or to a charity of choice.

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