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Alice Hinman Hand Callaway
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Birth: Oct. 4, 1912
Pelham
Mitchell County
Georgia, USA
Death: Feb. 15, 1998
LaGrange
Troup County
Georgia, USA

Philanthropist and Conservator of Ferrell Gardens. Noted for her interest in historic preservation and love of gardening, Mrs. Callaway was the wife of textile manufacturer, Fuller Earle Callaway, Jr. She lead the oversight of Ferrell Gardens; the five acre Italian Renaissance and Baroque gardens that was the center piece of her families three-thousand acre estate "Hills and Dales," from 1936 until her death in 1998. She was a generous benefactor to the city of La Grange, Troup County Historical Society, a founding member of the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, trustee of the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation, Inc., trustee of the Callaway Foundation, Inc., and chairperson of Charitable Services Company. Originally buried at Hillview Cemetery in La Grange, Georgia, she was re-interred in the Callaway Family Cemetery on the grounds of "Hills and Dales" estate in La Grange.
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Mrs. Callaway dies at 85; rites Tuesday
Philanthropist: Preserver of Ferrell Gardens
from: The LaGrange Daily News," La Grange, Georgia, Monday, February 16, 1998, p. 1:

Mrs. Alice Hand Callaway, widow of LaGrange industrialist Fuller E. Callaway, Jr., and a noted gardener and civic leader, died Sunday at her home, Hills and Dales. She was 85.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Dr. Paul R. Baxter officiating. A complete obituary appears on page two.
"Alice Hand Callaway was a gracious Southern lady who dedicated herself to nurturing her marriage, her family and her gardens. She cared for and enriched the historic Ferrell Gardens (now 157 years old) for over 50 years and she often shared the beauty of those gardens with the public," said Kaye L. Minchew, director of Troup county Archives.
An avid supporter of historic preservation, Mrs. Callaway assisted Troup County Historical Society in producing "Ferrell Gardens, A Growing History," a videotape in 1995. With Clark Johnson she co-authored Family Gleaming: A Collection of History and Heritage of the Callaway and Hand Families, published in 1997 for family members.
Mrs. Callaway was a founding member of the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum and was supportive of many local institutions, including First Baptist Church, LaGrange College and West Georgia Tech. In 1986 she and her husband were grand marshals of the Sweet Land of Liberty Parade.
But it was through her loving care of the five-and-a-half acre Ferrell Gardens that Mrs. Callaway derived great personal satisfaction and individual distinction.
Just 23 when she inherited responsibility for the gardens, known for their formal boxwood plantings, Mrs. Callaway described the experience for the book The American Women's Garden in 1984.
"My father-in-law, Fuller Callaway, knew Mrs. Ferrell and came often to visit her in her garden. When he bought the property, he removed the Victorian one-story house, replacing it with an Italian villa in keeping with the terraces and formal garden, and named it Hills and Dales because of the rolling land surrounding the house. He had only 12 years to enjoy and act upon his vision of making an even more beautiful garden before he died in 1928. His widow, Ida Cason Callaway, cared for and loved the garden until her death in 1936. It then became my responsibility to love and care for this treasure. Fortunately, for a novice, i also inherited some dedicated old-time helpers who carried me through the early years of my ignorance. Since my grandmother and my mother were ardent gardeners, i had grown up with a love for gardening, so to me it was never work and to see the results of my labor gave me great pleasure."
LaGrange College President Stuart Gulley said Mrs. Callaway's death "marks the end of a significant era of support to and involvement in the life of LaGrange College and the LaGrange community."
"We can all join in thanking God for her uncommonly generous and full life," he said.
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Deaths In The Family: Alice Hand Callaway
from: Callaway Family Association Journal," Callaway Family Association: Vol. XXIII, 1998 pp. 36-37:

Mrs. Alice Hand Callaway, widow of Fuller E. Callaway, Jr., and noted gardener and civic leader, died Feb. 14, 1998 at her home, Hills and Dales, in LaGrange, Ga. She was 85.
Mrs. Callaway and her industrialist-philanthropist late husband, were both charter and lifetime members of the Callaway Family Association.
Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church in LaGrange. Entombment was in the Callaway Mausoleum in Hillview Cemetery.
Mrs. Callaway was born Oct. 4, 1912, in Pelham, Ga., the daughter of the late J. L. and Florence Hollis Hand. She attended Mount Vernon Junior College in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was very active in many civic and cultural activities, including a founding member of the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, past trustee of the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation, Inc., past trustee of the Callaway Foundation, Inc., and was currently serving as chairperson of Charitable Services Company.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Ida and Charles D. Hudson of LaGrange; three granddaughters, Jane Alice Craig, Ellen Harris, and Ida Hughes, all of LaGrange; two grandsons, Mark Callaway and Charles D. Hudson, Jr., both of LaGrange; 15 great great-grandchildren, David Zimri Cauble, IV, Charles Hudson Cauble, Meredith Hand Craig, Samuel Stephen Craig, Fuller E. Callaway IV, Mary Hollis Callaway, Joseph Hayes Callaway, Gabriella Reeves Callaway, Robert Griffin Harris III, Charles D. (Chase) Hudson III, Mary Ellen Hudson, Thomas Danford Hudson, Thomas Danford Hudson, Florence Hand Hudson, Howard Henry Hughes Jr., and Frederick Connell (Fred) Hughes; and several nieces and nephews.
"Alice Hand Callaway was a gracious Southern lady who dedicated herself to nurturing her marriage, her family and her gardens. She cared for and enriched the historic Ferrell Gardens (now 157 years old) for over 60 years and she often shared the beauty of these gardens with the public," said Kaye L. Minchew, director of Troup County Archives in LaGrange.
An avid supporter of historic preservation, Mrs. Callaway assisted Troup County Historical Society in producing "Ferrell Gardens, a Growing History," a videotape in 1995. With Clark Johnson, she co-authored Family Gleanings: a Collection of History and Heritage of the Callaway and Hand Families, published in 1997 for family members.
Mrs. Callaway was a founding member of the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum and supportive of many local institutions, including First Baptist Church, LaGrange College and West Georgia Tech. In 1988 she and her husband were grand marshals of the Sweet Land of Liberty Parade.
But it was through her loving care of the 5-1/2-acre Ferrell Gardens that Mrs. Callaway derived great personal satisfaction and individual distinction.
Just 23 when she inherited responsibility for the gardens, known for their formal boxwood plantings, Mrs. Callaway described the experience for the book The American Woman's Garden in 1984:
"My father-in-law, Fuller Callaway, knew Mrs. Ferrell and came often to visit her in her garden. When he bought the property, he removed the Victorian one-story house, replacing it with an Italian villa in keeping with the terraces and formal garden, and named it Hills and Dales because of the rolling land surrounding the house. He had only 12 years to enjoy and act upon his vision of making an even more beautiful garden before he died in 1928. His widow, Ida Cason Callaway, cared for and loved the garden until her death in 1936. It then became my responsibility to love and core for this treasure.
"Fortunately, for a novice, I also inherited some dedicated old time helpers who carried me through the early years of my ignorance. Since my grandmother and my mother were ardent gardeners, I had grown up with a love for gardening, so to me it was never work and to see the results of my labor gave me great pleasure."
LaGrange College President Stuart Gulley said Mrs. Callaway's death "marks the end of a significant era of support to and involvement in the life of LaGrange College and the LaGrange community.
"We can all join in thanking God for her uncommonly generous and full life," he said.
An editorial in the LaGrange Daily News of Feb. 18 said of the rain on the morning of Mrs. Callaway's funeral, "somehow the weather seemed appropriate, as if Nature itself was might lily grieved at the passing of this gracious lady whose passion was gardening...
"All who knew her, and many who didn't, will continue to benefit from her life and benevolences for generations to come.
"Alice Callaway will be remembered as a woman of gracious spirit and giving nature. She was charming, dignified, pretentious, committed to her family and keenly interested in her community."
Dr. Paul Baxter, Mrs. Callaway's pastor, described her in his eulogy as one who constantly worked to improve her surrounding in countless ways, as matriarch of an exceptionally generous family. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Judson Larrabee Hand (1850 - 1916)
  Florence Hollis Hand (1877 - 1969)
 
 Spouse:
  Fuller Earle Callaway (1907 - 1992)*
 
 Children:
  Fuller Earle Callaway (1931 - 1971)*
  Ida Cason Callaway Hudson (1935 - 2009)*
 
 Siblings:
  Florence Hand Hinman (1879 - 1942)**
  Judson Leland Hand (1888 - 1958)**
  Frederick Barrow Hand (1904 - 1978)*
  Columbus Washington Hand (1906 - 1976)*
  Henry Harrison Hand (1911 - 1981)*
  Alice Hinman Hand Callaway (1912 - 1998)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Callaway Family Cemetery
LaGrange
Troup County
Georgia, USA
 
Created by: Samuel Taylor Geer
Record added: May 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52631859
Alice Hinman <i>Hand</i> Callaway
Added by: Samuel Taylor Geer
 
Alice Hinman <i>Hand</i> Callaway
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