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Rev Edgar Allan Callaway, Jr
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Birth: Dec. 27, 1910
Wilkes County
Georgia, USA
Death: Nov. 28, 1981
Fulton County
Georgia, USA

Rev. Callaway was a 5th great-grandson of American Immigrant Peter Callaway. His Callaway Ancestry:

Peter Callaway = Elizabeth Johnson
John Callaway = Mary Gould
Edward Callaway = Elizabeth
John Callaway = Bethany Arnold
Rev. Enoch Callaway = Martha Reeves
Rev. Dr. Brantly Mercer Callaway = Lucy Brooks Howard
Edgar Allan Callaway = Mary Eugenia "Mamie" Turner
Rev. Edgar Allan Callaway

REV. EDGAR ALLAN CALLAWAY was born December 27, 1910 in Rayle, Wilkes Co., GA, and died November 28, 1981 in Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA (lived in Covington, Newton Co., GA). He married MARION JOSEPHINE MCWHORTER, daughter of JOHN CLIFTON MCWHORTER and AVA BAREFIELD. She was born December 13, 1921 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg Co., SC, and died October 30, 1998 in Dunwoody, DeKalb Co., GA (lived in Covington, Newton Co., GA).

Callaway Baptist Preachers 1789 - 1953, by Timothy Walton Callaway, D.D., (LaGrange, GA: Fuller E. Callaway Foundation, 1953), p. 67:

EDGAR ALLAN CALLAWAY, Jr., was born at Rayle, Wilkes County, Georgia, Dec. 27. 1910, the section from which the "Clan of Callaway Baptist Preachers" originated in that state. He joined the old and well known Sardis Baptist Chruch at the age of eleven. Having been called to the Gospel ministry, he was ordained in 1942 by the Sardis Church and its pastor, Dr. John D. Mell, for several years President of the Baptist State Convention, and known as a leading parliamentarian of the Southern Baptist Convention. His father was a deacon in the Sardis Church, and Clerk of the Georgia Baptist Association, the oldest in the state.
Edgar Callaway married Josephine McWhorter of Spartanburg, S.C., who graduated from Converse College of that state, and also the Baptist Training School of Louisville, Ky., hence, she is well trained to be a wonderful helpmate to her husband. their home has been blest with three children: Lila Jo., Edgar Allan, Jr., and John Mell.
This young preacher graduated from Mercer University, Macon, Ga., where his noted grandfather was for years President of the Board of Trustee, and also from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky. He has received both A.B. and M.A. degrees. While at student at the Seminary he was pastor at West Baden, Ind., thence to Whitesburg, Ky., and Chicamauga, Ga. He is now pastor of the First Baptist Church, Covington, Ga.
Edgar Callaway was born in such a Christian home, and with such environment it is not surprising that he became a Baptist minister. In personal bearing he has the pleasantry and familiar frankness of youth, sobered of all that is frivolous or self-assuming. He is utterly devoid of any clerical air or shallow conventionalities, which cause men to seek his company at all times. Having a profound heart-experience of the grace of God, his message never fails to reach the hearts of his hearers. He is a wise , sympathetic, and a constructive pastor, with elements that make for a successful pastorate. We predict for him many years of usefulness and constructive leadership in the work of the Lord and denomination. ___________ Biographical Data On Association Officers Edgar A. Callaway, Director
from: Callaway Family Association Journal 1977, Vol. 2, pp. 10-11:

Edgar A. Callaway was born in Wilkes Co., Ga., Dec. 27, 1910. His father was Edgar Allan Callaway and his mother Mamie Turner Callaway. His father was a farmer and cotton was his most important crop. Throughout the years of the boll weevil and, the depression, it was all he could do to hold his farmland together. The land comprised 2,100 acres and he lived on the site his ancestor, John Callaway, had settled in 1783, coming from North Carolina and prior to that from Virginia.
John Callaway's son was Enoch Callaway, a Baptist preacher. His grandson was Brantley Mercer Callaway, also a Baptist minister. Edgar Allan was next in line. all these lived on this original tract of land and some added to it.
Edgar A. says "I was never good at Woodson farming, so I left the home place as soon as I could. There were several types of work in my life, from stock clerk to traveling salesman, and last of all the ministry." For more than a year, Edgar A. has been retired from the First Baptist Church of Covington, Ga. - retired, but not so retired, since he has served as interim-supply in churches since the first day of that retirement.
Edgar A.'s education included Emory University in Atlanta and Mercer University in Macon. He is also a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Most of his ministry has been in Georgia with brief periods in Indiana and Kentucky.
He is married to Josephine (Jo) McWhorter Callaway, who came from Spartanburg, S.C. They have three children: Lila Josephine Callaway, now in social work in Atlanta; Edgar Jr., soon to graduate from Mercer Law School, and John Mell, a commercial photographer.
Edgar A. and Jo live in Covington, his last pastorate, where Jo teaches high school. He still owns part of the original farm in Wilkes County.
Death Notices: CALLAWAY
from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution," Atlanta, Georgia, Sunday, November 29, 1981, p. 14E and Monday, November 30, 1981, p. 11D:

Rev. Edgar A. Callaway, of Covington, died November 28, 1981. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Josephine McWhorter Callaway, Covington, daughter, Ms. Lila Josephine Callaway, Forsyth, sons Mr. Edgar Allan Callaway, Jr., Ringgold, Mr. John Mell Callaway, Conyers, brother, Mr. Brantley [sic] M. Callaway, Kennesaw, several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 30, at 11 a.m. from the First Baptist Church of Covington, with remains placed in state at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Marshall Edwards, Rev. Jack Wilson, Rev. Thomas J. White officiating. Interment Callaway Family Cemetery Wilkes County at 3 p.m. Monday. Deacons of the First Baptist Church of Covington and Ministers of The Stone Mountain Ministers Association will serve as honorary Pallbearers. J.C. Harwell & Son, Covington.
Edgar A. Callaway
from: Obituaries of Family Members, Callaway Family Association Journal, Vol. 7, 1982, p. 46:

Rev. Edgar A. Callaway, former director of the Callaway Family Association and a prominent retired minister, died November 28, 1981. He had been the former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Covington, GA.
He was born in Wilkes Co., GA and was the son of Edgar Allen and Mary Eugenia Callaway. He was 70 years old at the time of his death.
He received his early education in the schools of Wilkes County. he continued his education at Emory University, Mercer University, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served churches in West Baden Springs, IN, Whitesburg, KY and Chicamauga, GA.
It was in 1951 that he became pastor of the Covington Church and served there until his retirement in 1975. He served many of the area churches as interim pastor. He was a trustee of Mercer University and Tift College. He was a member of the Executive committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention, moderator of the Coosa and Stone Mountain Associations, past chairman of the Newton County United Fund and chaplain of the Newton County Association of Retired Persons. In 1976 he was named Pastor Emeritus of the First baptist Church of Covington.
He and his wife, Josephine, were charter members of the Callaway Family Association. He served as a director of the group from 1977-1979, during which time, President Joseph Callaway recalls, he was "instrumental in building the Association to its present membership of over 900, and as unofficial 'chaplain at the annual meetings, he shared in leading Sunday morning devotionals for the membership." Not only did he serve his congregation well but he was a friend to all of the community. It was said of him that hew was a true Christian, who lived each day as he believed his dedication and love of god would have him live. The entire community loved and respected him.
Surviving are his wife, Josephine McWhorter Callaway, Covington; sons, Edgar Allen Callaway, Jr., Ringgold, GA; John Mell Callaway, Conyers, GA; daughter, Lila Josephine Callaway, Forsyth, GA; brother, Brantly M. Callaway, Kennesaw, GA and several nieces and nephews.
Much of the biographical information is from the article: Skinner, Lucile H. "Rev. Edgar Callaway, Prominent Minister, Dies", Covington News, Covington News Society and Obit Editor, Dec. 5, 1981. Permission has been granted by Ms. Skinner and the Covington News to use parts of the article and reproduce the picture.
Rev. Edgar Callaway, prominent minister, dies
from: The Covington News, Covington, Georgia, Thursday, November 3, 1981, p. 1:

Rev. Edgar A. Callaway, prominent retired minister of The Covington First Baptist Church, died at Georgia Baptist Hospital Nov. 28, where he had been a patient for the past ten days following a lingering illness.
Rev. Callaway was a native of Wilkes County and the son of the late Edgar Allen and Mary Eugenia Callaway. At the time of his death he was 70 years old. Educated in Wilkes County, he then attended Emory University, Mercer University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Covington he served churches in West Baden Springs, Ind., Whitesburg, Ky. and Chicamauga.
He accepted the pastorate of the Covington Church in 1951 and served as minister here until his retirement in 1975. Following his retirement he served many churches in this area as interim pastor. he was a trustee of Mercer University and Tift College and a member of the Executive Committee of Georgia Baptist Convention, Moderator of the Coosa and Stone Mountain Association, Past Chairman of Newton County United Fund and served as Chaplain of the Newton County Association of Retired Persons. He was made Pastor Emeritus of the First Baptist Church in 1976, following his retirement as active pastor.
Funeral services were held Monday morning at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Wilson, the present pastor, being assisted in the service by Rev. Marshall Edwards and Rev. Thomas J. White. Interment was in the Callaway Family Cemetery at Washington with J. C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Serving as pallbearers were Robert Eugene Callaway, William Johnson, Eugene M. Callaway, Brantly M. Callaway, Jr., William Latimer, Brantley [sic] M. Callaway, III. Honorary escort were Deacons of the First Baptist Church and ministers of the Stone Mountain Ministers Association.
Rev. Callaway was a friend to not only members of his congregation, but to everyone in the community. A true Christian, he lived each day as he believed his dedication and love for God would have him. Not only was he loved and respected by his former congregation, but by the entire community. 
Family links: 
  Edgar Allan Callaway (1866 - 1945)
  Mary Eugenia Turner Callaway (1866 - 1929)
  Marion Josephine McWhorter Callaway (1921 - 1998)
  Lucy Howard Callaway Clark (1890 - 1954)*
  Lila Regan Callaway (1891 - 1953)*
  John Allan Callaway (1893 - 1951)*
  William Turner Callaway (1895 - 1976)*
  Brantly Mercer Callaway (1897 - 1992)*
  Edgar Callaway (1899 - 1900)*
  Edgar Allan Callaway (1910 - 1981)
*Calculated relationship
Son of Edgar A. and Mamie Turner Callaway
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Callaway Family Cemetery
Wilkes County
Georgia, USA
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Originally Created by: Howard Burough
Record added: Mar 30, 2010
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Rev Edgar Allan Callaway, Jr
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