|Birth: ||May 3, 1916|
|Death: ||May 3, 2009|
North Carolina, USA
Monday, May 04, 2009
Scott Callaway, one of the two men credited with turning Elizabeth City into a high school marching-band powerhouse, died at his home on Sunday. He was 93.
Callaway, a native of Oxford, Miss., taught music and served as band director at Elizabeth City High School and Northeastern High School for more than three decades, retiring from active teaching in 1983.
Under Callaway's direction and with the financial support of Miles Clark, a local businessman who supplied uniforms and buses, the Elizabeth City High School marching band became internationally famous.
"The Elizabeth City High School band was well-known in the entire state," recalls Van Johnson, an Elizabeth City attorney who studied music and band under Callaway. "(Clark and Callaway) made it possible (for the band) to perform in Atlantic City and Madison Square Garden and travel all over the country."
John Bell, who was Elizabeth City mayor from 1971 to 1981 and again from 2001 to 2005, said Callaway helped bring a lot of attention to Elizabeth City.
"He put our band and Elizabeth City on the map," Bell said Monday.
Bell said he regarded Callaway as a friend. But then, the band director "was a friend to everyone here in Elizabeth City," he said.
"He was a great citizen," Bell said. "He was a real model for everyone that went through the band and the high school."
Johnson said Callaway had had the "single biggest impact on my life."
"He not only caused you to love music, he taught honesty and integrity," Johnson said. "He was on moral high ground as far as I'm concerned."
Heywood Houtz, who was one of the first students to join the Elizabeth City High School band when Callaway arrived in 1949, remembers the band teacher being strict, but likeable.
"He was a wonderful person, not just a mean gruff old fellow," Houtz said.
Houtz was a drum major who also played clarinet. He remembers receiving nothing but encouragement from Callaway.
"I was interested in music and he nurtured it and encouraged me," Houtz said. "I was the only boy playing the clarinet so I was in an unusual position. He put us through some hard paces — we played difficult music."
Callaway expected a lot from his students, and his expectations paid off in the band's performances, Houtz said.
"We went to Greenville to a competition and we'd play some of the most difficult music there was," Houtz recalls. "He insisted on that and I think the band was better for it."
Houtz remembers the band traveling to Atlantic City one year for a performance. Callaway made sure the band prepared for the big stage, he said.
"We'd report to the bandroom and march for about two hours straight," Houtz said. "He wouldn't allow you to miss rehearsals much."
Katie Knight, a paralegal who works in Johnson's office, played piccolo and flute at Northeastern in the mid-90s and remembers Callaway, who was a substitute teacher then, always having time for his students.
"If you said hello to him, he knew if you were a member of the band," she said. "He was never too busy to talk to students. He made it like a family."
Even in his later years, Callaway never forgot his students, Johnson said.
"He had a memory like a telephone book," Johnson said. "He could remember students' names and what (instruments) they played. I was always amazed at this man's memory capacity."
Callaway received numerous accolades for his years as a band director. Besides being a guest on Bill Friday's UNC-TV program "Carolina People," he was inducted into the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame last November. He also was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, the state's highest civilian honor, in 1995. Callaway also received letters of commendation from two Elizabeth City mayors, a state governor, and two presidents — Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. He was also honored with his own day — Scott Callaway Day — in 1995.
Callaway is survived by his wife, Bernice Naylor Callaway, and three sons. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Twiford Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements
Scott Chatoney Callaway, age 93, of 1322 Horner Street, Elizabeth City, N.C., died Sunday, May 3, 2009 at his residence. Mr. Callaway was the son of the late Fountain Gallatin Callaway and Fannye Mary Chatoney Callaway and the husband of Bernice Naylor Callaway of the residence. They were married April 3, 1942. He was a Staff Sergeant in the US Army serving from August 28, 1942 to November 27, 1945 in North Africa and Italy during WW II. Mr. Callaway was a member of First United Methodist Church for over fifty years, a choir member and Sunday School Teacher. He graduated from Grenada High School, received a B.A. from the University of Mississippi and Master of Music from the University of Michigan. He taught at Duck Hill, MS, University of Mississippi, Lexington, KY, and was the Band Director for Elizabeth City High School from 1949 - 1969 and at Northeastern High School from 1970 - 1983 and volunteered with the Community Concert. He was inducted into the National Carolina Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame of Band Directors on November 9, 2008 in Winston-Salem, NC. He was a member of the NC Music Educators Association, NC Association of Educators, National Teachers Association, member of and served as President for two years of the Elizabeth City Music Club, member of and served two terms as President of the NC Retired School Personnel since 1983, member of and served two terms as President of the Elizabeth City Lions Club since 1950 and published the club's bulletin, "The Lion's Den", Honorary Member of River City Lions Club who presented him the Melvin Jones Fellow Award and Life Membership into Lions Club International Foundation in 1996, member of NC People with William Friday, member Arts of the Albemarle, longtime member of Museum of the Albemarle, former member of the Board of Directors of Albemarle Area Widowed Persons Service. He was presented The Order of The Long Leaf Pines by Gov. James B. Hunt in November 1995, and was presented life member of the NC Foundation. He received Recognition from the City of Elizabeth City by Mayor Jack Weeks in 1982 and Mayor Rick Gardner in 1985. Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons, Clark Naylor Callaway and wife, Debbie, of Beaufort, N.C., Scott Callaway, II, of Vancouver Island, Canada, and William "Bill" Fountain Callaway and wife, Melodye ,of Wanchese, N.C.; three sisters, Frances Wilson of Brandon, Miss., Lillie James of Huntsville, Ala., and Sue Ward of Grenada, Miss.; five grandchildren, Lillie Bernice Callaway and William "Buddy" Thomas Callaway both of Wanchese, N.C., Christopher Callaway and wife, Caroline, of Cincinnati, OH, Amber Keeter and Candi Keeter both of Beaufort, N.C.; two great grandsons, Ayden Callaway and Logan Callaway of Cincinnati, OH; sister-in-law, Barbara Callaway of McGee, Miss.; and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by a daughter, Joy Bernice Callaway; a sister Mary Callaway Bridges, and a brother, Charles Allison Callaway. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Frese officiating. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and at other times at the residence. Memorial donations may be made to a church or a charity of one's choice. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, N.C. is in charge of arrangements. You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.twifordfh.com.
Bernice Naylor Callaway (1918 - 2013)*
Joy Bernice Callaway (1953 - 1954)*
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: May 10, 2009
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