October 11, 1932 ~ September 9, 2020

Born in: Rockdale, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Homer Callaway died on September 9, 2020, surrounded by his wife and children.  He was 87 years old.  Per his wishes, there will be no public funeral or memorial service.

Homer was deeply loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.   He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jennie Welch Callaway, his son, Robert Clay Callaway and wife Kim Folterman Callaway, daughter, Sally Callaway McAninch and husband Edwin McAninch, and son Travis Welch Callaway and wife Kerry Newman Callaway. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jonathan Callaway, Natalie McAninch, William McAninch, and Mack Callaway, and his faithful canine, Boudreaux.

Homer was born on October 11, 1932, in Rockdale, Texas, the only child of Luther Homer Callaway and Betty Sanders Callaway.  He was born during the Great Depression and moved frequently as his parents sought work.  Even as a young child, Homer worked alongside his parents during the summers, picking crops including cotton and doing other farm labor to help make ends meet.  During his middle school years, the family eventually settled in Bryan where Homer attended public schools.  As a young teen, he developed a love for golf while working after school and weekends at the Bryan Municipal Golf Course.  In 1950, Homer graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School, enrolled in Texas A&M University, and joined the Corp of Cadets.  He was a member and Team Captain of the Texas A&M Golf Team, lettering all four years.  After graduating from Texas A&M in 1955 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army and stationed in Washington D.C.  At the end of his service in the Army, Homer returned to Bryan where he and his father founded Callaway Lumber Company in 1959.  Homer eventually took over the lumber business from his father and made it a successful business which is still in operation today, over 61 years later.  As a child of the Depression, he was very frugal, saving all he could in order to buy land and start a second business in cattle ranching.  His ranching endeavor began humbly, as he did, with the purchase of fifty acres of land in Robertson County, Texas.  Over time, he purchased contiguous parcels as he could afford to do so.  By the time he retired from the lumber business, Homer’s ranch lands included thousands of acres and oil and gas interests.  His ranches were his pride and joy.  After he retired, Homer devoted himself full-time to cattle ranching.  He was constantly working and improving his land, building roads, dams, ponds, improving pastures and tending to his cattle.  Homer added diversity to the ranch by adding exotic animals including herds of elk, Axis, Sika, and Fallow deer, Blackbuck, Addax, and Scimitar Horned Oryx, all of which he loved to admire and was very proud.  Homer was a long-time member of the Texas Cattlemen’s Association and also served on the Board of Directors of First National Bank of Bryan for many years.  He was a generous contributor to the Brazos County Youth Livestock show, a proud member of the Class of ’55, and a member of the Texas A&M Letterman’s Association.

Homer loved hunting and fishing and greatly enjoyed his travels with friends to destinations such as Uruguay, Argentina, British Columbia, Alaska, Mexico, and the Rocky Mountains.  He loved watching and feeding ducks, bald eagles, deer, geese, and other animals at the ranch.  He loved God’s creatures, the beauty of God’s creation, and the great outdoors.  He loved his cattle and loved his dogs.  He was a voracious reader and student of history, especially the history of the American Civil War.  He loved watching Texas A&M sports throughout the years, but Texas Aggie Football and women’s basketball were closest to his heart.  He rarely missed watching a game.  He lived by the Aggie Code of Honor.  His integrity and honesty were beyond reproach.  He epitomized a strong work ethic, spending the weekdays working at his lumber business and the evenings and weekends working at his ranch.  His was a remarkable journey, paved with perseverance and hard work, which allowed him to rise from humble origins to achieving all of his goals and success in his business pursuits.  He was fortunate to have lived the exact life he always idealized.

The family would like to publicly express their profound gratitude to Homer’s beloved caregivers, including Annie Walden, Rubbie Young, and Ruby Caldwell, whose selfless efforts and devotion ensured that all of his needs were perfectly met and that his care was exceptional during his last year.

Homer often shared his belief that “the worst person in the world is one who would mistreat an animal.”  Most of his dogs, including Victoria, Moose, and Boudreaux, were rescue dogs which came to him after being starved and/or abused.  They were quickly fattened up, spoiled and loved unconditionally, and became constant companions who traveled with him each day to the ranch.  In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute in Homer’s memory to his favorite dog rescue group, the Urgent Animals of Hearne, c/o Robertson County Veterinary Services, 3206 South State Hwy 6, Hearne, Texas 77859, phone 979-279-9201.

 “Yes when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease, Amazing grace shall then prevail, in heaven’s joy and peace”(from Amazing Grace).  To our dear husband and father:  “There will always be a heartache, and often a silent tear, But always a precious memory Of the days when you were here…  We hold you close in our hearts and there you will remain, to walk with us throughout our lives, until we meet again.”  We love you so much, rest in peace.

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  1. RIP Homer. God Bless you and the family.
    I enjoyed our times together back in the Butler Building Products days. Always had fun with you.

  2. I well remember Mr. Callaway from First National Bank’s Christmas banquet. I would attend with my late grandfather, August Lee Nowak. My prayers go to his family and the many lives he touched (no matter how many legs they had). The world needs more people like Mr. Callaway.

  3. Jennie and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Homer’s passing. I always enjoyed visiting with him on board days at First National Bank. He was good man.

    Denise Lister

  4. Dear Calloway Family. I remember all the times, coming home from BRYAN High, and I would see Homer backing down the driveway in his truck, with his dogs, on his way to feeding his cows. He loved his animals and his family so much..Jenny, I will keep you in my prayers. Clay and Travis keep Lumber Yard Tech growing. So many people have told me, through the years, you need any lumber, Calloway Lumber the hometown lumberyard will treat you the best. Sally your love of animals came from your Daddy. Love and hugs to your family.

  5. What a beautiful life! May you be comforted by your wonderful memories of him. Our condolences, Zachary, Mindy & Yassin

  6. I am so so very sorry for your family. I want to thank you and your Dad for loving the furry babies as much as we do. I am deeply humbled that you choose Urgent Animals of Hearne as his favorite animal rescue. Thank you as well Sally for all you do. So very humbled. We will try to carry on with him in our hearts as we go forward trying to give them better than they have. Deb. (Debbie Fatheree) Urgent Animals of Hearne.

  7. Clay and family, we are sorry for y’all’s loss. Y’all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Robin & Bobby Penicka

  8. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Homer Callaway from John and Jo Lastor. John thought very highly of Mr. Homer and considered it an honor to be called one of his friends.

  9. Our Deepest Sympathy To The Family… We Always enjoyed visiting with him when he would come to our aucrtions..

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