Lamar Callaway, lifelong resident of Newton County, passed away March 3, 2017 at the age of 98. A World War II veteran, he proudly served his country for four years in the United States Army, landing in Omaha and Utah beaches and assisting in the Invasion of Normandy on D-Day. During his military service, Lieutenant Callaway earned numerous military decorations that included the American Theatre Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Service Medal. Following his prestigious service, he was a dedicated employee of the U.S. Post Office for 37 years, before his retirement in 1979. While there, he served as Postmaster from 1965-1979. Mr. Callaway was a very active member of First Baptist Church of Covington. In addition to teaching Sunday School, he was a member of the “Zoo Crew,” whose duties included maintaining the church grounds. A true servant at heart, Mr. Callaway devoted 50 years of unwavering support to the Kiwanis Club of Covington – even serving as treasurer during his time. Additionally, he served as Scout Master for Boy Scouts Troop 222. He had a true passion for gardening and loved his involvement with both the Rose Society and Gardening Clubs of Covington. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lucy Callaway; parents John Lamar, Sr., and Bessie (Ezell) Callaway; and his baby sister Mary Douglas Callaway.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Catharine and Mike Signman, of Covington; sons and daughters-in-law, John Lamar, III, and Sara Callaway of Manassas, Virginia, and Roy Ezell and Mary Ann Callaway, of Rincon; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A graveside service with military honors was held March 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Covington City Cemetery with Dr. Robert L. Faulker officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, Attention: Development Division, PO Box 1000 Stockbridge, GA 30281.