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MR. O.K. MCCALLISTER, 87, of Huntington, W.Va., went to be with his Lord April 21, 2014. He was born on Four Mile in Branchland, W.Va., on September 6, 1926, a son of the late Okel Kerman McCallister and Lillie Charlotte Watson McCallister. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, being on the island of Okinawa, Japan, as the war ended. He was also a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He volunteered as a human test subject during the war, being stationed at the Naval Research Laboratory in the chemical warfare section at Anacostia, D.C. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was retired from Houdaille Industries with 33 years of service. He served there as a shop steward and a union time study steward. He operated the O K Electric Service for a number of years before becoming a maintenance contractor for the U.S. Army Corps for over 25 years at Beech Fork Lake and East Lynn Lake, and various other installations throughout the district. He was a member of the Highlawn Missionary Baptist Church where he served as an usher, deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was associated with the Sunday school ministry of the church for more than 40 years. He became the teacher of the Brothers Bible Class (senior men) upon the death of his beloved brother Elmo Patrick who founded the class. He was a lay minister and had the privilege of supplying the pulpits of many area churches in the absence of their regular pastors. As to theology, he was a five point Calvinist believing in total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace and the preservation of the saints. He believed salvation was of the Lord. Ephesians 2:8,9 states "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and not that of yourselves: It is the gift of God; not of works lest any man should boast". He believed redeemed mankind was responsible to the most high God and their savior showing gratitude for the grace bestowed on them by living obedient lives and following the instructions found in the scriptures, loving one another, promoting the fellowship of the church, proclaiming the gospel of Christ, having a genuine burden for the lost, extending the general call to all mankind and inviting them to come to know Christ, in whom to know is to be in possession of eternal life. The bible states that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God and that his word will never return unto him void, but it shall accomplish that which he pleases. He believed it was up to the work of the blessed Holy Spirit to extend The Effectual Call to whom God had chosen back in the council chamber of eternity. The bible states, writing to the church of the Ephesians 1:4,5, according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, according to THE GOOD PLEASURE OF HIS WILL. To God be all the glory! Mr. McCallister was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Norma Jean Billiu McCallister, by two sisters Jerry McComas of Huntington, and Jean Stewart of Hagerstown, Maryland, and a brother Harold Billy McCallister of Huntington. O.K. and his brother often preformed electric work together as they were both licensed master electricians. Survivors include two daughters, Vickie Messinger and husband Mike, Rebecca Linkous and husband Carl "Moe" Linkous, and one son, Mark McCallister, all of Huntington. He is also survived by five grandchildren whom he dearly loved, Lyn Messinger Hill of Singapore, Joce Michael Messinger of Charleston S.C., Carly Rebecca Taylor of Nashville, Tenn., Jake "Jacob" Linkous of Nashville, Tenn., and Haley "Belle" Wingrove of Huntington. He was also blessed by nine great-grandchildren, Vivienne, Julian and Silas Hill of Singapore, Violet, Maxwell and Genevieve Messinger of Charleston S.C., Brynn and Jude Taylor of Nashville, Tenn., and Sophie Wingrove of Huntington. Viewing will be held at Beard Mortuary Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Service will be held at Beard Mortuary at 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, with Dr. Michael Queen, followed by entombment at White Chapel Mausoleum. Online condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.beardmortuary.com.
Published in The Herald-Dispatch on Apr. 24, 2014
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