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James CALLIER Jr. Obituary
CALLIER, Jr., James Thomas "Jim" James Thomas "Jim" Callier, Jr., passed away on September 3, 2017, at home in Charlottesville, Va., after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Jim was born on March 5, 1935, in Atlanta, Ga., to James T. Callier, Sr., and Alice Turner. Jim was preceded in death by his brother Sterling Grimes Callier. Jim grew up in Buckhead, graduating from Northside High School, and remained a loyal member of the Buckhead Boys brotherhood. He attended Duke University and received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. He then attended Harvard Business School and graduated in 1958 with an M.B.A. After graduate school, Jim served in the Army for six months and then worked for Gulf Oil in Houston, Texas, and Caracas, Venezuela. After a stint in the oil business, Jim built a career in private equity. Jim was a very successful businessman and private investor. He was one of three founding partners of Wingate Partners, a private equity firm in Dallas, Texas. He was also a special limited partner and advisory director of Wingate II, which targets larger acquisitions, and advisory director of Wingate Ill. Callier's previous management involved turnarounds of publically held companies. Jim started and directed the Corporate Finance Department for two regional investment banking firms - First of Texas, Inc. and Lovett Mitchell Webb & Garrison, Inc. For two years, he was involved in real estate development in the Southeast with Union Capital Corporation of Atlanta. He also founded and was president of Flint Capital Corporation, a small venture capital pool. Additionally, he was a management consultant for McKinsey and Company, and opened McKinsey's Houston office. He was a man of many talents and interest. His life was full of adventures - scuba diving in the Caribbean, especially Little Cayman Island; rock climbing in North Carolina; white water rafting on the Talkeetna River; and fishing in Arkansas, Montana and Alaska; as well as llama trekking in Wyoming and New Mexico; bicycling and hiking trips through Napa Valley, Nova Scotia and Canadian provinces. Jim was a member of the Hegi Hawley hiking and biking trip group. He was also marathon runner and completed a total of 16 marathons, including the New York and Boston. Flying was another passion in Jim's life. He was president of Bellanca Aircraft in the mid-70s.While he enjoyed his adventurous pursuits, his true love was relaxing with family and friends in Highlands, N.C., with a glass of wine from his extensive collection. Jim was a lover of all music from country to opera. He served on the board of the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera. His many charitable contributions included serving as advisory director of the Special Olympics of Georgia and founding the Sterling G. Callier Memorial Fund for children with learning disabilities. After a busy and successful life in the corporate world, Jim retired in 2006 and relocated from Houston to Atlanta. In 2013, he and his wife Jean moved to Charlottesville, Va., where he lived until his passing. Jim is survived by his wife Jean Sims Callier of Orange, Va., and Atlanta, Ga.; as well as four children and three grandchildren: Sara Callier Steel of Orange County, Calif., and her daughters Lauren and Katie; Sterling Callier of Seattle, Wash.; Laura Callier of Los Angeles, Calif.; and David Callier of Houston, Texas, and his son Desmond. Jim was a beloved substitute father to his two nieces, Billye Callier Tezel and Alyson Callier Perry, of Houston, Texas, daughters of his brother Sterling. The Callier family thanks Hospice of the Piedmont and caregivers Tanya Rush, Diane Brown, Nedra Brown, O'Dell Franklin and Dana Frye for the loving care they provided for Jim in the last years of his life. A graveside service at Graham Cemetery in Orange, Va., and reception in Charlottesville will take place later this fall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to at P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 Condolences may be sent to the family at
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 10, 2017
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