Howard H. "Bo" Callaway
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Howard H. "Bo"
April 2, 1927 -
March 15, 2014
Columbus, GA- Howard H. "Bo" Callaway, age 86, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Spring Harbor Assisted Living in Columbus.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Pine Mountain, GA.; the Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. after the visitation. On Wednesday, March 19, a funeral mass will be at noon also at Christ the King Catholic Church. Father John A. Madden will officiate. A private interment will follow.
Mr. Callaway, son of Cason Jewell and Virginia Hand Callaway was born in LaGrange, Ga., on April 2, 1927. A second generation Harris County, Ga., citizen, Mr. Callaway lived in many places during his lifetime but always loved his Harris County heritage. His early education was in the Harris County School System, where he met his beloved Laura Elizabeth "Beth" Walton in the sixth grade at Hamilton Grade School. They married on June 11, 1949.
He attended Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
After a distinguished military career, which included time serving as a platoon leader in Korea, Mr. Callaway returned to Pine Mountain, Ga. to assist his parents with the creation of Callaway Gardens. This 6,500 acre woodland garden, which features gardens, resort amenities, a preserve and a community, is owned and operated by the 501c3 Ida Cason Callaway Foundation™ (ICCF) and is dedicated to environmental education and land stewardship. He served in leadership positions at the Gardens from 1953 through 2003, at which time he became chairman emeritus.
Intertwined within his life's work at the Gardens, he set his sights on a political career which included a seat in the U. S. House of Representatives for Georgia's 3rd congressional district, which made him the first Republican elected from Georgia since the Reconstruction era. He later was defeated in the highly contested 1966 run for Georgia Governor in a three-way run-off situation. Had he won, he would have been the first Republican Governor in Georgia since 1872.
He later served in positions such as director of Freedoms Foundation, a Georgia Republican national committeeman, Richard Nixon's southern coordinator during the 1968 presidential campaign, Secretary of Army under Presidents Nixon and Ford during which time he was instrumental in the post-Vietnam transition from the draft to the all-volunteer army, and served as campaign manager for Ford's 1976 election. The Callaways owned Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado from 1970 until 2004. During their time in Colorado, Mr. Callaway was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for the U. S. Senate. From 1981 to 1987, he served as the chairman for the Colorado Republican Party and was head of the political action committee GOPAC.
In addition to his political, military, and professional accomplishments, he served in a multitude of positions related to citizenship, politics, education and various industries. He was particularly proud to be part of the Young Presidents' Organization and Rotary.
In addition to his love for Callaway Gardens, Mr. Callaway had multiple interests. He was a rabid baseball fan to the point he created a program for talented yet economically-challenged baseball players, Opportunities Through Baseball, which was later acquired by Major League Baseball, and started a summer collegiate baseball woodbat team, the Woodbats. His passion for nature and the Crested Butte area led him to re-establish the threatened Clinton Cutthroat Trout. His boat, the O Be Joyful, was a favorite pastime and one that he relished sharing with his family.
He shared all of these amazing accomplishments with his beloved wife by his side. Interestingly, both had earned their private pilots license.
Mr. Callaway was preceded in death by his wife Laura Elizabeth "Beth" Walton Callaway, his brother Cason J. Callaway Jr. and his brother-in-law Ralph Walton. He is survived by his five children; Elizabeth "Betsy" Callaway Considine (Terry) of Denver, Colo.; Howard H. "Bo" Callaway Jr. (Allyn) of Bristol, Va.; Edward C. Callaway (Lynn) of Hamilton, Ga.; Virginia Callaway Martin (Roger) of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and Ralph W. Callaway (Camilla) of Columbus, Ga.; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren with three on the way; and sisters-in-law, Nancy H. Callaway and Martha P. Walton, both of Hamilton, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made to the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation™, c/o Callaway Gardens, P.O. Box 2000, Pine Mountain, Ga. 31822.
In celebration of Mr. Callaway's life, a memorial organ concert will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga.. Admission will be complimentary.
Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 4071 Macon Rd, Columbus, Ga. 31907, (706) 563-2372. Condolences may be expressed at

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Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Mar. 17, 2014.
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April 3, 2014
May the peace of our Lord be with all of you during this time.
L. Koot-member CFAssoc.
March 31, 2014
So sorry you lost your loved one.
March 27, 2014
Our sincere sympathies in the passing of Mr. Bo Callaway. I sat behind him at my high school graduation in 1960 and felt very proud to have him speak to our class. We will truly miss you.
Martha Allen
March 22, 2014
Isaiah 24:15 gives us a hope during this difficult time. My sincere condolences.

March 19, 2014
Teeny and I wish to express our sincere condolences to all the family on Bo's passing. We considered Bo and Beth dear friends. While we did not meet often, we enjoyed our visits, whether in Colorado, Pine Mountain, or Buckhead. Bo was a well-respected public leader at both national and state levels. He was probably the main reason I was appoionted to the Federal bench. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Bill and Teeny O'Kelley
March 19, 2014
Calloway Gardens, as we knew in, Ida Casons in the 60's was a great place for Families to come from all of Middle Ga. It is with great hope the legacy that Grandfather and Father created will be there for many more generations to enjoy. All of Georgia has enjoyed the Gardens and send sympathies to the Callaway Family.
March 19, 2014
With Heartfelt Sadness and Sympathy.
Bo was a thoughtful, tolerant and generous person who garnered high respect from all who know him. My continuing gratitude and remembrance for his personal counsel and support remain forever.
Dickie Fogal
March 19, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
James A. Hines, III
March 18, 2014
My condolences go out to the entire family may you find comfort in The God of comfort
D.P (Georgia)
March 18, 2014
With deepest sympathy to the family.
March 18, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bo was a leader I'll never forget. May God bless you all.
Gene and Darlene Dycus
March 18, 2014
Offering my deepest condolences to the Callaway family, may God grant you strength and courage as you face the coming days.
March 18, 2014
My deepest sympathy to all the Callaway family. Bo was truly a great man I admired deeply. I volunteered for his campaign before I was old enough to vote. I still have my GO BO button. You are in my prayers. Remember, love never dies so his love with be with you always.
Bob Gibeling
March 17, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Yolanda Williams-Archibald
March 17, 2014
A truly great person! I have known him from YPO days to his many acts of leadership in the Republican party....but mostly his Kindness to all, the rich and poor, the famous and the just everyday people. God Bless Him!
Amb. Peter Dailey
March 17, 2014
We are praying for you all during this season of your life. Cherish the memories :)
Randy Worrell
March 17, 2014
Steve Moore
March 17, 2014
With my sympathy to the family. Patti Amos
March 17, 2014
Bo indeed provided the impetus that led to Georgia becoming a Red State. I still remember how disappointed I was when, as President of the Fulton County Young Republican Club in 1966, our efforts and that of others wanting to move Georgia into modern times through a Callaway Governorship were frustrated. But he took it in his gentlemanly fashion without bitterness and established the beginnings of a coalition that ultimately was successful, albeit for others. My condolences to the family. "Go Bo!"
Oscar Persons
March 17, 2014
To Betsy, Howard, Edward, Virginia, and Ralph. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief. Not only was your father a great man but a wonderful daddy. I will never forget my time with you when he was running for Governor. You all were always more important to him than anything else.I was blessed to have known each of you and seen this much family meant to your parents. God bless you all !! You have always been in my prayers and wil continue to be! I love all! Maxine
Maxine DAY REEVES Mauldin
March 17, 2014
I am truly sorrow to hear about "Bo" He leave many to mourn his death. The scripture at Psalm 90:10 prove true in his case that he lived those mighty years. May the family find peace at this time.
B. White
March 17, 2014
Offering my deepest sympathy to the Callaway family. May God grant you strength and courage to sustain in this time of grief.
March 17, 2014
Jimand Annie Harrison send their condolences to the family.
March 17, 2014
I remember Mr. Callaway visiting our home in Vidalia, GA to assist in the development of my Mother's GOP campaign for Mayor of Vidalia in the late 60's. He was and remained a great model for all conservatives.
Brent Stockdale
March 17, 2014
May the God of comfort be with you during this difficult time.
2 Cor.1:2,3
March 16, 2014
Beth and Bo Callaway were important to Harris County where I grew up. They were good citizens and family friends. Bo's leadership was outstanding in Callaway Gardens and other civic endeavors. My sympathy goes to his family.
Sally Curtis AsKew
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