Bernice Callaway

Bernice Callaway

Bernice Naylor Callaway, age 95, of the 1300 block of Horner Street, Elizabeth City, NC died Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Carolina House.  Mrs. Callaway was born in Egypt, Mississippi and was the daughter of the late William Virgil Naylor and Hazel Ogg Naylor of Lexington, KY, and the widow of Scott C. Callaway.  They were married April 3, 1942 in Lexington, KY and moved to Elizabeth City in 1948.  Mrs. Callaway was a member of First United Methodist Church for over fifty years, the United Methodist Women, a Sunday School Teacher in the Children’s Department and member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class.  Mrs. Callaway graduated from Consolidated High School in Egypt, MS and Grenada Methodist Junior College in Grenada, MS, received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky and her M.A. from the University of Mississippi.  She taught in the Lexington, KY, public schools, University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, and retired as an elementary school teacher from the Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Schools.  Most every year of teaching she taught a unit built around the circus.  She was a member of the North Carolina Retired Teachers Association, National Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Museum of the Albemarle, Arts of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City Music Club, and Elizabeth City Lion’s Club.  She was always a faithful supporter of the Elizabeth City Band and Northeastern High School Band where her husband was the director for forty-three years.  The family would like to express their gratitude to her many many friends who have given so selflessly over the years  and to the bonds created that have made Elizabeth City a community that our family has been so proud to be a part of.

She is survived by three sons, Clark Naylor Callaway and wife Debbie of Beaufort, NC, Scott Chatoney Callaway, II, of Vancouver Island, Canada, and William Fountain Callaway and wife Melodye of Wanchese, NC; a brother, Reuben E. Naylor and wife Edna; and a sister-in-law, Avis Naylor all of Lexington, KY; five grandchildren, Lillie Bernice Callaway and William “Buddy” Thomas Callaway both of Wanchese, NC, Christopher Callaway and wife Caroline of Cincinnati, OH, Amber Reels and Candi Keeter both of Beaufort, NC; six great grandchildren, Ayden, Logan, Saniah, Jeremy, Payton, and Jade; and several nieces and nephews.  She was pre-deceased by a daughter, Joy Bernice Callaway and a brother William V. Naylor, Jr.

Funeral services will be Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles McKenzie officiating.  Burial will be at West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday.  Memorial donations may be made to a church or charity of one’s choice.  Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is in charge of arrangements.  You may express condolences to the family by visiting

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  1. Pat Tillett McMahon

    Mrs. Callaway was such a sweet person. She was one of my favorite teachers and friends, along with Mr. Callaway, long time band director of ECHS and then NHS.

    As a teacher, I used some of the ideas that I learned from Mrs. Callaway in my classes. One of my favorite memories was my being in the band and a majorette in Mrs. Callaway’s circus and then a band member and majorette in the ECHS Band.

    She will be greatly missed! However, it is comforting to know she is in heaven with our Heavenly Father, and she is once again with Mr. Callaway and others of her family that have gone on before, like her daughter, Joy.

    God bless and comfort all of her family!

  2. Mary Ann Aydlett

    My deepest condolences to all of you in this time of sorrow. Mrs. Callaway was my 2nd grade teacher. There are many fond memories from that year. One of the best I have is the circus! And it still lives on at J.C. Sawyer Elementary School!! The world has lost one of the sweetest people I have ever known, but Heaven has gained another angle.

  3. Bess Ward

    To the Callaway Family,

    I met her in 2003, in E.City,N.C. ,as they were leaving for MS. soon after and I was home from MS. for a visit .

    Very pleasant & kind lady and it was my pleasure to meet her at that time..

    She was a very good of my Aunt Sawyer’s & Davis..

    My thought’s and prayer’s are with all of you now..


    Bess Ward

  4. Jim and Patricia Britt

    To the Callaway Family,
    Heaven has gained a new angel. I will miss my dear sweet friend.

  5. Mike Hawkins

    Mrs. Callaway was my second grade teacher as well and I remember being disappointed when my family moved from the JC Sawyer district to the Central district in the middle of second grade and I didn’t get to be in the circus. Mrs. Callaway invited me back to watch my class perform. She was a GREAT supporter of the band as well and we always looked forward to her banners waiting for us in the side of the band room upon return of long trips. Mrs. Callaway deserves a final “Bow” for a great and outstanding life of service to our community! Thanks Mrs. C for all you ever did for me!!!

  6. Dorothy Ryan-Bland

    I am so upset to hear of Mrs Calloway’s passing. She was my 3rd grade teacher, my neighbor for just about my whole life, and a wonderful lady. She was always a pleasure to see and talk to. Anyone who knew her can consider themselves lucky! She will be greatly missed. My thoughts & prayers go out to the family.

  7. Edward York

    I was saddened to hear of Mrs. Callaway’s passing. I was fortunate enough to visit with her and her son this past February. She was a sweet woman. I know she is in a better place, so I’m sending heartfelt condolences to family and friends.

  8. Martha Pearce Cain

    Mrs. Callaway may not have been the teacher of record for the EC/NHS band members, but her influence has and will stay with us. She was a wonderful example for us to follow. I am praying for all of you that God will give you His comfort.

  9. Sylvia Swain Meads

    Mrs. Callaway was such a wonderful person. So sweet, kind and giving. She will be greatly missed. Heaven has another wonderful angel.

  10. Helen Forbes Midgett

    I was so shocked to hear of her passing. My daughters didn’t go to J C Sawyer, I met her through my oldest daughter joining the band in 7th grade. She and Mr. Callaway were like family to my daughters, especially after their father passed away in October of 1970. She was such a sweet and caring person, and heaven is lucky to have her there with Mr. C.

    Helen Jennings Midgett and daughters,
    Bonni Jennings Henderson (Class of 1976)
    Cindi J Marshall (Class of 1981)

  11. Lucy Gooding Johnson

    I was saddened to hear about the passing of Mrs. Callaway, one of the most caring individuals I’ve ever met.

    I had the fortunate experience to know her through both church and being in the band as a clarinet player and majorette. I’ll always remember her for her devotion and support to her husband, Mr. C., her children, students, and friends. What an inspiration she was to all who knew her!

  12. Anne Gard Bates

    I was so blessed to have Mrs. Callaway for my third grade teacher. She instilled confidence in me. Every day in her class was exciting and fun. She showed me the joy of learning.
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. She will be missed.

  13. Carolyn Sawyer Crowley

    I just want you to know how very much you Mother meant to may mother who died a year ago (August 28, 2012). The two of them worked together at United Methodiat Women and had so much regard for one another always. She was there for me when I was in the band, and I became so much closer to her when she and Mom shared more time later in their church work. She is truly an angel and I believe that the two of them will be blessed and see each other again. She was such a loving,wonderful Christian. I’ll never forget her.

  14. Bobbi White

    I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Callaway’s passing. I have known who she was since the second grade at JC Sawyer but I got to know and love her and Mr. Callaway through the Parks and Recreation Senior Citizen’s Club. They were good and faithful members for many years. We will miss her greatly, but I know Mr. Callaway is glad to have her by his side once again. They were truly a wonderful and inspirational couple. Heaven has gained another angel and the stars will glow a little brighter.

  15. Nicole Fitzgerald

    I am literally crying over this loss. I was a student in her second grade class at JC Sawyer Elementary School in Elizabeth City. I live in Florida now, but still think of Mrs. Calloway occasionally. She was an absolute inspiration and genuinely kind. She took the time to write me a small note before I moved to Florida, telling me I could be anything I wanted to be, etc. Coincidentally, I became a teacher to the special needs population. I sincerely wish I could attend her funeral. She is, as always, in my thoughts and heart.

    With love,
    Nicole Fitzgerald

  16. Nicole Fitzgerald

    *Mrs. Callaway* Sorry for my offensive error. It was an error that deserved to be corrected.

  17. Darroll Ann Midgette

    I will miss seeing Mrs. Callaway at First United Methodist Church. She was such a sweet lady. Although I can’t be at the funeral tomorrow due to family concerns, my prayers go to her family and many other friends.

  18. Sarah Harrell Lane

    I will always remember Mrs. Calloway as one of the sweetest teachers I had in school. Your mother was there for her love of teaching and for the love of the students. I have such fond memories of second grade and the circus. Your mom always found the best in each student and accented it. Your mom was a great support of ECHS and NHS band and they have lost another great member.

  19. Betty Jo Sutherland

    Mrs. Callaway was a wonderful lady who will now be with Mr. Callaway. After such a long and rewarding life, there is much joy in memories, sorrow for those left behind, and a time to celebrate her true Christian goodness. My sincere sympathies to the families. I will treasure my memories from my band years with Mr. and Mrs. Callaway, the happiest and most important part of my growing-up years. I still teach music! (ECHS 1962 Betty Jo Rathner Sutherland)

  20. Sandra & Weston McPherson

    Our thoughts and prayers to all of you at this time. Mrs. Callaway was my second grade teacher and a Sunday school teacher as well @FUMC.May you all as a family treasure the wonderful memories of your Mom . They will comfort you in many ways in the days to come.

  21. Jacqueline. G. Gregory

    I was Mrs. Callaway’s first Teacher Assistant. She was a very caring Teacher. I became a teacher after working with Mrs. Callaway.My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  22. Deborah Hurdle Cherry

    When I started at JC Sawyer as librarian, Mrs. Callaway’s room was next door. She was a wonderful teacher to work with. I will always cherish the memories I have of her and Mildred Layden working together at Sawyer. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. Claudia Twiford

    Mrs. Callaway, with her sweet, loving, thoughtful ways will be dearly missed by her church, family and friends. May God be with you during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  24. Susan Haskett Parker

    Elizabeth City had the best schools in the world when Mr. and Mrs. Calloway were working their magic there. There never was a nicer lady or a better teacher than Mrs. Calloway.

  25. David and Jane Harris

    Clark, Chat and Bill,
    We are sorry that we could not attend the funeral for your mother. Mrs. Callaway was a truly wonderful lady. Her concern and interest in others through her teaching, church and friends was always evident. We will always remember her smile. Having her and your family as neighbors was a great experience. Over time may those may wonderful memories ease the pain of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    David and Jane Harris

  26. David Harris

    Clark, Chat and Bill –
    My mother was not able to attend the funeral but wanted me to express her sadness and sympathy to you. She is now in Winslow Memorial Home and physically not able to go out. Mother always thought the world of Mrs. Callaway as a friend and neighbor. They shared many minutes talking at the back yard fence over the years. Please know that Mother is thinking of you and has you in her prayers.
    David Harris

  27. Bob Ralph

    Mrs. Callaway was my second grade teacher back in 1955 I was like a gost in her call i was there for a mounth and gone for two mouths and back one later then never come back until i got in touch with her fity years later. I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Callaway’s passing. I have known who she was since the sl sheep school. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you at this time

  28. Pat

    So sorry to hear of Mrs. Calloway’s passing…..I certainly remember her from my years in the E.City Band and always “trick or treating” at the Calloway home. Mr. Calloway was a presence in my life as well. My brother Bill, who recently passed, and sister Joan also thought so highly of the Calloway family. My thoughts are with all of you.
    Pat Winslow Hargadon

  29. fred reel

    Dear Clark, Chat, and Bill.
    I am so sad about your Mothers passing. I admired her a lot. She will forever be in my heart.
    May God’s blessings and healing be upon you all.
    Fred Reel

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