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 www.twifordfh.com.Print Obituary & Condolences