CALLAHAN, Janie M. (Williams)

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Funeral for Janie Mary Callahan, 72, of Lawton, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, at Barnett Chapel AME Church in Lawton with Michelle Moulden, pastor, officiating.

Mrs. Callahan died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004, after a lengthy illness.

Burial will be at Highland Cemetery under direction of Jefferson Funeral Home. A wake service will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

She was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Hammond, La., to Curtis and Neary Williams. She graduated from Greenville High School, Hammond, La., and Southern University, Baton Rouge, La. She moved to Lawton in 1956. She attended Oklahoma College for Women, Chickasha, and received her masters degree in education from the University of Oklahoma in the mid-1960's.


She married Archie S. Callahan Sr. on July 5, 1954, in Hammond, La. They later divorced.


She was a member of Barnett Chapel AME Church, where she served on the stewardess board, was a Sunday school superintendent, was a member of the layman organization, the usher board, and a tutoring program at the church. She was also Director of Christian Education at the church.


In addition to being a charter member of Phi Delta Kappa Inc., she was involved with the Center of Creative Living and American Association of University Women. She taught in Lawton public schools for over 30 years, including Dunbar Elementary, Howell Elementary and Garfield Elementary.

Survivors include two daughters: Cheryl Jones, Lawton; and Lynnette Callahan, Arlington, Texas; a brother, Curtis Williams, Hammond, La.; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Joe Williams and Steve Williams; and a son, Archie Callahan Jr.

Friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.