ELIZABETHTON — Henry D. Calloway Sr., 86, of Elizabethton, died on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at the James H. Quillen Veterans Administration Hospital, Mountain Home.
He was the son of the late James L. and Rossie B. Gregg Calloway and was born in Elizabethton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
Mr. Calloway was a United States Army Veteran, serving in the 45th Infantry Division. He was captured on his 19th birthday (February 17, 1944) in Italy by the German army and was sent along with other prisoners of war to Munich, Germany. During his imprisonment in Germany, while working in a coal and steel yard a train arrived and some guards held a rifle to Mr. Calloway and other prisoners while Hitler stepped off of the train. He was liberated by the U.S. Army on April 14, 1945.
Following the war, he worked at North American Rayon Corporation and retired after a 33-year career. He served on the Elizabethton-Carter County Veteran’s War Memorial Committee and was recognized for his participation in the dedication of the Elizabethton-Carter County Veteran’s Walk of Honor on November 10, 2007. Mr. Calloway was the last POW living in Carter County.
He was a member of Watauga Valley Free Will Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Lewis Calloway, of the home; six sons, Jimmy Calloway and wife, Nadine, Henry Dale Calloway Jr. and wife, Judy, Robert Calloway and wife, Judy, Danny Calloway and wife, Nancy, David Calloway and wife, Karen, all of Elizabethton, Jeffrey Calloway and wife, Linda, Unicoi; two daughters, Patricia Bryan and Tammy Hill and husband, Greg, all of Elizabethton; one sister, Mary Lou Bowers, Elizabethton; sixteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service will be conducted at 8:00 PM, Wednesday, October 26th, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Rev. Bill Greer and Rev. Jack Lloyd officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mrs. Leatha Grindstaff and Ted Puckett.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, prior to the service in the chapel and at the residence at other times.
The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 12 Noon on Thursday, October 27th, at the Caldwell Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with escort provided by the Rolling Thunder. Military honors to be accorded by the American Legion Post #49. Active pallbearers will be Mr. Calloway’s sons and sons-in-law. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Watauga Valley Free Will Baptist Church and Mr. Calloway’s neighbors. Everyone will meet at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton at 11:15 AM on Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Online Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax 423 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the family. Office 423 542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.