Curtis Callaway, 82, of Yulee passed away January 9, 2021, at UF Health Medical Center in Jacksonville.
Mr. Callaway was born in Davenport, IA, and moved to Yulee 40 years ago from South Haven, KS.
He retired from the U. S. Navy after serving 20 years active duty and 10 years with the Fleet Reserves as an E-8, Senior Chief Machinist Mate. While serving in the Navy he developed a procedure for determining thrust clearances on steam turbines. He was also a Vietnam Veteran serving with the Navy’s Swift Boats in the rivers of Vietnam.
Mr. Callaway was predeceased by his father, Joseph Callaway, who passed away in 1977; his mother Mildred Callaway, 1986; daughter, Zozet Cooper, 2018; and son, Jeffery Callaway, who passed away in 2009.
Survivors include two sons and daughters in law, Scott and Teresa Callaway of Conrad, MT, and Terry and Tammy Callaway of Yulee, FL; two daughters and sons in law, Dezarie and Flint Anderson of Orange Park, FL and Tina and Keith Birkholz of Milan, KS. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Mr. Callaway loved working on and restoring old cars, going to car shows and cheering for the Oklahoma (OU) football team. He also loved visiting with family and attending family events.
Memorial services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Friday, January 28, at Jacksonville National Cemetery with full military honors.