Bobbye Lou Johnson Callaway, 82, of Lampasas, died Sept. 13, 2019.
Service will be held Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Allan officiating. Burial will be Sept. 19 at Guiceland Cemetery in Grapeland at 1 p.m.
Bobbye Lou was born on Nov. 6, 1936 in Center, Texas, to J.W. Johnson and Lucille (Watson) Johnson. She grew up in East Texas and Austin, and went to Humble High School until Smiley High School was built her senior year.
While in high school she played basketball, was in the choral club, the dramatics club, the Spanish club, the pep squad, FHA and was senior class secretary. She graduated from Smiley High School in 1955.
After high school, she attended Southwest Texas State Teacher’s College. After one semester, she went home and began dating high school classmate Roy Callaway, who proposed at the Princess Diner in East Houston. On Oct. 12, 1956, they were married.
Bobbye and Roy attended church regularly and left a little Baptist church with Rev. John Osteen to found a new church they called Lakewood.
While raising three children, Bobbye attended Sam Houston State University, where she received a degree in secondary education in English and history. She became a fourth-generation Texas teacher and dedicated her knowledge and love of English to many students. She was named Humble High School’s Teacher of the Year and was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers two years.
God was first in her life, and she raised her children the same way. She loved her family and never missed her children’s performances or sporting events.
After 20 years in Humble ISD, Bobbye retired in 1998. In 1999, Roy and Bobbye moved to Lampasas, where they built a home and began attending First United Methodist Church. She came out of retirement and began teaching English at Copperas Cove High School. She enjoyed another five years before again retiring and focusing on traveling with Roy and enjoying her grandchildren.
Bobbye Lou was preceded in death by her brother Jerry Davis and sistersin-law Mary Matkin and Barbara Davis.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Roy Callaway; her children Jeri and Jody Hudson, Doug and Diane Callaway, and Scott and Debra Callaway; grandchildren Jacob, Jera and Joshua Hudson, and Colin and Brooke Callaway; her brothers and sisters Ted Matkin, Max Davis (Linda), Judy Reagor (Billy), Brenda Tyler Davis, Judy Weaver (Ted) and Cindy Barkley (Toot); and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.
Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church in Lampasas.