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The History of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home

Our Family Heritage

 

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory is the natural outgrowth of people putting action and commitment into a deep desire to help other people.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, a young railroad engineer in Palestine, Texas, was asked by the local “undertaker” to work for him in his free time. Son of a Minister, the young man had a compassionate nature and soon realized his inner need to assist friends at sad and stressful times. Convinced of his mission, he knew he wanted to dedicate his life. Thus was started the tradition of care and service that has continued for a century.

Eventually he was able to move his wife and growing family to Crockett , Texas , and in 1910 opened the first Callaway Funeral Home. Homer C. Callaway did not know he was laying the trail for future generations. As years passed, the family established several more funeral homes in other locations, including Houston.

Mr. Callaway and Sallye, his wife, were two of the earliest funeral directors in Texas to be licensed, and were advocates for requiring education and experience to practice the profession.

For a number of years, the family was known as the largest family of funeral directors in the state, having eight licensed and practicing members at one time. The last funeral home the group established opened in late 1952 in Bryan; a ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted in 1953. Selected location for the business is on South College Avenue , a major artery running between Bryan and College Station , Texas. Realizing a real need by the community for efficient, prompt ambulance service, the new business answered the call. They furnished up-to-date ambulances operated by trained personnel, and continued to do so until the population increased greatly and government service was warranted. Many citizens still thank the family for life-saving experiences.

Throughout the years, people in the Brazos Valley have shown their confidence in Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory, and know they will always be served by thoughtful, compassionate and trustworthy professionals. A dedicated support staff is led by Cody D. Jones, fifth generation funeral director and his mother, Lorene A. Jones, funeral director and CPA. They remain dedicated to their mission as a family-owned firm; to offer care and compassion to each person they serve, understanding the different needs of each one.
Our family wishes to pay tribute to the memories of two of their own, third-generation funeral director Raymond Callaway Jones, and fourth-generation funeral director Michael David “Mike” Jones. They both received sincere and abundant joy from knowing people. They loved their profession because they believed it gave them the opportunity to help others. They both loved their family and friends, and everyone was their friend. It is their spirit that inspires and leads everyone at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Crematory.

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979-822-3717 3001 South College Ave. | Bryan, TX 77801 | Fax: 979-822-3719 | Email: cjones@callawayjones.com