Edward Lorenzo Callahan, 81. A United States Army veteran, died on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.
He was kindhearted, with a deep laugh, and his stories would fill up the history books. He wore his hair parted, slacks creased, and had the right joke for every occasion.
He was born Nov.11,1937 in Pulaski, Virginia. Preceded in death by mother Edna Price Callahan Patterson, and father Lorenzo Callahan, and stepfather John Patterson, Jr., one son, Michael Callahan, sisters, Edna Callahan, Malinda Slaughter, Cynthia Marchbanks, Glory Callahan; brothers Pernell Callahan, Charles Callahan, and Ray Hamilton; brother-in-law Richard Slaughter.
At the age of 18 he went into the United States Army where he was later given an Award for Good Conduct as a Private First Class.
Edward enjoyed animals he worked at Animal hospitals until he retirement. He loved long morning strolls, porch swings, hanging out at Whole Foods Market, watching Jimmy Swagger on TV, and making friends with the whole neighborhood. In his later years, at the Bethesda Rehabilitation Center, he fell in love with acrylic painting and spent hours creating masterpieces to hang on the wall.
He affectionately called the ones he loved “buddies”. If you were a “buddy” you were tucked and cherished in his heart.
He is survived by: His long-time best friend & companion Carolyn Allen – Washington DC.
Daughter’s Veronica Callahan, Angela Callahan, Bonita Callahan, son: Edward L. Callahan Jr.;
children’s mother and wife, June Lee Callahan – all of Stamford, CT; daughter – Teresa Smith (Fred) Pearson – Pulaski, VA, 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Sister’s: Felecia (William) Matthews, Nancy Bell – Greensboro, N.C., Katherine Brown – Winston Salem, N.C.; brother, Leon (Virginia) Callahan – Winston-Salem, N.C.; nieces Donna Riggs – Baltimore, MD, Nadine Matthews of Austin, Texas, Debra (Herbert) Harper – Austin,TX, Tenisha and Sandra Marchbanks of Knoxville, TN., Renee Callahan – Stamford, Conn.; nephews William Matthews IV (Rebecca) of Austin, Texas, Pernell Callahan of Tenn. A host of cousins, friends and family.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday June 21, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, Magazine St. The family will receive friends one hour before service time at the church.
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Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family.