May 14, 1943May 13, 2020

Reva Joyce Callahan, aged 76 passed away on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020. She was born on May 14, 1943 to Eubert and Maxie Phelps in Gilpin, KY. Reva went on to receive her Master’s Degree and was an educator in the school system for over 40 years before her retirement from the Whitfield County school system.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald Thomas Callahan; son, Michael Thomas Callahan; four brothers, Ralph Phelps, Donnie E. Phelps formerly of Somerset, KY, Arvine Phelps and Larry E. Phelps formerly of Dalton, GA; three sisters, Lois Ann McDonald formerly of Liberty, KY, Mary Louise Sharpe formerly of Somerset, KY and infant Opal Phelps.

Reva leaves behind to cherish her precious memories are grandson, Dayton Thomas Callahan and his mother Alese Maples both of Chattanooga; brother, Jackie L. (Katherine) Phelps of Oneonta, AL; sister, Victoria (David) Peters; niece, April Wilson; nephew, Steven (Elaine) Sharpe all of Somerset, KY; a host of other special nieces and nephews who were very close to her heart; other relatives and dear friends.

Memorial Services will be announced at a later date.

Interment in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services Franklin -Strickland Chapel, 1724 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN, 37404, 423-265-4414. Please visit our website to share your memories:


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J. Pat Williams

May 21, 2020

What a sweet lady we have lost with the passing of Reva. I met Reva at St. Marks UMC several years ago and became immediate friends with her. About a year later I learned that we were both Somerset, KY people and that was just another bond. Reva was a servant and loved her friends. She was always ready to help others any way should could. I was honored that she called me several times to visit friends who were in the hospital so I could pray with them.

Reva, you were a one of a kind with a pure heart of a servant and lover of others. You will be missed here but I know you are now having the time of your life, your eternal life.

Ellen Neal

May 15, 2020

Reva has been my friend since about 1970, but then she was friends with everyone she knew. She was special to her students, their parents, her Alpha Upsilon Sisters, her travel buddies, her Dalton State College colleagues and Whitfield County teachers and staff. She always made time for her friends and believed that family was very important. In 1972, she attended my wedding, and the next year I went to hers at Trinity Methodist. I went to a Derby Party at her apartment at the Georgians. She and her roommate, Darlene, were wonderful hostesses. This Kentucky "girl" meant so much to so many. She leaves a huge hole in our hearts.


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