Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine ST, Columbia, SC


Jeannine Karen Callahan

December 11, 1956May 1, 2020

December 11, 1956 – May 18, 2020

COLUMBIA – Jeannine “Jeanne” Karen Callahan, 63, passed away peacefully, on Monday, May 18, 2020 after a brief illness. Graveside services will be held in Elmwood Cemetery on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.

She was predeceased by her parents Charles “Chuck” Herman Callahan and Jeannine Hopkins Callahan as well as her sister, Paula Callahan Odom. She is survived by her brothers, William “Bill” O. Callahan, III and Charles L. “Len” Callahan; niece, Nickie Callahan Powell (Chris); great-niece and great-nephews, Lucas, Scarlett, and Beckham; cousin, T Hampton Hopkins (Olivia) and their children, Sam and Meg.

She was a member of St Timothy’s Episcopal Church.

Jeanne lived her entire life in Forest Acres where she attended Bradley Elementary, Crayton Middle School and graduated from AC Flora High School in 1975. She then attended Presbyterian College and graduated in 1979 with a degree in Accounting. She spent her entire professional career of 32 years working for the State at: SC Jobs Economic Development Authority, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, and the USC Athletic Department where she spent 28 years as the Account Manager. Jeanne was a devoted Gamecock fan and loved her years working at USC.

Jeanne will best be remembered by family and friends for her devotion to elderly relatives most particularly to her mother. Upon retiring from USC, she was a constant caregiver for her mother until her death in 2017. Jeanne always displayed compassion and dedication that was admired by many.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


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    Saturday, May 23, 2020


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Cindy Grothman

May 31, 2020

Jeanne & I met early in our Freshman year at Presbyterian College in 1975 - I was looking for a ride to Columbia to visit relatives & someone told me to check with Jeanne . . . little did I know at the time, that was the beginning of a life-long friendship . . . we were "roomies" Junior & Senior years at PC, enjoying life as college students. . . Even though we've been physically distanced by many miles since our college days, I have appreciated our continued friendship through the years, always picking up where we left off. Thank you for being my dear friend . . . so many memories together, through the good & hard times of life . . . I will miss our long phone calls, your sweet "South Carolina" or southern remembrances (you made sure I wouldn't forget my southern roots) . . . I will deeply miss you in this present life . . . together we grieve the loss of a dear friend from daily life on this earth . . . Love & miss you -- Jeanne K. Callahan.

May we be blessed by God's comforting words . . . Psalm 23 & Psalm 46

Forever, "Ritzy"
Minneapolis, MN

Janis Steedly

May 30, 2020

Many memories were made while being suitemates at PC with Jeanne. Times were fun as many on our hall gathered in her dorm room to watch tv, eat popcorn, and laugh and giggle. Her Ford Mustang, Silver Star, put many miles on it as we went to Shoneys at night for hot fudge sundaes. She was a fun loving person with us, but on most weekends she wanted to be with her family and share good times with them. I am glad to have shared my PC years with this thoughtful lady. Jeanne, I will miss all those cards you would send to me and talking on the phone , but I know you are now with your family, not just on weekends, but forever.

Anne Thompson

May 28, 2020

Jeanne and I became friends at PC. We were sweet mates for 3 of those years. We had so much fun and continued getting together for years after we graduated. I still smile thinking about some of those times. She was always so thoughtful sending cards on different occasions. You’ll be missed by all of us who knew you and called you friend.

Anne Thompson

Cathy Caudle

May 23, 2020

Her parents and mine were next door neighbors until my mother passed away in 2011. Jeanne was a few years younger than me and I remember looking out our window for a glimpse of the new baby when she and her mom came home from the hospital after she was born. I've known her that long. We referred to each other as "sisters by a different mother". I am so sad to hear of her death. So few of us remaining from "the old neighborhood". I'm sure her kindness will follow her into the gates of Heaven and she'll be looking after her parents and mine as she did in her life on Earth.

Vera Tucker

May 23, 2020

Mother and I were so very sad to hear of Jeanne’s passing. Jeanne was very dear to my mom who loved being called her “Auntie Vera”. I’m grateful that Mother had both seen and spoken with her recently. She was such a sweet person, and we are so sorry she’s left us too soon but find comfort knowing she’s now with her mom and sister again in heaven.

Boo Major

May 21, 2020

Although I haven’t seen Jeanne since she left athletics, I am so thankful we crossed paths. She was a wizard with money. She and DeRonda did what 5+ folks are doing now.
I know I drove her crazy all the time because i am horrible with Math and had to reconcile our team trips all the time. My money management was always wrong but she always fixed it down to the penny. I loved going in her office with her glass door shut and talk trash about different things.
I also remember when she had had enough with everyone’s incompetence and folks would say “Jeanne’s in a mood.” You knew not to go on her office on those days unless you were desperate! There was always good reason for those moods and I’m sure it had everything to do with incompetence in the math department from employees like me!
Jeanne was masterful at what she did. I thoroughly enjoyed her company on the second floor of the roundhouse from when I started until she retired. I have thought about her often.
RIP Jeanne! You will be missed and thought of often.

Carol Seay Witzell

May 21, 2020

I met Jeannie in the 7th. grade at Crayton. We shared the same friends, Jan Cuddy, Janice Smith and Anna Maria Tsiantis. Our senior year the five of us boarded a train and headed for Walt Disney World! I have such fond memories of that trip! We were certain that at 17 we believed we were grown! I loved all of the girls equally with all of my heart. Perhaps I will see some of them at Jeannie's service. Heaven has gained an Angel! Sleep sweetly, Jeannie. I loved you as my friend!

Anna Maria Hobbs

May 21, 2020

I am deeply saddened to lose my closest friend , Jeanne. Friends since we were 9 years old we have been through a lot together. It true friendship Jeanne was a constant support to me and hopefully I was to her. We spoke at least 2 to 3 times a week for many many years. Rest easy my dear friend. I will miss you. Anna Maria Hobbs

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