OBITUARY

Jay Scott Callaway

December 10, 1953December 23, 2020
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With great sadness the family of Jay Scott Callaway announces his passing on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Jay, 67 years old, died peacefully at home.

Jay was born on December 10, 1953 in Bakersfield, California. Jay graduated as the Salutatorian from Gregory Portland High School, where he played varsity football and golf. He would sometimes regale people with stories from his glory days. Jay then started an Aggie family tradition by attending TEXAS A&M University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BBA Degree in Accounting in 1976. Daughters, Kendall and Jamie, followed in his footsteps graduating from TEXAS A&M University. Jay started his career as an oil tank auditor for Texaco before moving on to work at Enterprise Products Company, now known as Enterprise Products Partners L.P. He spent more than thirty years working at Enterprise in several positions, making countless friends along the way. Jay met his wife, Laura, at Enterprise, and they were blessed with two daughters, Kendall and Jamie. He was an active presence in his daughters’ lives, enjoying and supporting their love of playing softball and volleyball. Jay encouraged and nurtured their enthusiasm for reading and learning. He always believed children should ask questions and adults should give them the answers because knowledge is power. Following Laura’s death, Jay met his current wife, Sheila, at Enterprise. They spent their annual fall vacations on cruises in different parts of the world with a large group of friends that became family to them. Jay was an avid reader with his favorite work being the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He was also a fan of Edgar Allan Poe and William Shakespeare. Jay would quote from these and many more literary works and ask if you knew who wrote the passage and who the character was if applicable. He had a great knowledge of history as well as Greek and Norse Mythology. Jay enjoyed working in the garden and yard and taking his annual fall “hunting” trips with his college buddies. His latest gardening adventure was a vegetable garden where Jay, in true Jay fashion, mixed all the seeds together and planted them that way. The garden was a huge success yielding a lot of vegetables during this spring and summer. Jay’s guilty pleasure was the Houston Chronicle crossword puzzle with Sunday’s being his favorite. Jay’s greatest joys were his daughters and his grandchildren. After a visit he would always rehash and talk about our time together with tears of happiness in his eyes.

Jay was preceded in death after 20 years of marriage by his wife, Laura, his parents, Betty and David Callaway, Laura’s parents, Ruth and James Bogenschutz, Sheila’s parents, Pat and George Tormey, sisters-in-law, Carla Stringfellow, Ellen Klein and Maureen Lewis, and brother-in-law, Barry Klein. Jay is survived by his wife of 16 years, Sheila, their daughters, Kendall Finger (Luke) and Jamie Callaway (Dan Belcher), grandchildren, Beau Callaway Finger and Sadie Jane Finger, sisters, Dana Callaway and Lael Callaway Milam, co-parents-in-law, Shelli and Joey Finger, sisters-in-law, Aileen Taylor, Kath Owens (David), Trish Weikert (Mitch), Ann Naudin (Robert), Linda Skarbovig (Erik) and brothers-in-law, Roney Lewis, Mike Bogenschutz (Mary) and Matt Bogenschutz (Stephanie) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

The family asks in lieu of flowers to donate to The American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or American Liver Foundation in Jay’s name.

Due to Covid, attendance at the Celebration Service is limited to immediate family, others may virtually attend through clicking on the live stream link no earlier than 10:55a.m.

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  • Jay was preceded in death after 20 years of marriage by his wife, Laura, his parents, Betty and David Callaway, Laura’s parents, Ruth and James Bogenschutz, Sheila’s parents, Pat and George Tormey, sisters-in-law, Carla Stringfellow, Ellen Klein and Maureen Lewis, and brother-in-law, Barry Klein. Jay is survived by his wife of 16 years, Sheila, their daughters, Kendall Finger (Luke) and Jamie Callaway (Dan Belcher), grandchildren, Beau Callaway Finger and Sadie Jane Finger, sisters, Dana Callaway and Lael Callaway Milam, co-parents-in-law, Shelli and Joey Finger, sisters-in-law, Aileen Taylor, Kath Owens (David), Trish Weikert (Mitch), Ann Naudin (Robert), Linda Skarbovig (Erik) and brothers-in-law, Roney Lewis, Mike Bogenschutz (Mary) and Matt Bogenschutz (Stephanie) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

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Shamone Cranford

January 10, 2021

I want to start out by saying to know Jay Callaway was to love Jay! I started working for Enterprise in 2008 and Jay was my manager. I had two interviews with him and knew he was gonna be a barrel of fun and laughs. Jay had a way of always wanting to tell jokes and you never knew what was gonna come. The funny thing is that he would laugh so much before the joke he could hardly get it out and at times he had tears he was laughing so much. I would always be like "Jay get it out". Jay was an awesome manager and very knowledgeable. He had a way of figuring out issues and explaining them to where I could understand. Jay moved to another group later but almost every time I went to the bathroom he was like "Shamone I got a joke for you".

I kept in touch with Jay after he retired through Shelia. We sent messages through Shelia or at times he would drop a funny line on a picture on Facebook. I love the way he loved Sheila and how he would light up and she could set up straight at times. Sheila would always show me pictures of him and the grandkids and I knew they were the apple of his eye. The last time I saw Jay he had come to the office for lunch with some buddies. I got to hug him and tell him I missed him so I will cherish that forever.

To Sheila, Jamie, and Kendall, I am continuing to send up prayers that God gives you strength in this time of need.

I will end with this....EVERYONE NEEDS A JAY IN THEIR LIFE!

Muriel Hutchins (Johnson)

January 8, 2021

Sheila, my condolences to you & your family. Jay could make anyone having a terrible day feel so much better by his incredible humor. It makes me smile just thinking back at those EPCO days. I was so saddened to hear of his passing. I pray strength for you & your entire family during this difficult time. Love you Sheila❤️🙏🏽

Annie Quiroz

January 5, 2021

Sheila, my condolences to you and all the Callaway family, I am so sorry to hear of Jay's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Keep your faith and strength in God as he watches over you my friend. God Bless.

Brian Boyd

January 5, 2021

My condolences to all of Jay’s family. He came to Enterprise accounting shortly after I did, and he made the day better with that dry sense of humor
He made me smile every time I saw him and while we never saw each other outside of work, he was the first one I talked to when my wife got sick.
He retired shortly before I did but I owe him because when things got hot and heavy at Enterprise, a trip to Jay’s office would put things back in the proper order.
He is missed and I am very lucky to be able to call him a friend.

Kathy Norell

January 4, 2021

News of Jay passing is incredibly sad. I pray that all of his family and friends find comfort in having known him. He was truly one of a kind. There are so many memories that anyone that spent time with Jay will cherish now. He had such diverse interests and enjoyed them all with passion and humor. We shared the love of reading, cooking and gardening. He was such a good friend at work and we loved solving problems together. His bright mind inspired me to do my best. Making him laugh was the best part of my day. Heaven has gained one of the best men I have ever known.

Paul Schikal

January 4, 2021

My condolences to all of Jay's family. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed. His sense of humor is well remarked on by everyone. He was truly fun to work with. He was also very honest with everyone. I think you always knew where you stood with Jay.

I joined Enterprise in 1999 via acquisition. Jay was one of the first people I met. He certainly was a great help in understanding the culture at EPD. It was a very different experience from the corporate world I came from. EPD was still culturally run as a private company. People there were family and it was a struggle when the size of the family grows so fast.

Thank you Jay for all your help joining that family, and the humor you brought to the experience.

Lynn Ryan

January 3, 2021

Sheila, I worked with you and Jay at Enterprise for several years in the accounts payable department. Though I did not interact with Jay a lot, I do remember his smile and his wonderful sense of humor. I was so sorry to read about his passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May you find peace and comfort at this time.

Linda Miffleton

January 2, 2021

Sheila, I was so saddened when I heard of Jay’s passing. Our departments briefly shared a floor after the move downtown; he always had a “good morning” for me. Jay was a genuinely good person and he will be missed. I pray for comfort for you, Kendall, Jamie and the rest of Jay’s loved ones.

David Geis

December 31, 2020

Jay was an avid dove hunter. Sat with Jay many times in the field while hunting. A good friend, even only seeing him once a year. He will be missf by many.

Francine Kenney

December 29, 2020

My deepest condolences to Sheila, Kendall and Jamie. One of many fond memories I have of Jay was when we took the girls on the father daughter camp out. The fathers were all very proud of their girls and Jay was no exception. He embraced the experience and activities with the enthusiasm I would come to always expect from him. He was always fun and a good friend for the years we were in touch and sorely miss after that. I take comfort in the fact that he made an extraordinary life with Sheila and thank her for breathing life back into his. Please take comfort in knowing he will live on in your hearts forever just as your wonderful mother Laura does. Remember you are loved by all who know you because of the wonderful people they made you. May God bless you and give you strength during this difficult time.

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Kendall and Luke Wedding

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Grandma, Dad, Kendall and Jamie

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