John DeWitt Callihan

January 30, 1920April 18, 2014
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After a lifetime of devotion to God, John D. Callihan, 94 of Kinston, went to his eternal rest on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 after a brief illness.

John served his country honorably in the Army Air Corp, 100th Bomb Group of the Mighty Eighth during World War II as a mechanic on the B-17 bombers stationed in England where he met his wife Monica. John was well known as the owner and operator of Herring-Curle small engine shop. He attended Gordon Street Christian Church.

He is preceded in death by his wife of almost 60 years, Monica Callihan, his parents, John Callihan and Lilly High Callihan, his brother Raymond and his sisters Gertrude and Ruth. He is also preceded in death by sons in-law, Henry C. Grant and Michael P. Rice.

Left to carry on his legacy are his daughters, Bonnie Grant of Wilmington; Debbie Rice Smith (Ray) of New Bern; five grandchildren, Stacie, Tony, Mandy, Vickie, and Michael, six great-grandchildren and his special “sweetie,” Mattie Ham and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Gordon Street Christian Church with Rev. Mark Benson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will be held at 2:00 pm at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, NC.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 23, 2014
  • Burial Wednesday, April 23, 2014

John DeWitt Callihan

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Stacie Te Korako

May 10, 2014

So sorry to just hear of Grandaddy's passing. I am thinking of you Debbie and the rest of the family.

Sharon Bullock

April 29, 2014

So sorry about Uncle Dewitt. If mom and I had been aware we would have attended services. Will keep you all in our prayers. Sharon Clark Bullock (Becky Callihan Clark's daughter).


April 23, 2014

Bonnie and Debbie, please accept my deepest condolence on the loss of your father. May the God of all comfort be with you and grant you peace at this time of grief.

Richard Daniels Jr

April 22, 2014

I worked with Mr. John @ Herring Curle for 2 yrs. He was one fine man and set a great example for me to follow. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 22, 2014

We are thinking of you, Bonnie & Debbie and families
Elwood Harper & Pat Lang aka Pat Harper

Renae Dail

April 22, 2014

So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

Adora Scott

April 22, 2014

Debbie , Dennis & I send our deepest sympathy. We will continue to keep you & your family in our thoughts & prayers. Sending our love, Dennis & Adora Scott


April 22, 2014

So sorry for your loss. During this difficult time "Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you." James 4:8

Karen Russo

April 22, 2014

Dear Mike and Beckie,
Please accept my most sincere sympathy in the passing of your grandfather. After reading his obituary, I realized just what an interesting life and wonderful person he has been. I pray God will welcome him with open arms and I pray that your grief is lessened with each passing day. God Bless you and your family at this sorrow filled time and may He bring peace to all of your hearts.
Very sincerely,
Karen Russo

April 22, 2014

Dear Bonnie and Family,
St. Stanislaus Church sends our condolences and our love. We are very sorry to learn of the loss of your father.