David Callaham Sr.


Funeral services for David Callaham Sr., 86, of Madisonville, were held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Madisonville. The Rev. Jim Jackson, pastor of the church, and the Rev. Jim Crawford officiated the service. Interment was in Madisonville Cemetery.

David Lee Callaham passed away peacefully Jan. 1, 2019, after a brief battle with lung cancer. David was born Feb. 15, 1932, in Navasota, to David I. and Essie D. (Hadaway) Callaham of Shiro.

After graduation from Navasota High School in 1948, David attended Sam Houston State Teachers College, where he met and later married Eva Jean Farris from Huntsville. The couple met and began dating while both were enrolled in a Bible course in college. David graduated in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in Vocational Ag Education. Although he never taught, David held many jobs that were in agriculture-related fields. He joined the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1955 and was released in 1959 with an honorable discharge.

David began roping at an early age. He roped calves all through high school and college. He and others helped to organize the first national intercollegiate rodeo at Sam Houston in 1952.

The couple had several moves and finally settled in Madisonville in 1962. David owned and operated Callaham Soil Service for the next 10-plus years. He later owned Callaham Feed, Automatic Gas Co. and was an ag loan officer at the Farmers State Bank. In 1997 he was elected for two terms as Madison County Commissioner and served in this position until 2004. At that time David turned his full attention to his cattle operation.

David was an active member in the Madisonville community. He was president of The Sidewalk Cattlemen’s Association for the 24th and 25th years of the organization’s history. David also served in various other capacities within the organization. He served on the MCISD School Board and was on the Board of Directors of the Farmer State Bank of Madisonville. He was a director of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. David was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of Madisonville.

David was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Martin W. Simonton; his wife of almost 64 years, Eva Jean (Farris) Callaham; and his brother in law, James Farris.

He is survived by his daughters, Donna Morgan and husband, Les, of Lexington, Diann Shiver and husband Don, of Madisonville; and son, Dave Callaham and wife Crystal, of Madisonville. He is also survived by grandchildren, Ryan Morgan and wife, Hannah, of Humble, Cody Morgan of Lexington, D.L. Shiver, Dex Shiver, Trey Callaham, Delaney Callaham and Dillon Callaham, all of Madisonville; and a great-grandchild, Addison Morgan of Humble.

David also is survived by sisters-in-law, Lucille Benthall and husband, Fred, Winnie Sandel and husband, Joe, and Norma Farris, all of Huntsville, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would also like to acknowledge special friends Betty and Carroll West and Jan and Dave Ward.

Caregivers were Gladys Randle, Marilyn Brown, Deborah Brown and Pam Mosley.

Memorials may be made to the Madisonville Cemetery, Madison County Museum, and the First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were under the direction of Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville. www.madisonvillefuneralhome.com.