On Aug. 3, 2014, the final gavel sounded and the honorable Charles Galloway Calhoun Jr. received his eternal reward after 83 years as a good and faithful servant.
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The love of his life for 61 years, Virginia Sue Easley Calhoun, was, as always, by his side. Galloway, or "Judge-O," as his grandchildren called him, fought ill health with great determination for several years, but the end came quite peacefully, surrounded by his family.
He had a strong sense of service instilled by his father and mother, Galloway and Dorothy Calhoun. As a result, he led an interesting life.
After graduating from the old Tyler High School at age 15, he attended the Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and The University of Texas. He entered the Army and served in Korea. Upon return he enrolled in The University of Texas Law School. He served as district attorney for Smith and Wood counties. He was an assistant attorney general for the state of Texas. He was elected to three terms as a state senator. He also served as legal counsel to the governor, and returned to Tyler where he was a district judge for almost 20 years. He then served another 20 years as state senior judge. His greatest satisfaction came in the state Senate; he loved the process of creating law.
Galloway is survived by his four children and their families, Dorothy and Kerry Zbicz, Allison Zbicz Michael and Mark Michael and Philip and Peter Michael; Susan Calhoun Mathis and Sarah, Tyler, and Annie Mathis; Galloway and Suzanne Calhoun and Charley and Torie Calhoun; Waterson and Shelley Calhoun and Will, Jack and Grey Calhoun. Galloway was very proud of his children and their spouses and, of course, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He also leaves a brother-in-law, Robert L. Bobbitt, husband of the late Elizabeth Calhoun Bobbitt and his family, Calhoun Bobbitt, Lynn Bobbitt and Elizabeth and Maura Bobbitt, John and Karen Bobbitt and Nolan, Spencer and Caldwell Bobbitt; as well as sister-in-law, Reah Easley, Estee Easley and Joe O'Neil and Nixie Easley O'Neil.
His life was a life well lived, enjoyed to the fullest with lots of love. You can't ask for more than that.
For great love and care, we thank Betty Cuba.
We are eternally grateful to Dr. Sasha Vukelja for her knowledge, compassion and encouraging optimism, and Dr. Duane Andrews for his skill and care. He is truly "St. Andrews." Also, Dr. Eric Smith, who steered the ship and took such good care of Judge-O.
We thank all our friends for their prayers and love.
We ask that the Friendly Bible Class serve as honorary pallbearers.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at Marvin United Methodist Church.
Donations may be made to PATH, 402 W. Front St., Tyler, 75702, an organization Judge-O greatly admired.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2014