Charles Gray Callahan, 73, of Virginia Beach, passed away on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, as a result of complications from esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his beloved family when he passed at Sentara Leigh Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Virginia Rogers Callahan and James Gray Callahan Jr.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Betty Lee Callahan; brother, Marshall Callahan (Jeanne); sisters, Margaret Jack, Nancy Petree (Bill), Lynn Callahan; and brother-in-law, George Lee (Svetlana). Surviving nephews and nieces include: James Callahan (Yvonne), John Callahan (Tracy), Mark Callahan (Charm), Virginia Eastwood (Colin), Angela Jones (Taylor), Jessica Horton (Corey), Stephanie Casey, Gregory Lee and Bryan Lee. Also, 17 surviving great nieces and nephews will miss their “Uncle Charlie.”
He graduated from Granby High School in Norfolk and attended Virginia Tech. At Granby, he was a star wrestler and won 47 straight matches and lost one: the state championship, when he wrestled with a sprained ankle. His opponent, Greg Tedesco, several years later gave him that medal because he felt he had won by default because of the injury. At Tech he was Southern Conference champion.
He worked with Tidewater Construction Co. and eventually retired as a construction superintendent because of eyesight problems. He was a well-respected construction man who loved the work.
For a while he was a real estate agent and invested in several properties, mostly in Virginia Beach.
His most recent joy was being the president of Bay Breeze Limousine Service Inc. in Virginia Beach.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel followed by visitation and reception at the chapel from 3-5 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Davis Corner Rescue Squad Inc.